The Starting Nine is a weekly feature that will post each Monday, including nine items from the past week worth checking out (if you haven’t already) as we get ready for the week ahead.
1. The Brewers’ 2017 season came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, but that doesn’t mean the players stop working. Down in Arizona, a handful of players are getting ready for the start of the Arizona Fall League season, while meanwhile many of the organization’s young prospects are participating in the team’s Instructional League. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com weighed in with notes on a couple of rehabbing pitchers, Phil Bickford and Nathan Kirby.
2. Eric Longenhagen was also on hand for some instructional league action and he filed a report for Fangraphs that includes tidbits on second baseman Keston Hiura, as well as right-hander Adrian Houser who has been tuning up for the Fall League.
3. Over at BP Milwaukee, Noah Nofz checked in with his latest piece, a look at pitcher Jon Perrin and his under-the-radar 2017 campaign with the Biloxi Shuckers.
4. Meanwhile, Kyle Lobner filed his latest Frosty Microbrews column for TimberRattlers.com, taking a look at a whirlwind season for outfield prospect Troy Stokes.
5. Lobner and Rattlers radio-man Chris Mehring also put together their latest podcast, discussing the Stokes feature as well as several other offseason topics.
6. At Baseball America, they are continuing on with their look at the Top 20 Prospects in each league, so far having touched on the PCL, Southern League and Carolina League with plenty of Milwaukee Brewers top prospects in the conversation for each league.
7. In the big leagues, outfielder Brett Phillips finished the season strong and stated his case for 2018, and Reviewing the Brew took a look at what the Brewers options may be for Phillips next season.
8. Another player who could factor into Milwaukee’s plans for 2018 is reliever Taylor Williams, who closed out Sunday’s game for the Brewers. Minor League Ball has a story on him, as he could provide the Brew Crew with another power arm in the late innings next season.
9. Finally, I just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers for a fantastic and exciting season. Going into the year, there weren’t many who would have predicted this type of a year, but the players and coaches managed to exceed expectations and the future in Milwaukee is looking extremely bright. With a few tweaks in the offseason and the continued development of young players, we’ve got ourselves a contender for years to come!