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Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 12:00 pm
Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

Last offseason the Brewers made two huge moves that powered them to a National League Central title -- trading for Zack Greinke from the Royals and Shaun Marcum from the Blue Jays. One look at roster of players the Brewers have drafted and signed out of Latin America tell you exactly why the Brewers had to reach outside the organization for starting pitching. While the team has consistently developed position players, its track record with pitchers -- both starters and relievers -- is not so good. So, check out one of the best lineups in this exercise, and worst pitching staffs.


1. Corey Hart, RF
2. J.J. Hardy, SS
3. Prince Fielder, 1B
4. Ryan Braun, LF
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B
6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
7. Lorenzo Cain, CF
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C

Starting Rotation

1. Yovani Gallardo
2. Manny Parra
3. Dana Eveland
4. Mark Rogers
5. Tim Dillard


Closer - Mike Adams
Set up - Craig Breslow, Jeremy Jeffress, Zach Braddock, Tom Wilhelmsen, Michael Fiers, Mike McClendon

Notable Bench Players

The bench actually has a nice mixture of bats -- Mat Gamel, Matt LaPorta and Michael Brantley, along with two outstanding defensive replacements in Alcides Escobar in the infield and Tony Gwynn Jr. in the outfield. There's also a super-utility guy in Bill Hall.

What's Good?

The lineup is ridiculous. It's like the team's lineup from this year, but better. Lawrie at third base adds serious pop, while Hardy is an upgrade at shortstop (and really, who isn't an upgrade from Yuniesky Betancourt?) The core of the lineup is about the same, and shows the team knows how to spot bats that will play in the big leagues. This lineup is certainly one a manager would love to pencil in every, single day.

What's Not?

That pitching staff is ridiculous -- and not in a good way. Yovani Gallardo is a really good pitcher, but the rest ... woof. The fourth starter (Rogers) has 10 innings in the big leagues. The back of the bullpen with Adams, Breslow and Jeffress, well, it's better than the rest of the bullpen. Really, this is all a mess. There's no way this team could compete with this pitching staff. Just brutal.

Comparison to real 2011

Well, the pitching staff ensures this team wouldn't win the division or even sniff the playoffs. The staff is so bad, that even with all the runs they put up, there's likely no way this team wins 70 games. The Brewers tried to slug their way to titles in the past and it was proven it doesn't work. In the end, it's why the Brewers had to gut their minor league system to get Greinke, and trade away an impact bat to get Marcum -- pitching is vital to the success of a baseball team and this hypothetic team has next to none.

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Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:34 pm

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

@commonsenseplz... actually I'm not a Brewers fan.  I also know that you are taking yourself too seriously and think far too highly of your own opinion.

Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:41 pm

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

My guess, its still a 90-win team that if it caught some breaks and a hot streak could compete at the highest levels.
Hey dkh-fl, if you need professional assistance I can get it for you because drugs are bad, ok?

I wish we truly knew each other so that we could place a rather sizeable bet as to whether this team would win or lose 90+ games. Since you will take the wins, I will take the losses + your money. After Gallardo there is NO ONE even remotely capable of getting MLB hitters out on a consistent basis. Well, I guess they do have Parra; the proud owner of a 24-30 / 5.13 ERA lifetime stat line....and that's the NUMBER 2 SP! So, in essence, 80% of this starting rotation is crap and they could win 90+ games. You must be a Brewers fan, there is no other way a sensible person could believe your statement otherwise. 


Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:12 am

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

As stated in the article, the starting lineup and even the bench are incredible while the staff sans Gallardo is just pretty awful.  However, I think the overall prognosis would be better than mentioned.  I think with this much hitting, you can bail out some suspect pitching performances and even possibly build some confidence in less-than-stellar talent - especially at Miller Park. My guess, its still a 90-win team that if it caught some breaks and a hot streak could compete at the highest levels.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:12 am

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

The best part is that it looks like they made an account specifically to respond to this article! Talk about a *face-palm*

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:58 am

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Everyday people always critize how those players aren't on the team anymore, that's my 20 cents of amusement everyday haha. LEARN TO READ PEOPLE!!!

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:54 am

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Um, I think you need to re-read this article again before calling people out.

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:38 am

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

I could not belive it when I read this story.  The following players are not even Brewers anymore....J.J Hardy, Brett Lawrie, lorenzo Cain, Dana Eveland, Mike Adams, Jeremy Jeffress, Matt LoPorta, Michael Brantley, Alcides Escobar, Tony Gwynn and Bill Hall.  Plus some other names I have not even heard of.  Maybe somebody needs to proof read any other articles from this this person!!!!!

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:37 am

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have developed some awful pitchers through their system. The fact that Manny Parra is the #2 starter on this team is enough to make one violently ill.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:08 pm

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

"He is wierd looking if nothing else." 

... What a strange comment to make.  (BTW, if I remember from when he played in KC, he has one of the hottest wives in the MLB so he can't be too weird looking since there are plenty of other dudes playing who have the money she could have gone for if that was what she was after)

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:07 pm

Homegrown Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Omg, I laughed out loud when I saw this.

That is one awful pitching staff. Even Ben Sheets throwing left handed would crack that staff.

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