Sneak peek at the Brewers’ new Dominican academy

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As of this afternoon, the Brewers’ new academy in the Dominican Republic will be officially open for business.

Club officials including general manager Doug Melvin have spent the week inspecting the complex in Ramon Santana, a municipality just northeast of San Pedro de Macoris along the Dominican Rebublic’s southern shore. It is owned by former Brewers reliever Salomon Torres, who runs three such facilities and will oversee day-to-day operations under the auspices of his Towers Corp.

The Brewers have not announced the terms of their lease, calling it only a “long-term partnership.” They previously played at a less modern facility near Santo Domingo.

The new complex, built in 2006, represents an upgrade. It has two baseball fields, batting cages, bullpens, a clubhouse and weight room, plus 13 rooms of housing, classrooms and a cafeteria. The Brewers will move next season to the San Pedro de Macoris division of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League, joining affiliates of the Angels, Braves, Blue Jays and Tigers.

Torres also operates the Braves and Tigers facilities. He pitched his third facility, previously occupied by the Rangers, to Brewers officials at last year’s Winter Meetings in Orlando. Former Reds GM Dan O’Brien, one of Melvin’s special assistants, was the Brewers’ point man on the move.

“This new academy will provide the Brewers with all the necessary ingredients to allow their Latin players to take their baseball skills to a new level, putting them in a position to become a big league player some day,” Torres said in a statement provided by the Brewers. “From the meals to the fields, we take care of everything in between so the Brewers scouts and personnel can concentrate on their most important task, which is the development of these players.”

The move represents another step for the Brewers in re-establishing a base in Latin America. For more on that, and some additional photos, check Brewers.com later this morning.

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