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

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Posted: March 14, 2014, 2:16 PM Post
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Ha - figured that might not be up for long, maybe a friend or fellow player suggested taking it down. The Brewers? Really -- I mean, did the young man violate his own HIPPA privacy?


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Posted: March 14, 2014, 3:20 PM Post
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Ha - figured that might not be up for long, maybe a friend or fellow player suggested taking it down. The Brewers? Really -- I mean, did the young man violate his own HIPPA privacy?

I was thinking it might've been his agent advising him to take it down.

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(Now updated in subsequent post here)

Via Justin Millar (you can read his Twitter profile here to read where the young man contributes), this tweet:

The #Brewers have traded IF Hector Gomez to the #Angels

That link contains my mini-conversation with Justin, which includes our text when we discussed the Brewers' waiver claim of Gomez from the Rockies back in July of 2012 in some detail.

No word yet on what the Brewers get in return.

Despite a horrid 2013 at Huntsville, Gomez (career stats) netted a big league camp invite this spring and impressed, including Angels brass, apparently.

Gomez just turned 26 last week, should he ever be able to get back to the big leagues, the Dominican native with two big league games under his belt, has no minor league options remaining. With Yadiel Rivera likely to man shortstop in Huntsville, and a variety of vets likely to share duties in Nashville, the move makes sense regardless of return.


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The Brewers now list the Hector Gomez trade as official on their own transactions page, for a PTBNL.


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Posted: March 16, 2014, 4:07 PM Post
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Mass Haas said:
Sunday's tentative rosters, with a Matt Garza note he'll be pitching at AAA on Monday to keep him "in turn"


Notice that Hector Gomez is playing for Nashville.

And now this --

#Angels say there is "zero truth" to report yesterday that they had acquired IF Hector Gomez from #Brewers.

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Speculation is fun, but we never said it was definitive here until it was posted on the Brewers' transactions page (which is updated via the MLB.com feed).


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Posted: March 17, 2014, 12:31 PM Post
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As per Matt Eddy of Baseball America, Brewers released 2009 10th round C Tyler "Big Country" Roberts (career stats), drafted out of a Georgia high school, never quite jumped above Low-A Wisconsin.

We wish Tyler well, still only 23.


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Posted: March 18, 2014, 5:47 AM Post
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In earlier posts (including this one, please review) we had mentioned the previously announced eight Brewers signings from last summer's international signing period, several of which could be considered fairly high profile.

The Brewers have announced four additional signings within their DSL roster page:

Juan Diaz (09/24/1992), 21 years old), a 6'0", 185 lb. RHP from the Dominican Republic

Carlos Luna (09/25/1996, 17 years old), a 6'1", 175 lb. RHP out of Panama

Ken Paredes (01/11/1997, 17 years old), a 6'3", 185 lb. RHP from the Dominican Republic

Dilson Fernandez (05/09/1994, 19 years old, 20 in May), a 5'11", 185 lb. catcher from the Dominican Republic

So for now, the final tally for Dominican Summer League rookies to debut in 2014 will be four RHP's, two catchers, four infielders, and two outfielders.


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Pitcher R.J. Seidel of LaCrosse discusses the difficult decision to ask for his release -- the short article also provides soem insight into the roster games the Brewers (and others) must play in order to maintain a depth of talent.


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Pitcher R.J. Seidel of LaCrosse discusses the difficult decision to ask for his release -- the short article also provides soem insight into the roster games the Brewers (and others) must play in order to maintain a depth of talent.


Maybe he should consider the indy league route?


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Posted: March 20, 2014, 12:45 PM Post
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Just like we did in the fall when there was a batch of players released, we'll post something during the overnight tonight that properly recognizes the following players who were let go today by the Brewers:

RHP Jono Armold
C Brent Dean
1B Adam Giacalone
1B/3B Jalen Harris
2B Renaldo Jenkins
RHP Santo Manzanillo
OF Ben McMahan
RHP Eduard Reyes
C Tyler Roberts (previously noted)
RHP R.J. Seidel (previously noted)
LHP Taylor Wall
1B/DH Jesse Weiss
LHP Alan Williams

Best wishes to all these guys, it's a tough business.


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Posted: March 20, 2014, 1:07 PM Post
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Sorry to see Alan Williams on that list...Thought he had a good chance being a lefty. Career numbers didn't look all that bad. Good luck to him.


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I'm shocked to see Jenkins and Harris on this list but I would guess that means players like Neuhaus and Castillo are pushing those guys out, which should be a good thing from our perspective.

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Posted: March 20, 2014, 1:19 PM Post
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I'm shocked to see Jenkins and Harris on this list but I would guess that means players like Neuhaus and Castillo are pushing those guys out, which should be a good thing from our perspective.

Another shocker is Taylor Wall...is he hurt?


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Wall wasn't flashy from a stuff perspective but exhibited decent command and knew how to pitch, he was pretty awesome for WI last year. I remember posting multiple times that he should have been bumped to A+ at the break. The Brewers have this weird pattern of letting lefty relievers go early, I hope this one doesn't come back to hurt us.

You would think it has to be something along the lines of injury or discipline because his performance was anything but awful. He was never going to be a high strike out rate type pitcher and his walk rate was tad high, but not excessively so. He had a slower start giving up 5 runs in the first 2 months and settled in nicely as the weather warmed only giving up 7 runs the rest of the year.

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Posted: March 20, 2014, 1:51 PM Post
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Wall wasn't flashy from a stuff perspective but exhibited decent command and knew how to pitch, he was pretty awesome for WI last year. I remember posting multiple times that he should have been bumped to A+ at the break. The Brewers have this weird pattern of letting lefty relievers go early, I hope this one doesn't come back to hurt us.

You would think it has to be something along the lines of injury or discipline because his performance was anything but awful. He was never going to be a high strike out rate type pitcher and his walk rate was tad high, but not excessively so. He had a slower start giving up 5 runs in the first 2 months and settled in nicely as the weather warmed only giving up 7 runs the rest of the year.


I'm having thoughts of Theilbar...


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Posted: March 20, 2014, 2:46 PM Post
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... and Lucas Luetge who still has control issues but managed almost 78 MLB innings over the last 2 years.

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Posted: March 20, 2014, 5:24 PM Post
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Tough day indeed for these kids, all played in Helena at one time.
I am most surprised to see Harris on this list. Terrific athlete, clutch hitter, I thought he might have a shot with a move to 2B.


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Posted: March 20, 2014, 9:04 PM Post
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As many of these on this list prove, if you aren't picked high, you don't have the luxury of an off year after a promotion. You have to keep proving it every year. McMahan is a good example. He had a fine year at Appleton in 2012 then slipped a bit at Brevard last year but in just 246 PA. Had he been a top 5 round pick, he'd undoubtedly get another shot at Brevard. But alas 23rd rounders don't get the benefit of the doubt. Indy leagues are full of guys like that.

Wall though is a stunner. 2.15 ERA and a 1.152 WHIP last year?? If he's healthy some organization will pick him up.


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There has to be some back-story on some of these guys that we don't know about. I know the organization has a glut of fringy middle relief types and a similar glut of fringy infield types, but really? The organization feels better about Shea Vucinich and Greg Hopkins than it does about Renaldo Jenkins or Jalen Harris? Alan Sharkey does nothing for two years, but Weiss and Giacalone get the boot? You could probably fill two entire pitching staffs with guys 25 and older that have had worse results than Wall or Williams, but they all stick? What am I missing? In most of those cases, it certainly is not draft status.


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Posted: March 21, 2014, 6:43 AM Post
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Mass Haas said:
Just like we did in the fall when there was a batch of players released, we'll post something during the overnight tonight that properly recognizes the following players who were let go today by the Brewers:

RHP Jono Armold
C Brent Dean
1B Adam Giacalone
1B/3B Jalen Harris
2B Renaldo Jenkins
RHP Santo Manzanillo
OF Ben McMahan
RHP Eduard Reyes
C Tyler Roberts (previously noted)
RHP R.J. Seidel (previously noted)
LHP Taylor Wall
1B/DH Jesse Weiss
LHP Alan Williams

Best wishes to all these guys, it's a tough business.


Alphabetically on the releases specifically announced Thursday, links point to career stats via MiLB.com:

25-year-old RHP Jonathan (Jono) Armold, 30th round, 2012 - Armold was with the Timber Rattlers for all of 2013, tough to overcome being drafted at nearly 23 1/2 years old and then spending most of your rookie summer in Maryvale. Mike Fiers is a rare example, Fiers was nearly 24 when drafted. Helena's Steve Wendt interviewed Armold late in the 2012 season upon his arrival in Montana.

27-year-old C Brent Dean, undrafted out of UCLA, signed in February of 2010 after a brief independent ball stint in 2009 - Dean was also 23 when he signed, and only saw action in 104 games in his four Brewers seasons, often acting as the flex guy/bullpen catcher standing ready on the phantom disabled list. He had pursued undergrad coaching in the past, hopefully he stays in the game in some manner.

22-year-old 1B Adam Giacalone, 16th round, 2012, out of a Kansas community college - Apparently the Brewers focused on Giacalone's .636 OPS to begin his 2013 season at Wisconsin, and not his .842 OPS in 425 Helena at-bats. First base is crowded throughout the system, but this still seems like a tough cut. Similarly profiling and three years older Cody Hawn is still floating around the high-A level. Giacalone was a four-time interview guest of Helena's Steve Wendt in his two years there.

21-year-old 1B/2B/3B Jalen Harris, 41st round, 2011, out of a British Columbia, Canada high school - Harris displayed infield defensive flexibilty and posted a .732 OPS at Helena in 2013. We especially appreciated his inspirational story, as he discussed his past in athletics and how being born deaf had changed his life and his career in this July audio interview with Steve.

Just-turned 21-year-old 2B/SS Renaldo Jenkins, 19th round, 2011, out of a Georgia high school - So many days in the extended spring training Maryvale heat for these lower-profile high school draft picks, not an easy route. Jenkins seemed to tighten up his defense after a rough rookie campaign, but the Brewers apparently didn't see a spot for him with the Rattlers this coming summer, even in a utility role. Here's Helena media video/audio of Jenkins.

25-year-old RHP Santo Manzanillo, signed in the fall of 2005 out of the Dominican - Still just 25, really? We'll always have his age 17 numbers in Maryvale: 16.1 IP, 47 walks, 10 HBP! And yet his heater would eventually net him 40-man roster status. Darn that shoulder injury in a 2011 car accdent.

24-year-old OF Ben McMahan, 23rd round, 2011 - The University of Florida product posted an .835 OPS in 109 games as a 22-year-old at Wisconsin in 2012 and is now gone -- yikes, tough crowd. Brevard County 2013 seemed uneven - playing time, nagging injuries, but this still has the feel of a premature drop.

23-year-old RHP Eduard Reyes, signed out of the Dominican in February 2010 - Two and a half years in the DSL, a Maryvale stint, and then some less-than-pretty numbers during a full 2013 Helena campaign. Reyes was suspended for 50 games to begin 2011 for PED use during his rookie season. All his pre-Helena numbers had been promising.

(We had commented on Tyler Roberts and R.J. Seidel earlier in this thread when their releases became public.)

24-year-old LHP Taylor Wall, 22nd round, 2012 - Someone's going to have to explain this one to us. The Rice University product posted a 1.15 WHIP in 50.1 innings out of the Wisconsin bullpen in 2013, including a .208 BAA vs. left-handed bats. Given the organization's weak track record of producing servicable LH relief arms, this is a real puzzler. Steve Wendt spoke with Wall twice during his 2012 season there.

23-year-old 1B/DH Jesse Weiss, 36th round, 2013 - Weiss simply couldn't find his way into Helena's lineup last summer, just 15 games (all but two as the DH). Weiss was out of four-year Kenyon College in Ohio, and I know two Midwest League broadcasters who will be very disappointed Weiss won't be a Timber Rattler in 2014 because of a pop culture connection - twitter conversation.

Just-turned 24-year-old LHP Alan Williams, signed out of independent ball in May 2011 - This one stings. Williams was immediately dominant upon his signing, striking out 49 in 32.2 innings in his first go-round with the Crew at Helena and Wisconsin. This really looked like it was headed for Brandon Kintzler-type indy ball-find success. 2012 was solid if not as spectacular, and then this happened -- "received a 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program on May 21, 2013 while with Double-A Huntsville". If that continued to be a factor in this decision (and we don't know), then it's just a shame for the young man and the organization that it didn't go differently.


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