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Brewers update from Peoria

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Mike Fiers might be one of the key players for the Brewers in 2013.  When given a spot in the rotation in 2012 Fiers came out firing and stayed strong until late September.  Can he build on what he did last year?  Certainly his start here at spring training would suggest so. 

 

Coming into today Fiers had given up just one run in five innings.  Granted that's a small sample size but it's a good start.  Today Fiers lasted into the fourth, he was looking to go four innings but after a home run and a single he was pulled.  All told he gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings while striking out three.  He told me he feels like he is getting there and it certainly looks that way.

 

Khris Davis is making headlines though it's likely he will start the season in Nashville.  The outfielder has shown some power the last two days with home runs against Seattle and Team Canada.  However, Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl are also having a solid springs but look for Davis to start making an impact no later than 2014.

 

Both Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena were on the mound today.  They were the two Class AA prospects that came to the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade.  Mixed results today.  Hellweg gave up four runs in an inning while Pena was sharp, striking out two in his inning of work.  These guys are still prospects so one appearance isn't make-or-break but with the Brewers pitching staff depleted days like today are valuable learning experiences.

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