Last Call: Minor League rotations take shape

Last Call: Minor League rotations take shape

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Staffs are set.

• Brewers officials met again Thursday morning to finalize tentative rosters for Minor League affiliates. Since pitching depth is so important during a long season, here's a look at the starters tentatively headed to Milwaukee's top affiliates:

Triple-A Colorado Springs: Taylor Jungmann, Tyler Cravy, Nick Additon, David Gagnon plus one more to be determined. Jungmann, Cravy and Gagnon are home-grown players. Additon was a six-year free agent.

Double-A Biloxi: Brooks Hall, Tyler Wagner, Hobbs Johnson, Jorge Lopez and Jacob Barnes. All five were Brewers Draft picks.

The Brewers hope to get more prospect-types to Biloxi by the Double-A All-Star break. Taylor Williams has been slowed by right elbow inflammation, and Wei-Chung Wang will begin at Class A Advanced Brevard County as he converts back to starting. Wang spent most of last season in the Brewers' bullpen as a Rule 5 Draft pick.

• A day after Ryan Braun sat out with some mild hamstring tightness, it was center fielder Carlos Gomez's turn. But manager Ron Roenicke indicated the issue was so minor that Gomez would have played during the regular season.

• While the rest of the Brewers travel to Milwaukee on Saturday evening, right-hander Mike Fiers will stay behind to pitch a Minor League intrasquad game on Easter Sunday. At the moment, Fiers is lined up fifth in the Brewers' starting rotation, but Roenicke indicated he may flip Fiers and Jimmy Nelson.

If that change does happen, Fiers would start the opener of a series against the Pirates at Miller Park and Nelson would pitch the next night.

• Roenicke met Thursday morning with first baseman Adam Lind to discuss a plan for regular season playing time. Lind will start against some left-handed pitchers, Roenicke said, but will sit against others as a mechanism to rest his problematic back.

Jonathan Lucroy is the likeliest option to start in Lind's place against tough lefties. If Lind needs a day off when a right-hander is on the mound, outfielder Gerardo Parra could start at first base. He's never played the position in the Major Leagues, but has dabbled there in Spring Training.

• Former Top 20 prospect D'Vontrey Richardson was on a list of players recently released from the Brewers' Minor League system. Right-hander Tommy Toledo retired.

• Infielder Hector Gomez was summoned on Thursday morning to Minor League camp, where he was presented with the Brewers' version of a Gold Glove Award that honors the organization's top defensive player in 2014. Farm director Reid Nichols presented Gomez with a trophy in front of all of the Brewers' Minor Leaguers.

"It felt good," Gomez said.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.