There are a lot of new players in the Brewers organization this year including in the pitching staff. The bullpen has been re-tooled with a combination of internal prospects and external players acquired through either trade, waiver claims, and even a Rule-5 draft selection. With all the new pitchers, Adam McCalvy recently asked Brewers catchers, “who has stood out the most during spring training”.
Not surprisingly, Corbin Burnes and Devin Williams were mentioned. However, when more digging was done regarding pitchers who are flying more under the radar, here is what they had to say. All quotes were provided courtesy of Adam McCalvy’s article.
Milwaukee Brewers catchers discuss which pitchers have stood out during spring training.
Brewers catcher Payton Henry talked about Matt Bush and Gus Varland. In regards to Matt Bush he said, “It’s the power, but it’s more the sharpness of every pitch. He’s got a freaking nasty curveball, and his four-seam is one of the best in the league. It’s really fun to not know a guy like that and then get to catch him right off the bat. It’s like, ‘OK.’ It definitely raises your eyebrows.”
As for what Payton Henry had to say on Gus Varland, “He’s been very impressive. I think he’s going to be a fun one coming up because he’s got some electric stuff. I faced him in live BP and that slider is just wipeout.”
William Contreras talked about Elvis Peguero and his sinker. “Big sinker. He needs to get more ‘quiet,’ more relaxed. He’ll get better with the tempo. He’ll get better command.” Similarly, Victor Caratini said, “Peguero has a big sinker. Very, very good. Heavy sinker.”
Lastly, Brian Navarreto talked about Tyson Miller. “It’s a funky windup and delivery, so it makes it interesting. He commands the ball really well, too.”
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