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Minor League Transaction Thread -- From 2013 All-Star Break to 2014 Opening Week

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Posted: January 20, 2014, 2:37 PM Post
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Brewers Player Dev ‏@BrewersPD ·3 mins
The Brewers have signed 1B Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract with an invite to ML camp.


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Posted: January 25, 2014, 6:26 PM Post
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Via the Brewers Player Development Twitter account and then MLB Trade Rumors:

The Brewers have signed outfielder Jeremy Hermida and infielder Joe Thurston to minor-league contracts, according to a team release. Hermida, formerly an everyday player with the Marlins, played the entire 2013 for Triple-A Columbus in the Indians organization, batting .247/.365/.416. Thurston collected 307 plate appearances for the Cardinals in 2009 and last appeared in the big leagues in 2010. He played in Mexico in 2013.

Thurston is 34, Hermida will turn 30 this week.

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The Nashville roster is filling up when you consider the 40-man roster members who will be optioned, AAA signees, and likely callups from Huntsville's 2013 team.


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Posted: January 26, 2014, 3:39 AM Post
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Thanks to John Walk of the York (PA) Dispatch, we learn much more about veteran Joe Thurston (see post just above) via these articles from today (and 2012):

Brewers sign former Revs’ INF Thurston

New Rev was nearly sidelined by heart defect

Additional video feature on Thurston


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Posted: January 26, 2014, 6:58 AM Post
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Brewers own transaction and roster pages now indicate that IF/OF Joe Thurston and OF Jeremy Hermida did receive big league camp invites.


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Posted: January 27, 2014, 1:14 PM Post
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Infielder Pete Orr (career major and minor league stats) has been signed to a minor league deal, no indication of a big league camp invite for the 34-year-old (yet, but likely forthcoming).

Somewhat amazingly, Orr has played in the big leagues in eight of the last nine seasons, although cumulatively only has 689 career big-league AB's (.617 career OPS).

He also has a fun twitter associated with him (but not his).

EDIT: Via an MLB Trade Rumors writer --

Pete Orr did not receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training with the Brewers but will report with big leaguers on first day.


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Posted: January 27, 2014, 2:28 PM Post
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Thurston, and now Orr? Guess that speaks to the dearth in the system of infielders at the higher levels. It also seems more and more that former fringe major leaguers are willing to keep playing as long as possible. With nicer AAA parks and easier travel I suppose it's not a bad way to make a living.


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Posted: January 27, 2014, 5:03 PM Post
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Seems that we are done signing all the 1st baseman now we moved onto 3rd baseman.


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Posted: January 28, 2014, 12:04 AM Post
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Vincent Catricala has told the Brewers that he intends to retire.

Catricala was selected from the A's in the minor league phase of December's Rule 5 Draft. The 25-year-old once posted big power numbers as a farmhand with the Mariners, but he hit just .235/.292/.328 in 109 games between Double- and Triple-A last year.

Source: Greg Johns on Twitter


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Posted: January 28, 2014, 12:40 AM Post
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Via The Official Blog of the Jackson Generals' (Southern League) Director of Broadcasting Chris Harris

Catricala retires from baseball to pursue law enforcement


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Posted: January 28, 2014, 1:37 AM Post
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Thank you, Twitter reminder.

Brewers gave Pete Orr baseball's 1st hazardous duty incentive clause because of this:



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Posted: January 31, 2014, 2:46 PM Post
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The Brewers have signed 29-year-old minor league free agent catcher Lucas May (career stats).

May, a 6'0" right-handed bat, has played just a touch of corner infield in recent minor league seasons, but will certainly be listed as a catcher this spring. Drafted in the 8th round in 2003 out of a Missouri high school by the Dodgers as a shortstop (yes), and after seeing some outfield time as well as a young player, he has since seen time in the Royals, Diamondbacks, Mets, and most recently, Pirates, system.

LA traded him to Kansas City for Scott Podsednik in July 2010, and later saw his only twelve games of big league action with the Royals that season.

According to the Brewers Player Development Twitter feed, May won't be in big league camp for spring training, but will be invited to early minor league camp.

Find him on Twitter @LukedogKC.


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Posted: February 04, 2014, 1:53 PM Post
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As per his own tweet, we learn the Brewers have signed minor league free agent LHP Kevin James, who was Tampa's 9th round pick in 2009 out of Whitefish Bay High School in Wisconsin ($625,000 signing bonus, at the time the 2nd largest for a 9th round pick in the history of the draft), so James will be re-acquainted with (he's excited) his high school teammate and 2013 Helena Brewer, Charlie Markson (who played college ball at Notre Dame).

James, now 23 years old as of last October, pitched in four seasons at the Rookie and/or Rookie Advanced level for the Rays (career numbers, very limited innings, only one appearance in '09 after signing late that summer).

From the Milwaukee Baseball Academy website --

Kevin James was born and raised in Whitefish Bay, Wisc. He attended Whitefish Bay High School, graduating in 2009. He was a 4-year varsity baseball player and 3-year varsity basketball player. Kevin was voted team captain his junior and senior year in baseball, as well as captain of the basketball team during his senior year. He earned All-State honors in baseball his junior and senior year, and was named Louisville Slugger Wisconsin State Player of the Year and Old Timers Baseball Association Player of the Year during his senior season.

Kevin committed to play baseball at Boston College, but chose to sign a professional contract after being drafted as a pitcher in the 9th round of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Kevin played in the Tampa Bay Rays organization for 4 years. He will be working for Milwaukee Baseball Academy in his off-season, offering instruction for both participating hitters and pitchers.


James, listed at 6'4", 190, did not pitch professionally in 2013, it appears. Not quite sure why James was limited to four outings in his first full season of pro ball in 2010.

Follow Kevin on Twitter @KevJames17.

Heck, we even had a Brewerfan thread on him back in his draft year.

The Timber Rattlers seem like a likely starting point in 2014, perhaps Brevard County.

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So the Brewers trade for Will Smith, then sign Kevin James. Go Hollywood, baby! Welcome, Kevin!


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Posted: February 04, 2014, 2:27 PM Post
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So the Brewers trade for Will Smith, then sign Kevin James. Go Hollywood, baby! Welcome, Kevin!



A Hitch remake, maybe?


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Offline  Re: Minor League Transaction Thread -- Latest: Whitefish Bay LHP Kevin James
Posted: February 04, 2014, 4:30 PM Post
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Wow, I was so pissed when the Brewers took Pokorny with James still on the board, I was following him in the Rays organization but he just kind of disappeared and I assumed it was injury related, I could never find any information on what happened or why.

I'll be extremely interested to read more about this young man, and I wonder where his velocity is now? Kevin was drawing comparisons to Chad James predraft in 2009 at a PG event, but Chad has been an extreme disappointment for the Marlins as well, though in his defense he was rushed some early on. However his recent problems are all of his own making.

Here's his scouting report from the draft:
There's no doubt that lefthander Kevin James is Wisconsin's best prospect, but it's unclear whether he'll get drafted high enough to bypass a Boston College scholarship. He's a projectable 6-foot-4, 187-pounder who drew attention by consistently hitting 90-91 mph while pitching against suspended Illinois high school lefty Ian Krol in a Wisconsin scout league in the spring. James' curveball and command still need a lot of work, and scouts can't figure out why he doesn't dominate weak high school competition. James went 0-8 as a junior, and while he won his first start as a senior, he still issued six walks in five innings.


Just for comparison's sake, here's Chad's scouting report from the same draft when he was the 18th overall selection:
James spent the offseason on a stringent conditioning program, and his hard work will pay off when he gets selected in the first round in June. After pitching in the high 80s and showing a mediocre curveball last year, he has gotten noticeably stronger. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder now routinely sits at 90-92 mph and touches 95 with his fastball. While his curveball needs more consistency, it's close to a plus pitch at times. He continues to have success with a changeup that ranks as one of the best among this draft's high schoolers. James has some minor delivery issues, but he's so athletic that he should be able to make those tweaks with ease. His brother Justin was a fifth-round pick out of Missouri by the Blue Jays in 2003. Chad has committed to Oklahoma State, but his stock continues to rise, making it unlikely he'll make it to college.

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Posted: February 08, 2014, 11:43 PM Post
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Gilbert Lara has the loose, handsy, fluid swing that scouts are looking for with the plus bat speed and raw power to project as a future All-Star. He hit a number of balls out to left field at the heavily scouted MLB showcase and hit a triple and homerun in the game portion of the event. The chatter among scouts is the Dominican third baseman has an agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers for a $3.2 million bonus.


http://sbb.scout.com/2/1373523.html

Move this elsewhere if there is a better place for it.


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Posted: February 09, 2014, 7:01 AM Post
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jerichoholicninja said:
Gilbert Lara has the loose, handsy, fluid swing that scouts are looking for with the plus bat speed and raw power to project as a future All-Star. He hit a number of balls out to left field at the heavily scouted MLB showcase and hit a triple and homerun in the game portion of the event. The chatter among scouts is the Dominican third baseman has an agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers for a $3.2 million bonus.


http://sbb.scout.com/2/1373523.html

Move this elsewhere if there is a better place for it.


Interesting note, but until official in July, there's a thread in the Draft and International Talent Forum.


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Posted: February 27, 2014, 1:34 PM Post
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Brewers Find A Dutch Treat

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“I had seen him over there and worked out with him. I had never seen him play though,” Greene said. “He was working with our young catchers and he put on a show throwing, with a great release.”

Brewers special assistant Dan O’Brien and farm director Reid Nichols were so impressed with Milan they asked Greene to broach the subject of signing with the club.

“We made an offer and he went home and sat on it, and then decided to sign with us,” Greene said. “It’s a small world, literally.”

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Mass Haas said:
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I'm surprised LaCrosse's R.J. Seidel still is unemployed. He'll be just 26 for all of the 2014 season, and showed enough at his first taste of AAA in 2013 to make other clubs interested, one would think.


The Brewers re-signed Seidel after all, and Seidel is pleased about that.

From late August:

A look at potential minor league free agent R.J. Seidel via Wisconsin Sports Tap


Update 3/13 --

Chris Cotillo tweets that the Brewers have released Seidel.


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Originally Posted July 2nd, 2013 --

And That said:
Brewers Sign Panamanian Catcher Johel Atencio

Panamanian catcher Johel Atencio has signed with the Brewers for $130,000.

Atencio, 16, is 5-foot-10, 185 pounds and some scouts think his righthanded bat is his best tool. He trained with Emilio Sempris.






March 13th update --

The young man, who turned 17 last September, expected to debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2014, tweeted out an instagram photo of himself in a hard right wrist cast with commentary he was in Phoenix with a wrist fracture.


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Mass Haas said:
The young man, who turned 17 last September, expected to debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2014, tweeted out an instagram photo of himself in a hard right wrist cast with commentary he was in Phoenix with a wrist fracture.

Looks like Johel got a slap on the wrist -- hopefully the left one -- for sharing that. The link is now dead.

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