We continue on today with our new series slated to run through the next several months of the offseason, taking a look back at each of the 50 players who suited up for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2017 season. We’ll recap their 2017 campaign with an eye looking forward to 2018 as well, as we remember an unexpected and exciting 2017 season at Miller Park.
ROB SCAHILL – RHP
THE NUMBERS: Scahill made 18 relief appearances for Milwaukee in 2017, going 1-3 with a 4.43 earned run average. He worked 22.1 innings, striking out ten and walking ten as he finished the season with a WHIP of 1.39.
SEASON REVIEW: Given the chance to compete for a bullpen spot during spring training, Scahill was among the team’s final cuts after a dominant Cactus League showing that saw him allow just one run over 12.1 innings, finishing the spring with an ERA of 0.73. He opened up the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs and after pitching well there, earned a call back to Milwaukee in May. He made 13 relief appearances for the Brewers but was designated for assignment following a couple of rough outings. After going unclaimed, he was outrighted back to Colorado Springs, but when Milwaukee needed bullpen help again two weeks later, they again purchased the contract of Scahill. He made five more relief appearances for the Brewers in July, before being designated for assignment and outrighted to Colorado Springs once again.
With a mix of pitches that includes a low-to-mid-90’s fastball, a cutter and a breaking ball, Scahill isn’t over-powering and pitches to contact when he’s on the mound. He finished out the year at Triple-A and saw action in a total of 27 games for the Sky Sox. The right-hander went 0-1 with a 1.40 earned run average in 25.2 innings of work there, and managed to successfully convert on all ten of his save opportunities.
GAME OF THE YEAR: Scahill’s best game as a Brewers came early in the season in a 7-4 win over Boston at Miller Park. He entered in the fifth inning in relief of starter Chase Anderson and stranded a pair of runners as he proceeded to toss 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. He did not allow a hit and walked just two batters en route to earning the victory as the Brewers defeated the Red Sox.
OVERALL GRADE: C-
OUTLOOK FOR 2018: 2017 was a tumultuous season for Scahill, as he spent the year bouncing back and forth between Milwaukee and Colorado Springs. He put up great numbers at Triple-A despite less than ideal conditions, but didn’t have the same success at the big league level. He opted for free agency following the season and will test the market, but if the offers aren’t out there and the Brewers can get him back on a minor league deal, Schahill would provide terrific bullpen depth at Triple-A.