04/04/12 11:17 PM ET
Triple-A rotation highlights affiliate assignments
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
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|2||Jed Bradley||Brevard County||A+|
|3||Taylor Jungmann||Brevard County||A+|
|8||Jimmy Nelson||Brevard County||A+|
|20||D'vontrey Richardson||Extended ST|
"I'm more encouraged with what we see, guys who have a chance to be Major League pitchers," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who either hosted many of those arms in big league camp or borrowed Minor Leaguers to work the late innings of Cactus League games.Roenicke was particularly impressed with the stuff and poise displayed by Bradley and Jungmann, the Brewers' co-first-round picks in last year's Draft. "I don't want to say what's happened in the past because I wasn't here," Roenicke said, "but just looking from last year what I saw to this year, I like what I see this year."
Nashville was 71-73 last season but should be better in 2012 with the stacked pitching staff and so many hitters returning to what was a potent offense. They include third baseman Taylor Green (No. 5 on MLB.com's list), Milwaukee's 2012 Minor League Player of the Year, top outfield prospects Logan Schafer (No. 7) and Caleb Gindl (No. 15). All have a chance to play in the big leagues in 2012.
Debuts and Draftees
Both Bradley and Jungmann were advanced collegiate pitchers, so they're starting the season at pitcher-friendly Brevard County, only three steps from the Major Leagues. Each made a pair of appearances in Cactus League games and had a few weeks to soak up big league camp.
Class A Wisconsin was burned by what Melvin called a couple of "tough injuries" in mid-March, when slugging first baseman Nick Ramirez (hamate) and outfielder Max Walla (fractured finger) went down with injuries that will put them on the disabled list to start the season. Ramirez, a fourth-round Draft pick last year who hit 11 home runs in his first 59 professional games, was hurt on a swing with Melvin watching from the other side of the fence.
Teams on TV
The Nashville Sounds and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are among a growing number of teams whose games are available on MiLB.TV. The 2012 MiLB.TV package will include more than 2,500 Minor League games streamed live, as well as games archived for on-demand streaming soon after completion.