December 2012

Brewers Rumors: 2012 in Review


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Brewers Come to Terms With Mike Gonzalez


According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Brewers have come to terms with left-handed relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez on a one-year, $2.250 million contract, pending a physical examination after New Year’s Day.

The signing comes roughly a week after Milwaukee’s acquisition of southpaw reliever Tom Gorzelanny.

Gonzalez, 34, appeared in 47 games for the Washington Nationals’ bullpen last season, posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, striking out 39 batter to walking just 16. He was noticeably effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a combined .179/.257/.269 slash line.

A true two-pitch reliever, Gonzalez relies on a heavy dosage of four-seam fastballs (91-93 MPH) and sliders (80-82 MPH) to hold batters in check, though he does occasionally throw in a changeup (80-83 MPH) and sinker (89-91 MPH) every so often. He doesn’t maintain one true “out pitch;” his four-seamer held batters to a true-average (TAv) of .292 last season, with his slider holding them to a .273 TAv.

With a ground-ball rate of just 39.8 percent last season, Gonzalez relies heavily on the fly-ball to be effective. Furthermore, he should be considered more of a ‘contact’ pitcher who relies on his command to get batters out, rather than simply overpowering them. He knows how to produce a good deal of pop-ups, as well, as evidenced by a splendid infield fly-ball rate (IFFB) of 20% last season.

The only drawback to Gonzalez’s pitch-to-contact style of approach is that when the ball is put in play, batters generally have success. Opponents put up a .322/.319/.456 slash line against Gonzalez last season on balls in play, according to Baseball-Reference.

Even so, Brewers fans should not  expect Gonzalez to be a long-distance reliever, so to speak, and more of a bullpen specialist who works almost exclusively against left-handed hitters.

It should be interesting to see how this signing effects Milwaukee’s spring training 40-man roster, and more specifically how it might reshape the opening-day bullpen depth chart.

Prior to the signing, MLBDepthCharts.com projected the Brewers’ bullpen to be comprised of John Axford, Jim Henderson, Brandon Kintzler, Jesus Sanchez, Gorzelanny, Burke Badenhop and Josh Stinson. With Gonzelez in the fold, there is a decent chance either Bradenhop or Stinson, both right-handers, could get the boot to triple-A Nashville.

Courtesy of WashingtonPost.com

Courtesy of WashingtonPost.com

Brewers to Sign Tom Gorzelanny


Courtesy of WashingtonPost.com

Courtesy of WashingtonPost.com

The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly come to terms with free agent left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny on a two-year, $6 Million contract, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The deal will go through once Gorzelanny passes a physical examination set for Friday.

Gorzelanny, 30, spent the last two years with the Washington Nationals. In 2012, he made 45 relief appearances with the club. Logging exactly 68.1 innings in that role, he posted a 2.90 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, struck out 57 and walked 28, and held opponents to a .240/.318/.390 slash line.

Stuff-wise, the veteran southpaw employs a three-pitch mix that includes a sinker (89-92 MPH), four-seam fastball (90-92 MPH) and changeup (84-86 MPH), though he also tries to work in a slider (81-83 MPH), curveball (79-82 MPH) and cutter (87-89 MPH).

His best pitch is his slider, which opponents garnered just a .125 batting average and .188 slugging percentage against last season. The pitch is a true swing-and-miss offering, amassing a swing-and-miss rate of 43 percent. It was noticeably effective against left-handers, collecting a swing-and-miss rate of 46 percent.

Here’s a batter’s-eye-view of his arsenal.

Courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net

Courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net

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Brewers Reportedly in on Mike Adams, Sources Say


Mike Adams | Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com

Mike Adams | Photo courtesy of sports.yahoo.com

If one thing has become clear this off-season, it’s that the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t willing to take a chance  on risky free-agent talent.

Missing out on outfielder Josh Hamilton and right-handed starter Ryan Dempster (both inked free-agent contracts Thursday), general manager Doug Melvin seems to be sticking to his guns this winter.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that all is lost.

Still needing to find replacements for departing relievers such as Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Veras, Manny Parra and Kameron Loe, Melvin could be looking to find big-name bullpen help for next season. One such name that has been brought up in discussion is 34-year-old right-hander Mike Adams.

Fittingly enough, recent reports indicate that Adams may in the next few days decide where he will play in 2013, and beyond.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported Thursday that the Brewers are linked to the veteran right-hander.

Last season, Adams posted a 3.27 ERA (3.52 FIP, 3.95 xFIP), 1.39 WHIP, .327 BABIP and 7.8% HR/FB% over 52.1 innings as a member of the Texas Rangers’ bullpen, which was a far cry from his outstanding 2011 campaign where he hoarded a 1.47 ERA and walk rate of 5.1 percent.

Adams broke onto the big-league scene with Milwaukee in 2004 as a 25-year-old and stayed with the club through the 2006 season.

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