Posted by Steve
First things first… I’m sorry for that awful headline. I just couldn’t resist trying my hand at those one of those terrible ESPN-esque puns. I’ll do my best to keep it from ever happening again.
Potentially exciting news, as the Brewers have called up Lorenzo Cain, one of their best position prospects and someone I hope will be a future starting outfielder in Milwaukee. Cain has been banging the door down this season, hitting at a .326/.407/.439 clip between AA and AAA. He is supposedly a capable center fielder, and may eventually hit enough to play right field.
I called this move potentially exciting, because I am waiting to see whether Cain will get the Gamel treatment. I did not hide the fact that I hated the way the Brewers handled Mat Gamel last season–called him up essentially to be a bench player. It did nothing but waste MLB service time and keep him from getting regular AB’s he would have had in the minors. I will not be happy at all if they use Cain in a similar manner.
The Brewers need to take advantage of a bad situation (a lost season) and play Cain and Carlos Gomez regularly the rest of the year. It’s an opportunity to give them regular time against big league pitching without the pressure of needing to win games. Hopefully Hart is traded soon, and Edmonds should go also. Edmonds is of no use to a non-competing team. He’d be a good fit as a bench bat on a contending team, and the Brewers might be able to get something useful for him. Even if they don’t, there’s no use keeping him around to suck up playing time from guys who could be here long-term.
It’s time to see what Lo Cain can do, and time to see if Gomez can even play. They should each be getting at least 4 starts a week soon enough. If not, the Brewers are wasting an opportunity.