Those of you that know me? They know that I’m a Brewers fan. My baseball team is struggling right now. They need to make a deal. Get themselves a starter.
Problem? Anyone willing to trade a starting pitcher usually want to get themselves a starter coming back. For the Brewers? This poses a problem. See, arguably the best prospect they have currently is in the Pioneer League.
The delightful comedy of the name Jake Odorizzi notwithstanding, the Brewers are in-line to lose a shot at the playoffs for two bugaboos. One that has happened often. One not so much.
This effects the Brewers chances directly for two reasons.
An injured Brewer pitching prospect is four words that just fit together.
The lost post of mine from Bus Leagues Baseball is the story of the Milwaukee Brewers Top 100 Baseball America prospects. And there was a prevalent theme. Pitchers careers died out from injury. From Tyrone Hill to Nick Neuguebauer to Mike Jones, the road to Milwaukee is paved with the corpses of torn labrums and ligaments. It just is, you know.
This is what has sunk the prospectdom of Zach Braddock and Alexandre Periard. Zach has had to be shifted to the bullpen because his elbow cannot handle the rigors of rotational work. Alexandre, a.k.a. The Canadian Hiroki Kuroda, who had two months in Double-A last season, fell back down the hill and is currently back in Brevard County.
The Jeremy Jeffress conundrum
Everybody has a marijuana joke for when a player gets bounced for a certain amount of time due to the ol’ Shad Grimgravy. They’ve recycled them from the Ricky Williams incident. But when you have a pitcher who can hit triple digits with regularity, you have a pitcher with instant trade value, no matter how mixed the results.
But since Jeffress has a real problem with drugs? You can’t trade him. He won’t help you this year. He probably won’t help next year either. He may be more likely to get bounced for life than bounce his slider in Miller Park.
Now the divinity of Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay is not under this blogs purview, so we won’t bother. All we’re going to say is, you have to be lucky as well as smart when you build a farm system. If Periard was doing well in Double-A?
Who knows what would be happening.