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Back again for 2021!

Every year I compile MLB Network’s “Top 100 Players Right Now” in one place (in this here blog) which airs annually before the regular season begins.

Beginning in 2014, I decided to supplement those rankings by giving you a place to find all of the Top 10 Right Now lists as well.

PREVIOUS LISTS
2020’s Top 10 Right Now
2019’s list
2018’s list
2017’s list
2016
2015
2014

I’ll update this post over the weeks as the different positional episodes air on MLB Network in early 2021.

Monday, January 11: Relief Pitchers
Tuesday, January 12: Catchers
Wednesday, January 13: Center Fielders
Tuesday, January 19: Left Fielders
Wednesday, January 20: First Basemen
Wednesday, January 27: Third Basemen
Thursday, January 28: Starting Pitchers
Monday, February 1: Second Basemen
Tuesday, February 2: Shortstops
Wednesday, February 3: Right…


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As I did last year, entering 2018, entering 2017, entering 2016, entering 2015, and the year before, and the year before, all the way back to the 2012, I’ll be keeping a running list of the Top 100 Players Right Now as they are revealed on MLB Network, eventually compiling the entire list.

They will have revealed all 100 by the end of Thursday, February 13th. I’ll update this same space as they reveal the remaining entries.

The criteria for the list has changed slightly this season:

  • Emphasized stats from the last two (2) seasons (down from three)
  • Projected 2020…

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Each year I compile MLB Network’s “Top 100 Players Right Now” which airs annually before the regular season begins.

Beginning in 2014, I decided to supplement those rankings by giving you a place to find all of the Top 10 Right Now positional rankings as well. I continued with the 2015 rankings, again for 2016, here in 2017, at this link for 2018’s list, and you can find 2019’s list right here.

I’ll add to this post as the different positional episodes air on MLB Network.


What follows are the announced initial rosters for the parent club Milwaukee Brewers as well as each of the full-season minor-league affiliates of the same, broken down by position group.

Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers

MLB Parent Club (Twitter: @Brewers)

Manager: Craig Counsell

29 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (6)


Home games in bold

Note: TV = Fox Sports Wisconsin (or FSWI Alternate); Radio = WTMJ and the “Brewers Radio Network” around the state of Wisconsin; Webcast = free internet audio streams reachable via Brewers.com or the MLB At-Bat smartphone app

Date | Time (CT) | Opponent | Place | Broadcast

Sat, Feb 23 | 2:05pm | Chicago Cubs | Mesa | Radio

Sun, Feb 24 | 3:05pm | Texas Rangers | Surprise | Radio

Mon, Feb 25 | 2:10pm | Los Angeles Angels | Tempe | TV/ Radio
— This game will also air on MLB Network beginning at 10pm CT on…


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As I did last year, entering 2017, entering 2016, entering 2015, and the year before, and the year before, all the way back to the 2012, I’ll be keeping a running list of the Top 100 Players Right Now as they are revealed on MLB Network, eventually compiling the entire list.

They will have revealed all 100 by the end of Friday, February 16th. I’ll update this same space as they reveal the remaining entries.

The criteria for the list remains the same:

  • Emphasized stats from the last three (3) seasons, weighting 2018
  • Projected 2019 performance
  • Defensive position
  • Accolades
  • Intangibles

Here now are the Top 100–1 Players as listed by MLB…


OFFICIAL RELEASE

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the coaching staffs of their minor-league affiliates for the 2019 season.

Rick Sweet will manage the organization’s new Triple-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions, marking his sixth straight season as manager at the Triple-A level. Returning alongside Sweet are pitching coach Fred Dabney, coach Ned Yost IV, athletic trainer Aaron Hoback and strength and conditioning specialist Andrew Emmick. Hitting coach Al LeBoeuf rejoins the team after spending last season in the same position with Double-A Biloxi.

The Biloxi Shuckers will be led by manager Mike Guerrero for a third season. Chuckie Caufield returns as a coach and Nate Dine as the team’s strength and conditioning specialist, but the rest of Guerrero’s staff is new for the 2019 season. Bob Milacki and Jeff Bodenhamer join the Shuckers as pitching coach and athletic trainer, respectively, after spending last year in the same roles with Class-A Carolina, while Danny Santin joins the organization as Biloxi’s hitting coach. Santin spent the previous five seasons coaching in the Miami Marlins system.

In Carolina, Joe Ayrault returns for his eighth season as manager of the team’s Class-A affiliate. Bobby Bell will remain the team’s hitting coach and Jonah Mergen the strength and conditioning specialist, but the rest of the staff will feature new faces. Cam Castro joins the organization as the Mudcats’ pitching coach after spending last year as the head coach at Lake Erie College, Fidel Peña will be a coach after serving the same role with Class-A Wisconsin last season, and Matt Deal will be the team’s athletic trainer.

The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will once again have Matt Erickson at the helm, marking his ninth consecutive season as the team’s manager. Jeff Paxson will return as athletic trainer and Connor McCarthy as strength and conditioning specialist. Jim Henderson joins the staff as pitching coach after coaching with the Helena Brewers in 2018, while Dave Joppie will serve as hitting coach after spending last year in the same role with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The Brewers’ top Rookie level team will be managed by Néstor Corredor for a fourth year. The Rocky Mountain Vibes will also have Nick Stanley as hitting coach after he served the same role with the DSL Indians/Brewers in 2018, Josie Harding as athletic trainer and Lucas Weitzel as strength and conditioning specialist.

For the third summer in a row, Rafael Neda will manage in the Arizona League. He will lead the Arizona Brewers Blue alongside hitting coach Brenton Del Chiaro and new pitching coach Hiram Burgos. Yusnier Borrego will serve as athletic trainer and Hector Sánchez as strength and conditioning specialist.

A new team for 2019, the Arizona Brewers Gold will be managed by Liu Rodríguez, who spent last season as the hitting coach for the Helena Brewers. Steve Cline will be the team’s pitching coach after spending the previous two seasons in the same role with the Timber Rattlers, while Bobby Spain joins the organization as the team’s hitting coach after serving the same role for the independent Gary SouthShore Railcats from 2016–18. Tony Diggs will serve as a special instructor for both Arizona League squads.

At the Dominican Republic Academy, Victor Estevez enters his sixth season with the Dominican Summer League Brewers and his fourth as manager. Pitching coach Victor Moreno and hitting coach Luis De Los Santos return to the team. Natanael Mejia joins the team as a coach, Jay Williams as athletic trainer and Luis Rios as strength and conditioning specialist.

The Brewers and Cleveland Indians will pair up for a third year in a row to create a joint Dominican Summer League team. Manager Alcides Melendez, pitching coach Jesús Hernández and hitting coach José Peña will help with the joint squad. Jennefer Torres will be the team’s athletic trainer and Tyron Carrasquillo the strength and conditioning specialist. …


The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the coaching staffs of their minor-league affiliates for the 2019 season.
 
Rick Sweet will manage the organization’s new Triple-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions, marking his sixth straight season as manager at the Triple-A level. Returning alongside Sweet are pitching coach Fred Dabney, coach Ned Yost IV, athletic trainer Aaron Hoback and strength and conditioning specialist Andrew Emmick. Hitting coach Al LeBoeuf rejoins the team after spending last season in the same position with Double-A Biloxi.
 
The Biloxi Shuckers will be led by manager Mike Guerrero for a third season. Chuckie Caufield returns as a coach and Nate Dine as the team’s strength and conditioning specialist, but the rest of Guerrero’s staff is new for the 2019 season. Bob Milacki and Jeff Bodenhamer join the Shuckers as pitching coach and athletic trainer, respectively, after spending last year in the same roles with Class-A Carolina, while Danny Santin joins the organization as Biloxi’s hitting coach. Santin spent the previous five seasons coaching in the Miami Marlins system.
 
In Carolina, Joe Ayrault returns for his eighth season as manager of the team’s Class-A affiliate. Bobby Bell will remain the team’s hitting coach and Jonah Mergen the strength and conditioning specialist, but the rest of the staff will feature new faces. Cam Castro joins the organization as the Mudcats’ pitching coach after spending last year as the head coach at Lake Erie College, Fidel Peña will be a coach after serving the same role with Class-A Wisconsin last season, and Matt Deal will be the team’s athletic trainer.
 
The Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will once again have Matt Erickson at the helm, marking his ninth consecutive season as the team’s manager. Jeff Paxson will return as athletic trainer and Connor McCarthy as strength and conditioning specialist. Jim Henderson joins the staff as pitching coach after coaching with the Helena Brewers in 2018, while Dave Joppie will serve as hitting coach after spending last year in the same role with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
 
The Brewers’ top Rookie level team will be managed by Néstor Corredor for a fourth year. The Rocky Mountain Vibes will also have Nick Stanley as hitting coach after he served the same role with the DSL Indians/Brewers in 2018, Josie Harding as athletic trainer and Lucas Weitzel as strength and conditioning specialist.
 
For the third summer in a row, Rafael Neda will manage in the Arizona League. He will lead the Arizona Brewers Blue alongside hitting coach Brenton Del Chiaro and new pitching coach Hiram Burgos. Yusnier Borrego will serve as athletic trainer and Hector Sánchez as strength and conditioning specialist.
 
A new team for 2019, the Arizona Brewers Gold will be managed by Liu Rodríguez, who spent last season as the hitting coach for the Helena Brewers. Steve Cline will be the team’s pitching coach after spending the previous two seasons in the same role with the Timber Rattlers, while Bobby Spain joins the organization as the team’s hitting coach after serving the same role for the independent Gary SouthShore Railcats from 2016-18. Tony Diggs will serve as a special instructor for both Arizona League squads.
 
At the Dominican Republic Academy, Victor Estevez enters his sixth season with the Dominican Summer League Brewers and his fourth as manager. Pitching coach Victor Moreno and hitting coach Luis De Los Santos return to the team. Natanael Mejia joins the team as a coach, Jay Williams as athletic trainer and Luis Rios as strength and conditioning specialist.
 
The Brewers and Cleveland Indians will pair up for a third year in a row to create a joint Dominican Summer League team. Manager Alcides Melendez, pitching coach Jesús Hernández and hitting coach José Peña will help with the joint squad. Jennefer Torres will be the team’s athletic trainer and Tyron Carrasquillo the strength and conditioning specialist. …


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Each year I compile MLB Network’s “Top 100 Players Right Now” which airs annually before the regular season begins.

Beginning in 2014, I decided to supplement those rankings by giving you a place to find all of the Top 10 Right Now positional rankings as well. I continued with the 2015 rankings, again for 2016, here in 2017, and most recently for 2018’s list.

I’ll add to this post as the different positional episodes air on MLB Network.


Official Press Release & My Own Thoughts Thereafter

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitchers Bobby Wahl and Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio from the New York Mets in exchange for outfielder Keon Broxton. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“The addition of Bobby Wahl gives us another power arm in the bullpen,” said Stearns. “Bobby has the arsenal to be a very quality Major League reliever and has dominated the upper levels of the minor leagues.”

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Wahl, 26, has made 14 career relief appearances in the Major Leagues with Oakland (7 games in 2017) and New York (7 games in 2018). He was acquired by the Mets this past July 21 as part of the trade that sent right-handed pitcher Jeurys Familia to Oakland. He spent most of the 2018 season at the Triple-A level, going 4–2 with a 2.20 ERA and 12 saves in 38 games (1 start) between Nashville (34g/1gs) and Las Vegas (4g). He produced 73 strikeouts in just 45.0 …

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