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Wrapping Up the Inaugural Year of Brewers Baseball Academy

If you’ll recall, this summer, we launched the new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All summer long, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for his summer wrap-up.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

WRAPPING UP THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF BREWERS BASEBALL ACADEMY

Well, it’s over. We just wrapped up the first season of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy and what an exciting summer it was! The only downside is that it kept me from writing. It’s difficult to explain just how time consuming and exhausting it can be bouncing from town to town and hotel to hotel…especially at my advanced age. :) Sounds like I’m whining, but the fact is that I love it and can’t wait to start next season.

Normally, my objective in these posts is to explore baseball and softball from an instructional perspective. But, there are a couple observations from the summer that deserve to be shared.

By a large margin, the winning observation is that the people of Wisconsin LOVE their Brewers. Whether we were at the Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay or  Sun Prairie High School or Carthage College, the passion for this team was amazing to see. Let’s face it; we’ve had a headline-grabbing summer and much of the news was not good. But Brewers fans continue to support the team and believe that the future is bright. Our staff witnessed that time and again and it sure made our jobs a bunch more fun working with kids who came ready to learn and ready to learn the “Brewers” way.

My second big observation is that there are some crazy good instructors in Wisconsin who also love the Brewers and poured their hearts and considerable talent into making the Brewers Baseball Academy a critical success. While we have a ways to go in terms of reaching our enrollment potential, from the perspective of a 20+ year camp veteran, what these guys did throughout the state was remarkable. We set out to create the best baseball and softball camp in America and I’ll be darned if that didn’t happen.

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A special thanks to Field Director and “Chief Entertainment Officer,” Scott Staude. And a big thanks to Station Leaders Dean Haase, Brian Gillogly, Dan O’Brien, Jason Jacome and Ronnie Nedset. Just outstanding.

I also want to thank Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson, Caleb Gindl, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Sean Halton, Logan Schafer and of course, Coach John “T-Bone” Shelby for making our trips to Miller park unforgettable.

We will be putting an exclamation point on our first season on 9/29 as 80 campers compete in the first Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy Skills Championship at Miller Park. If you want to check out the finalists, click here.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

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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