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Tough lesson for prospect Gindl

e5KvMwip.jpgOutfielder Logan Schafer and right-hander Amaury Rivas were all smiles
on Saturday when they visited Miller Park to be honored as Milwaukee’s
Minor League player and pitcher of the year. The duo enjoyed a much
happier end to the season than one of their Class A Brevard County
teammates.

Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said Saturday
that Caleb Gindl, an outstanding outfield prospect who missed the
Florida State League playoffs because of a broken right hand, was not injured
during his first at-bat of the regular-season finale but just after it.
Gindl grounded into a double play and then punched a door leading to
the clubhouse, suffering a non-displaced fracture.

The good news was that he led with his
non-throwing hand. The very bad news was that Gindl was placed on the
disabled list and missed the Manatees’ first-round playoff series
against Tampa.

“He said he didn’t hit it hard, but it was
enough,” Nichols said. “He was really embarrassed about it. That team
was such a cohesive unit and they supported each other so much that he
felt really bad about it.”

Gindl was upset, Nichols said,
because he needed at least two hits in the game to bat .280 for the season, a
personal goal. The outburst, Nichols said, was out of character.

“He’s
not a hot-head,” Nichols said. “I told him that we don’t want him to
change the fact that he’s setting goals; we want him to have high
ideals. What’s important is how you deal with failing when you don’t
meet those goals. He knows it.”

Even though he finished below
.280 — the double-play left him with a .277 average — Gindl had a
great season. He hit 17 home runs in an extremely pitcher-friendly
park, second in the league, tied for second in the league with an .822
OPS and tied for fifth with 71 RBIs. He also stole 18 bases.
 
The
Brewers picked Gindl in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft. He was rated
the Brewers’ 11th-best prospect in the most recent installment of the
excellent Brewerfan.net’s Power 50.
 

Emptying the notebook…

- Outfielder Ryan Braun is the Brewers’ resident fashion mogul. A story about his new clothing line, Remetee, will be on Brewers.com later today.

- The Brewers were unable to find a willing opponent for a “B” game on March 4 so manager Ken Macha instead scheduled an intrasquad game to keep his pitchers on track. For now, that’s left-hander Manny Parra’s day to pitch, and he will face a lineup of Minor Leaguers assembled by farm director Reid Nichols.

The Brewers do have a “B” game scheduled for March 10 in Surprise, Ariz. against the Rangers. They will play another intrasquad game on Tuesday in advance of the Feb. 25 Cactus League opener.

- Assistant general manager Gord Ash had his sit-down with Mat Gamel, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Macha was also there as the Brewers laid out their expectations for Gamel, who once again has a surprise injury. The good news is that his right shoulder impingement is not considered serious, and while Gamel is limited from throwing he was able to take part in batting practice on Thursday.

- Brewers pitchers faced hitters for the first time on Thursday. R.J. Swindle’s slow, looping curveball elicited some awkward swings, and some of the club’s baseball officials gathered to watch Trevor Hoffman face a group that included Brad Nelson.

- A downright skinny Ray King dropped by Maryvale Baseball Park and said he’s looking for a job. King, a left-handed reliever who pitched for the Brewers from 2000-2002 and again at the end of 2007, appeared in only 12 games last season for Washington but posted a 2.25 ERA in 32 games for the Astros’ Triple-A club and then pitched well in the Dominican Republic over the winter. He said he has been throwing at his nearby home in Litchfield park, Ariz. and is open to even a Triple-A job. The offseason market has not been kind to the 35-year-old.

“Crickets,” King said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

- Brewers Minor Leaguer Alex Periard was thrilled when the Brewers signed Eric Gagne and assigned him a spot in the clubhouse four lockers away. Periard and Gagne are both natives of Quebec, and Periard has never had a Franch-speaking teammate. Gagne has; he teamed with catcher Russell Martin in Los Angeles.

- Jeff Suppan took the “gold medal” in a bunting competition earlier this week between Brewers pitchers. Lindsay Gulin won the silver medal and Mark Rogers took home the bronze.

- Macha plans to control opponents’ running game from the bench this season. Last year, then-bench coach Ted Simmons allowed catchers Jason Kendall and Mike Rivera to do it themselves, meaning the players didn’t have to look into the dugout for signs calling for pickoffs and the like. Macha thinks coaches have a better perspective of what opponents are trying to do from the bench.

- Third base coach Brad Fisher started a new camp tradition on Thursday. Every morning before the Brewers stretch, one of the team’s Minor Leaguers will be subjected to a question and answer session. Judging by the laughter coming from the group that surrounded catching prospect Angel Salome, there were some good questions.

- The MLB Network is making the rounds in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues and will feature the Brewers on Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. CT. Former FSN Wisconsin sideline reporter Trenni Kusnierek will file the report.

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