Jeffress and Gindl Set to Play in AFL Rising Stars Game

I made it here safe and sound (thanks to Frontier Airlines for what was probably the fastest flight ever between Milwaukee and Phoenix) after an early morning flight and headed straight to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for today’s game between the Surprise Rafters and Phoenix Desert Dogs.

The big news today from Arizona Fall League was the announcement of the teams for Saturday’s “Rising Stars” game.  Named to the team were Brewers RHP Jeremy Jeffress and OF Caleb Gindl.  Jeffress currently owns a 1.23 ERA (7.1ip/1er) in six relief appearances this fall.

 



Jeffress02.jpg“For Jeffress, we all know his repertoire,” said Mike Guerrero, manager of the Surprise Rafters and the Brewers Double-A affiliate Huntsville Stars.  “He has a Major League fastball and a Major League breaking ball and he has been working on his changeup which has a lot of promise.”

 
He is holding hitters to a .179 batting average (5-for-28) this fall.

 
“He is working with a good tempo throughout the fall,” Guerrero added.  “He needs to keep learning and specifically keep learning how the hitters play at this level.  He has the ability to do that and he has shown so far that he can do that.”

 
Gindl02.jpgGindl is tied for the team lead in hits with 13 and is hitting .325 (13-for-40) with five home runs and 23 RBI.

“Gindl is a quality guy, a guy who will give you great at bats,” said Guerrero.  “He can really swing the bat and be productive.  He has shown he is a good doubles hitter.  He is a plus defender with a plus arm. 

Both he and Jeffress have really stepped it up a notch during the fall and are deserving of their All-Star nomination.  I’m very happy for them, but for the most part, any one of the players representing the Brewers could have been selected.  They have shown strong numbers, but at the same time have showed us that they are ready to compete at a high level every day.”

Saturday’s Rising Stars game will be broadcast live on MLBTV at 8 p.m. Milwaukee time.  Former Brewers television play-by-play announcer Daron Suton will call the action.

Today’s game is just underway under clear skies in Phoenix.  The atmosphere is unique, relaxed like a Spring Training game, but without the same buzz.  Behind home plate sit around 25 scouts (more than I have ever seen for any Spring Training or Regular Season game).  There are around 200 fans here, more than I expected, but obviously not as many as a Spring Training game.  It is a cozy group, but a group that you can tell is interested in seeing the future stars of Major League Baseball.  You can follow today’s game via Gameday at www.mlbfallball.com.  

I will have a wrap up of the day later this afternoon.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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