July 2007

Five tool player, Johnny Estrada, and Sharing Secrets

What is a five tool player?Arod

Mary

When a player is referred to as a five tool player; that simply means that he is well above average in all aspects of the game.  So you look for a player that has speed, power, strong arm, hits for average and is a great fielder.

Why doesn’t Johnny Estrada take off his mask when catching a pop up?

Jo

Estrada

Johnny says he feels he sees the ball better and it takes too much time to flip off his mask. He said he has always kept his mask on ever since becoming a professional baseball player.

When a player is traded does he share his inside knowledge of his former team with his new team? Is it an unwritten rule that you don’t tell secrets about your former teammates?Clark

-Karen

No, it is not an unwritten rule! When a player is traded to a team in the same league he will share what knowledge he has with his current team. It may be sharing what his former team’s signs are or certain tendencies the manager has; for example the manager likes to hit and run on a certain count or the signs he gives to the third base coach,

Updates on Koskie and Lezcano

Do you have any updates on Corey Koskie? He’s been on the disabled list for so long! -Ali

Koskie Corey is still recovering from post-traumatic concussion syndrome. When the team played in Minnesota this year he came to the park and had a nice visit with his teammates. He is far from being able to play and hopefully he will be over his concussion and will be ready for next year.

Sixto Update on Sixto Lezcano

The Brewers will be honoring Sixto on Ceverceros Day July 15th at Miller Park prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies. He is currently working for the Atlanta Braves Organization.

Melvin Will Doug Melvin make a significant trade? -John

I am not sure that Doug Melvin will be able to pull off a significant trade unless it involved one of our young players and I don’t think he wants to part with any of our young guns just yet.  He may try to package players like Mench, Gross, Shouse or a Matt Wise. I think we need another lefty in the pen. You may not see much action until later in the season when teams determine if they have a shot at the play offs.