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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Brewers - Signed Abernathy, others

Milwaukee Brewers - Signed 2B Brent Abernathy, C Mark L. Johnson, C Mike Rivera, 2B Brian Dallimore, P Jerome Gamble, and P Jared Fernandez to minor-league contracts; released P Gary Glover

None of these signings will cause the Brewers to win the NL Central, but pretty much all these players can be useful role players if injuries hit the Brewers.  Abernathy’s a perfectly suitable emergency 2B, Johnson and Rivera can back up for a few weeks without being too risky, Dallimore (and Rivera) can hit a little though neither is much defensively, and Gamble and Fernandez will happily fill any required role in AAA.  Heck, as a knuckler, Fernandez has like 15 more opportunities to crack a major league pitching staff.

2006 ZiPS Projections
Player       W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
Gamble       3   4 22   8   66   70   33   7 22 41 4.50
Fernandez     5 12 31 25 165 190 101 28 55 73 5.51

2006 ZiPS Projections
Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Abernathy   348 54   88 19 1   6 39 28 36 11 .253 .313 .365
Dallimore   405 56 107 21 1   5 41 28 53   5 .264 .322 .358
Johnson     221 27   50 13 1   3 23 34 35   1 .226 .332 .335
Rivera     234 27   55   9 1   9 32 11 53   1 .235 .279 .397

Dan Szymborski Posted: November 23, 2005 at 03:48 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: November 23, 2005 at 04:46 PM (#1743912)
I thought it was odd that both Dallimore and Abernathy ended up on the same team - one with a young stud prospect manning second at that.

I suspect Gamble (who I like as a future long man) will repeat AA after his rough '05.

Who else besides Jared Fernandez throws a "hard knuckler" in the minors?

Lastly, in my third and last mention of this on this site, Glover was released to join the Giants in Japan.
   2. My guest will be Jermaine Allensworth Posted: November 23, 2005 at 04:55 PM (#1743930)
If Glover joined the White Sox a year earlier, he could've had a spot waiting for him with the Cubs.
   3. Mike Emeigh Posted: November 23, 2005 at 05:04 PM (#1743950)
I thought it was odd that both Dallimore and Abernathy ended up on the same team - one with a young stud prospect manning second at that.

And one with another guy (Bill Hall) who could handle the position if necessary. Heck, the Brewers had Warren Morris playing at Nashville last year, and he's not a lot different from Dallimore or Abernathy.

I'm sure that Dallimore (who can also play SS) and Abernathy are minor league filler/major league insurance in the event of an injury, in the fine tradition of Trent Durrington. Neither would embarrass you if you had to have them fill in for a week or two.

-- MWE

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