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I just realized Vogelbach is wearing #21 and that was Shaw's old number. Winner of the Spring Training battle gets #21?


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I'd be surprised if he doesn't make the roster, no? Who does he have to beat out for the last infield bench spot, Mark Mathias/Jace Peterson, or is it Daniel Vogelbach?

I think Robertson is pretty safe.


Obviously Hiura, Wong and Urias are locks. Arcia and Robertson are probably close to it. If they keep 13 position players, it will probably be 4-5 outfielders, 5-6 infielders and the two catchers. That means Vogelbach and Shaw may be competing for one spot. I suppose they could keep both, but then that means only 4 OFers.


Travis Shaw is the only true third baseman right now slated to be at big league camp next week. I think he'd have to either get injured or go hitless in the spring to not break camp with the major league team.

Daniel Robertson is essentially a younger right handed version of Jace Peterson, but he hasn't played as much corner outfield. Both of those facts work against him.

Vogelbach's chances of making the roster indeed take a hit with Shaw as Vogelbach is now redundant now as a LH back up first baseman.

I don't think Urias is a lock because he has an option remaining, and the Brewers still have a need for a player who can play first and also hit left handed pitching a little.


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Lauer I can see being optioned but for me not a chance on Urias.... We gave up valuable pieces for Urias as the headliner.


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Again, I said nothing about his potential. All I was pointing out was his risk to totally flop is much higher than others. Due to his limited experience, age, and the fact he has a 400 PA history of not being a good hitter. It is very possible he continues to be a sub .700 hitter. I don't think that is really judging him. More players flop than actually succeed...even highly rated prospects. I am guessing the odds to not end up a good player greatly increase with every 100 PAs of poor play.

Just take BFRef projections for example:

Urias: .695 OPS / 59% reliability
Shaw: .716 OPS / 76% reliability

My point is Shaw is a veteran and his production is easier to plan for. Hopefully it raises the floor production we get out of the 3B position and is probably a big reason he was signed. Urias may have the higher ceiling, but he also could give you the worst production too. For his production floor I like the Shaw signing and I think both have nice ceilings for 2021.


If those 400 ab's all came in one year where he had regular playing time instead of spread out over a couple years I'd give it more credence. Granted it would be better if he hit well even when getting sporadic playing time but that's a pretty big adjustment to make for veterans used to playing every day let alone young guys.

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Lauer I can see being optioned but for me not a chance on Urias.... We gave up valuable pieces for Urias as the headliner.


I hope the Brewers are looking for what's best for the team, not what's best for PR. If they think they will get the most long-term value out of Urias by sending him to AAA, then they should send him to AAA.

I hope he earns a starting spot at the MLB level this year, but I really don't want to see him getting the small side of a platoon vs LHP. That to me seems like a waste of a year of his service time. If they decide to start Arcia at SS and Shaw at 3B, then I'd rather just see Urias go to AAA until the team feels that he is ready to be a full-time MLB player. Robertson should be a fine platoon partner if they decide to go with Shaw at 3B.

Both Arcia and Urias are "former top prospects" who have yet to hit in the majors. Which former top prospect do you start, as neither of them really fit the bill as a MLB third baseman? Urias was labeled "top prospect" more recently than Arcia, and Arcia has had a lot more of a chance at the MLB level to try to prove himself, but Arcia also showed some life at the plate last year, while Urias hasn't done much of anything in his short stint in the majors. I don't think it would be the end of the world if Urias starts the year at AAA and Arcia is given a shot to see if his 2020 season was the beginning of a "breakout."

As to Shaw, his numbers in the majors in 2019 were terrible, but he didn't forget how to hit. When given everyday playing time, he destroyed AAA after being sent down. I went to a game in San Antonio and he hit probably the longest home run I've ever seen. I think/hope the Shaw of 2017-2018 is still in there. The question will be how much "rope" the Brewers give him.

I didn't go into the offseason thinking "boy, I hope we sign Travis Shaw to be our everyday third baseman," but if Stearns & Co think he can rebound, then I'm definitely rooting for him. He's played well in a Brewers uniform in the not-too-distant past.

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Urias needs to play everyday, or close to it. He has a good approach and loads pf potential. Maybe he doesn't fulfill it, but this is a guy that needs to be on the field. Last year should not have changed whatever evaluation of him inspired the trade im the first place.


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Both Arcia and Urias are "former top prospects" who have yet to hit in the majors. Which former top prospect do you start, as neither of them really fit the bill as a MLB third baseman? Urias was labeled "top prospect" more recently than Arcia, and Arcia has had a lot more of a chance at the MLB level to try to prove himself, but Arcia also showed some life at the plate last year, while Urias hasn't done much of anything in his short stint in the majors. I don't think it would be the end of the world if Urias starts the year at AAA and Arcia is given a shot to see if his 2020 season was the beginning of a "breakout."


Arcia never really hit in the minors, his best year was in AA with an empty .307 avg (low HR and walk numbers). Urias has shown average, walks, power in AAA over a lot of plate appearances (granted, the power was only in 2019). He's a lot better of a prospect offensively than Arcia ever was.


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I think a decent argument can be made for Urias starting the season as the Triple-A shortstop. Both Counsell and Stearns have indicated in the past that they believe Urias is a shortstop. Somewhat interestingly, there really isn't anyone currently in the organization that makes a ton of sense to play shortstop at Triple-A to start this season. They could always stuff someone out of position there like Mark Mathias, but that would seemingly be a wasted development opportunity for someone like Urias to get additional seasoning at the position. I am fairly certain even if he started the season at Triple-A that Urias would be with the big league club before too long.

For the start of the season, Daniel Robertson has the ability to give them spot starts at SS. One of the limiting factors for Arcia is he really only has experience as a shortstop (yes, I know they've mentioned trying him at 3B, but I don't totally buy it). I do think they'll give Arcia the first opportunity to be that starting shortstop this year, but I get the sense there is a decent likelihood they'll be being willing to move on from him at some point this season if he doesn't perform.


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I just realized Vogelbach is wearing #21 and that was Shaw's old number. Winner of the Spring Training battle gets #21?

vogelbach is now #20.


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Don't mind the signing - the offensive floor is a little lower than if they had brought in the 2007 NL Rookie of the Year to handle third, but Shaw still gains about 100-150 points of OPS over Sogard.

Limiting exposure to LHP is crucial, and he does offer positional versatility having played 3B, 2B, 1B, and LF in the majors.


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Anything is better than Sogard, so glad we won't have the nerd this year. Great guy and teamate, but I don't want to see him playing in a Brewers uni again.

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BestInTheWorld said:
Lauer I can see being optioned but for me not a chance on Urias.... We gave up valuable pieces for Urias as the headliner.


I hope the Brewers are looking for what's best for the team, not what's best for PR. If they think they will get the most long-term value out of Urias by sending him to AAA, then they should send him to AAA.

I hope he earns a starting spot at the MLB level this year, but I really don't want to see him getting the small side of a platoon vs LHP. That to me seems like a waste of a year of his service time. If they decide to start Arcia at SS and Shaw at 3B, then I'd rather just see Urias go to AAA until the team feels that he is ready to be a full-time MLB player. Robertson should be a fine platoon partner if they decide to go with Shaw at 3B.

Both Arcia and Urias are "former top prospects" who have yet to hit in the majors. Which former top prospect do you start, as neither of them really fit the bill as a MLB third baseman? Urias was labeled "top prospect" more recently than Arcia, and Arcia has had a lot more of a chance at the MLB level to try to prove himself, but Arcia also showed some life at the plate last year, while Urias hasn't done much of anything in his short stint in the majors. I don't think it would be the end of the world if Urias starts the year at AAA and Arcia is given a shot to see if his 2020 season was the beginning of a "breakout."

As to Shaw, his numbers in the majors in 2019 were terrible, but he didn't forget how to hit. When given everyday playing time, he destroyed AAA after being sent down. I went to a game in San Antonio and he hit probably the longest home run I've ever seen. I think/hope the Shaw of 2017-2018 is still in there. The question will be how much "rope" the Brewers give him.

I didn't go into the offseason thinking "boy, I hope we sign Travis Shaw to be our everyday third baseman," but if Stearns & Co think he can rebound, then I'm definitely rooting for him. He's played well in a Brewers uniform in the not-too-distant past.


I tend to agree with what you are saying - past decisions are sunk costs. Don't make future decisions based on what it cost you in the past.

But I have to imagine the headlines if Urias goes to AAA so Shaw makes the team. Another prospect sent to the minors for Shaw to hit (or worse...to not hit).

I'd imagine that they'd cut/trade Arcia before sending Urias down, however.


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Looks like CC stayed in touch with Travis. The whole "hard feelings" narrative was obviously way overblown.
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Craig Counsell said he maintained conversations over the last year and a half with Travis Shaw. From a roster standpoint, Shaw, a LHB/3B is a good fit. And as Counsell said, "What he did last year was a fit."


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Looks like CC stayed in touch with Travis. The whole "hard feelings" narrative was obviously way overblown.
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Craig Counsell said he maintained conversations over the last year and a half with Travis Shaw. From a roster standpoint, Shaw, a LHB/3B is a good fit. And as Counsell said, "What he did last year was a fit."


It appears there might be some regret on Counsell's part with their decision to let Shaw go to begin with. Obvious hindsight, but his pedestrian results with the Blue Jays last year were still significantly better than what the Brewers got from the 3B position in 2020, especially after Gyorko started playing 1B nearly on a full time basis.

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this deal is official.


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Looks like CC stayed in touch with Travis. The whole "hard feelings" narrative was obviously way overblown.
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Craig Counsell said he maintained conversations over the last year and a half with Travis Shaw. From a roster standpoint, Shaw, a LHB/3B is a good fit. And as Counsell said, "What he did last year was a fit."


It appears there might be some regret on Counsell's part with their decision to let Shaw go to begin with. Obvious hindsight, but his pedestrian results with the Blue Jays last year were still significantly better than what the Brewers got from the 3B position in 2020, especially after Gyorko started playing 1B nearly on a full time basis.


I hope there's no regret. He was putrid before the Brewers released him and then not very good last year.


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Ron Robinson's Beard said:
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Looks like CC stayed in touch with Travis. The whole "hard feelings" narrative was obviously way overblown.
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Craig Counsell said he maintained conversations over the last year and a half with Travis Shaw. From a roster standpoint, Shaw, a LHB/3B is a good fit. And as Counsell said, "What he did last year was a fit."


It appears there might be some regret on Counsell's part with their decision to let Shaw go to begin with. Obvious hindsight, but his pedestrian results with the Blue Jays last year were still significantly better than what the Brewers got from the 3B position in 2020, especially after Gyorko started playing 1B nearly on a full time basis.


I hope there's no regret. He was putrid before the Brewers released him and then not very good last year.


I think there's some obvious hindsight in Counsell's quote. Yeah, Shaw wasn't very good in 2020. But the Brewers' productivity at 3B was downright putrid.

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In 110 career plate appearances, Luis Urias is hitting .337/.373/.500 vs LHP.

We need to see a larger sample size, but the question isn’t “can he hit MLB pitching?” It’s can he be more than a super utility platoon guy?

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He makes the team if he has anything more than the 2019 Shaw who seemed to have forgotten how to hit a baseball. One of those who fell of the cliff when Haines came to town.


Yeah, I don't know what happened to him. He was seriously progressing to becoming a star, at worst a high end 3rd baseman. Every metric was improving and suddenly he lost the ability to make contact. Initially I thought maybe the league caught up and found a hole in his swing, but he was having the issue in Spring training already. So I have to believe he changed something in his swing/mechanics/timing or had some sort of vision change.

I remember reading something about Shaw around Spring Training 2019 changing his swing as a result of the launch angle revolution. Maybe Yelich's big out-of-nowhere 2018 convinced him to do the same. Hopefully, he can remember who he is and that 2017-2018 swing and recapture 75% of the past glory.

Shaw mentions swing changing in 2019 due to launch angle revolution in McCalvy's article today:

https://www.mlb.com/brewers/news/travis-shaw-returns-to-brewers

Hopefully, he continues the progress he showed in 2020.


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I just realized Vogelbach is wearing #21 and that was Shaw's old number. Winner of the Spring Training battle gets #21?


Vogelbach is listed as #20 right now, so guessing Shaw got 21 back.


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