Brewers may have found their new Scouting Director

The search for the late Bruce Seid's replacement may now be over.

Former Brewers Scouting Director Bruce Seid tragically and suddenly passed away in September. Not much news if any at all has surfaced about the Brewers search for a replacement until today. Nick Piecoro reported this evening that the Brewers had hired the Diamondbacks' Scouting Director Ray Montgomery. At first his position with the Brewers was unclear. Then Piecoro tweeted that he will be the Vice President of Scouting and Special Assistant to the GM.

Okay, so it's still a little unclear at the moment if this means Montgomery is indeed the new Scouting Director. I assume so, but it's the title of "Vice President of Scouting" that's throwing me off a little. Either way this is a good get for the Brewers as Ray Montgomery is highly respected.

According to the Piecoro article, while with Arizona Montgomery oversaw the drafts that netted the Diamondbacks Jake Lamb, Braden Shipley, Archie Bradley, and Trevor Bauer to name a few.

This will be the second time Montgomery has worked for Milwaukee. He began his scouting career with the Brewers organization as an area scout for 4 years. He was responsible for finding and subsequently drafting Rickie Weeks. And for that my friends, I will be eternally grateful. He graduated to Midwest Supervisor before rounding out his time with the Brewers as the Assistant Scouting Director and National Supervisor.

He's had a pretty distinguished career thus far and has even been interviewed for General Manager positions with the Padres and Diamondbacks. We await further clarification of what precisely his role with the Brewers will be.

I for one am very please and excited. He seams a tremendous and capable replacement for the late Bruce Seid.

Fall Stars Game filled to brim with talent

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players from MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

Gallardo’s option picked up; Weeks’ declined

As expected, the Brewers committed to starting pitcherYovani Gallardo for another season by exercising his $13 million club option for 2015, and also exercised the team's half of third baseman Aramis Ramirez's $14 million mutual option. Ramirez has three days to accept or decline. At the same time, the Brewers declined an option on second baseman Rickie Weeks. His was a vesting option based on plate appearances that Weeks did not reach, so it became a club option instead.

Brewers may chart new course with free agency

A disappointing second half left the Brewers wondering what went wrong, and free agency may offer the organization an opportunity to move forward in its pursuit of a title.

Brewers claim Juan Centeno from the Mets

The Brewers second waiver claim of the week comes at the catcher position.

It's been a relatively busy day for the Brewers today. As I'm sure by now you already know they have picked up Yovani Gallardo's 2015 option and declined Rickie Weeks'. In addition to those transactional moves, the Brewers have announced they claimed catcher Juan Centeno from the Mets. Accounting for departing free agents, the 40-man roster now sits at 34.

Juan Centeno was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2007 draft. He's spent his entire career until today with the New York Mets, mostly as a minor leaguer. He received his first call up in 2013, but only appeared in 4 games. This year he appeared in 10 MLB games.

Centeno has never hit very well and even though the bar is set lower for catchers, he's unimpressive nonetheless. His defense may be a different matter though. Apparently he was excellent last year, but less so this year. With Martin Maldonado seemingly firmly entrenched at the back-up catcher position there seems little room for Centeno on the major league roster.

He will be 25 next year but he has no minor league options remaining. Never mind. I'm wrong about the minor league options (again). According to Jim Goulart he has 2 remaining. I'm sure conversations will be started about trading Maldonado. While that is certainly a possibility I think it's unlikely.

Even if it's just as depth, Centeno seems a fine pick up. It's no/low risk as are all waiver claims. Catcher is probably the weakest position in the Brewers system so any addition is welcome.

Brewers claim Juan Centeno from the Mets

The Brewers second waiver claim of the week comes at the catcher position.

It's been a relatively busy day for the Brewers today. As I'm sure by now you already know they have picked up Yovani Gallardo's 2015 option and declined Rickie Weeks'. In addition to those transactional moves, the Brewers have announced they claimed catcher Juan Centeno from the Mets. Accounting for departing free agents, the 40-man roster now sits at 34.

Juan Centeno was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2007 draft. He's spent his entire career until today with the New York Mets, mostly as a minor leaguer. He received his first call up in 2013, but only appeared in 4 games. This year he appeared in 10 MLB games.

Centeno has never hit very well and even though the bar is set lower for catchers, he's unimpressive nonetheless. His defense may be a different matter though. Apparently he was excellent last year, but less so this year. With Martin Maldonado seemingly firmly entrenched at the back-up catcher position there seems little room for Centeno on the major league roster.

He will be 25 next year but he has no minor league options remaining. Never mind. I'm wrong about the minor league options (again). According to Jim Goulart he has 2 remaining. I'm sure conversations will be started about trading Maldonado. While that is certainly a possibility I think it's unlikely.

Even if it's just as depth, Centeno seems a fine pick up. It's no/low risk as are all waiver claims. Catcher is probably the weakest position in the Brewers system so any addition is welcome.

MVBrewers #10: Scooter Gennett continues to develop in his first full season

After taking the second base job in 2013, Scooter Gennett continued to solidify his position there with a good 2014 season.

This year, we watched as long-time second baseman Rickie Weeks finished off his career as a Brewer. It was sad for many people as it signaled the end of an era in Brewers history. However, with the end of this era comes the beginning of a new era, as we are starting to see a new group of Brewers prospects reach the majors and impact the team. One of those is Scooter Gennett, a 16th round draft pick from 2009 who has taken the spot as the Brewers second baseman of the future. His appearance at #10 this season is his second straight year at #10 in the poll.

When you look at Scooter Gennett, you don't see much flashy with him. His best feature is his batting line, and he put up a line of .289/.326/.378 in 2014. He also had 9 home runs, 54 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. On defense, he generally doesn't make the big plays, but also doesn't make many mistakes. He had a DRS of -5 in 2014, with 9 errors committed (6 fielding, 3 throwing). The overall numbers have him as an average defense with a 0.6 UZR/150 in his career. None of that is impressive, but it's solid. Average defense and an above average bat is what the Brewers can use from their second baseman.

The biggest complaint about Gennett so far has been his ability to hit left-handed pitching. In his limited career in the majors so far, the numbers agree with that. This season, he hit .103/.125/.128 against left-handed pitchers, though only had 42 plate appearances against them. Ron Roenicke intentionally protected Gennett from facing many left-handed hitters throughout the season. It's a strategy that worked well, but it also forced the Brewers to carry a right-handed second baseman on the bench. If the Brewers want to continue to plan for this strategy, they will have to make an offseason move to support the bench.

Scooter Gennett is still young (he will be 25 next season), so it's possible that he will continue to develop and strengthen his hitting against left-handed pitching and his defense. Even if he doesn't, being the starter against right-handed pitchers in a platoon is still a good role to be in. Being an average defender with an above-average bat is something that is coveted by many teams. Gennett has a very promising future ahead of him, and it will be exciting to watch him develop over the next few years.

Best Game

Scooter Gennett's best game came on July 13 against the Cardinals, when he went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two RBI. However, there's not much to show for highlights from that game, so let's pull out his biggest hit of the season. On June 25, the Brewers were down 1-0 to the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg in the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Scooter Gennett came up to the plate, and he hit his first career grand slam. He would go 2-for-5 on the day with 5 RBI, a career high for him. Here is a video of the grand slam (with the call from Bob Uecker):

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Contract Status

With only a year and 84 days of service time built up so far, Scooter Gennett will be earning close to the major league minimum for the next two seasons. He will be arbitration eligible for the first time in 2017 and a free agent in 2020.

Previous MVBrewers

Previous MVBrewers posts can be seen at the links below, or in their own dedicated section:

  1. Jonathan Lucroy
  2. Carlos Gomez
  3. Wily Peralta
  4. Kyle Lohse
  5. Yovani Gallardo
  6. Mike Fiers
  7. Francisco Rodriguez
  8. Aramis Ramirez
  9. Matt Garza

MVBrewers #10: Scooter Gennett continues to develop in his first full season

After taking the second base job in 2013, Scooter Gennett continued to solidify his position there with a good 2014 season.

This year, we watched as long-time second baseman Rickie Weeks finished off his career as a Brewer. It was sad for many people as it signaled the end of an era in Brewers history. However, with the end of this era comes the beginning of a new era, as we are starting to see a new group of Brewers prospects reach the majors and impact the team. One of those is Scooter Gennett, a 16th round draft pick from 2009 who has taken the spot as the Brewers second baseman of the future. His appearance at #10 this season is his second straight year at #10 in the poll.

When you look at Scooter Gennett, you don't see much flashy with him. His best feature is his batting line, and he put up a line of .289/.326/.378 in 2014. He also had 9 home runs, 54 RBI, and 6 stolen bases. On defense, he generally doesn't make the big plays, but also doesn't make many mistakes. He had a DRS of -5 in 2014, with 9 errors committed (6 fielding, 3 throwing). The overall numbers have him as an average defense with a 0.6 UZR/150 in his career. None of that is impressive, but it's solid. Average defense and an above average bat is what the Brewers can use from their second baseman.

The biggest complaint about Gennett so far has been his ability to hit left-handed pitching. In his limited career in the majors so far, the numbers agree with that. This season, he hit .103/.125/.128 against left-handed pitchers, though only had 42 plate appearances against them. Ron Roenicke intentionally protected Gennett from facing many left-handed hitters throughout the season. It's a strategy that worked well, but it also forced the Brewers to carry a right-handed second baseman on the bench. If the Brewers want to continue to plan for this strategy, they will have to make an offseason move to support the bench.

Scooter Gennett is still young (he will be 25 next season), so it's possible that he will continue to develop and strengthen his hitting against left-handed pitching and his defense. Even if he doesn't, being the starter against right-handed pitchers in a platoon is still a good role to be in. Being an average defender with an above-average bat is something that is coveted by many teams. Gennett has a very promising future ahead of him, and it will be exciting to watch him develop over the next few years.

Best Game

Scooter Gennett's best game came on July 13 against the Cardinals, when he went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and two RBI. However, there's not much to show for highlights from that game, so let's pull out his biggest hit of the season. On June 25, the Brewers were down 1-0 to the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg in the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Scooter Gennett came up to the plate, and he hit his first career grand slam. He would go 2-for-5 on the day with 5 RBI, a career high for him. Here is a video of the grand slam (with the call from Bob Uecker):

Your browser does not support iframes.

Contract Status

With only a year and 84 days of service time built up so far, Scooter Gennett will be earning close to the major league minimum for the next two seasons. He will be arbitration eligible for the first time in 2017 and a free agent in 2020.

Previous MVBrewers

Previous MVBrewers posts can be seen at the links below, or in their own dedicated section:

  1. Jonathan Lucroy
  2. Carlos Gomez
  3. Wily Peralta
  4. Kyle Lohse
  5. Yovani Gallardo
  6. Mike Fiers
  7. Francisco Rodriguez
  8. Aramis Ramirez
  9. Matt Garza

What we learned: October 31, 2014

Today's lessons include the first offseason moves, more offseason awards, and #9 in the MVBrewers series.

The Brewers have started their offseason moves.

With the World Series over, the Brewers have officially kicked off their offseason planning. They can't begin pursuing free agents until Tuesday, but there are a few things they can do in preparation. The first is to decide the option status of their three players with options. So far, we know two of them: Yovani Gallardo's option was picked up yesterday, and Rickie Weeks' option was declined this morning. Remaining is Aramis Ramirez, who the Brewers have not made an annoucement on yet. They have until Monday to make the decision, so we may not hear about his status until the last minute.

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Brewers decline Rickie Weeks option; 2B will become a free agent

As expected, the Brewers chose not to pay Rickie Weeks $14 million for another season. He will be a free agent for the first time.

The Brewers have officially declined a $14 million option for 2015 on second baseman Rickie Weeks, meaning the long-tenured member of the team will become a free agent for the first time.

Weeks first broke in with the team for a brief stint in 2003, just months after the Brewers selected him with the second overall pick of that year's draft. He played in just a handful of games as a 20-year-old, then spent a couple years in the minors as a top-10 prospect nation-wide. In 2005 he rejoined the big league club on a permanent basis.

In the 10 years since being called up in 2005, Weeks has played in 1,135 games and hit .249/.347/.429 with 148 home runs and 126 stolen bases. Weeks was supposed to be a star, coming up as arguably the most-heralded prospect in a farm system that also saw players like Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy and Corey Hart come up around the same time. Instead, he ended up as an above-average and probably underrated second baseman.

Weeks had his down years, but he also had years like 2010, when he hit .269/.366/.464 with 29 homers. He only made one All Star game, and he's never received a single vote for MVP. He was both a fan-favorite and a lightning-rod for criticism.

Now, it seems Weeks will be gone. He'll almost assuredly want a starting spot somewhere, and someone will give it to him. The Brewers have seen the ascension of Scooter Gennett at second and have other positions where they need to spend the money.

Weeks will officially be available for any team to sign on November 4. Rickie Weeks is a run scorer; it's what he does. Moving forward, he'll be doing it for another team in all likelihood.

The Brewers picked up Yovani Gallardo's option, but still have to make a decision on Aramis Ramirez. The third baseman has a $14 million mutual option for 2015. If the Brewers decline their end, they will owe him a $4 million buyout.