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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2017 Edition
Great to see two Flashes on Milwaukee. Lets go Milwaukee Golden Flashes!
09-02-2017 07:48 AM
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2017 Edition
Taylor Williams made his major league debut today, pitching the last 2/3rds of an inning in Milwaukee's 7-1 loss to the Reds.
09-06-2017 03:35 PM
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RE: Kent Baseball Players in the Pros - 2017 Edition
A traditional power hitters year batting 273 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs and excellent splits (273/349/513). It's near star level, overshadowed by all the really good 3rd baseman in the NL. He cooled down significantly in August and September batting just 232 with 7 homers. It could have been injuries because I think he had missed short amounts of time three times due to little injuries and maybe it was all building up.

He really has exceeded all expectations of mine at this point. I think he has established that he can handle 3rd base defensively and will be a starting for the forseeable future. I expect him to be more average next year, less BA and less power, but he has improved his K/BB rate and that I expect will hold. That said, he has consistantly exceeded my expectations, so I wouldn't be surprised if he was an all-star next year.

Andrew Chafin - Weird year for Chafin. Starting at the back of the bullpen and did great. Moved to 7th inning setup man behind Archie Bradley and did well until July, when he started to struggle. He lost his 7th inning setup man in August and was used more as a one-out LOOGY (Left handed pitcher One Out GuY) in September, where he did fine. What went wrong; hard to tell. He started giving up homers to righties, which was a strength and his strikeout rate slipped. I don't know if he was pitching too much (71 games for the year, even though he only pitched 51 1/3 innings) or something else (no talk of injuries that I saw).

Big picture, at the low end, he is very effective against lefties and there is no reason he can't be an excellent situational leftie. At the high end, he learns to handle righties well and can handle a traditional setup role. I expect he'll be in the bigs for a while. To me, it's more a question of the best role to maximize his talents.

Taylor Williams - And here's #3. Taylor Williams was surprisingly put on the Brewers' 40 man roster last winter after missing two years due to Tommy John surgery. The Brewers protected his arm all year, using him as starter at AA Biloxi, but limiting his pitches to around 50. They moved him to the bullpen late in the year and overall, he did well. Overall, he had an excellent strikeout rate, kept the ball in the park and, FWIW, seemed to get his control back by the end of the year (8 IP in August, giving up just 2 hits, 0 BB & 10 Ks). Since he was already on the 40-man roster, the Brewers called him up in September, but he was strictly mop up duty, pitching 5 times with 4 2/3 innings pitched, giving up 4 hits, 1 run, 2 BBs & 4 Ks).

Ok, so what do we have here? I really don't know. He's only pitched 50 innings in the last three years, but his fastball is in the 95-97 mph range and he has a plus slider. He did get smacked around a bit by lefties this year, so that could be an issue. My guess is that the Brewers (if they liked what they saw) will put him at AAA to start next year and maybe he'll get a longer look-see next year. It looks like he may have a future as a big league reliever.

I'll get to the minor league players later.
10-10-2017 12:23 PM
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