WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers trade away a top prospect
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers traded one of their top prospects this morning. First baseman Hunter Morris was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.
Brewers.com said the move was primarily due to a log-jam at first. Adam Lind is the starter, and hot-hitting Matt Clark was sent down to AAA Colorado Springs to keep his batting sharp should the Brewers need him later on. Manager Ron Roenicke says he'd rather see Clark play regularly in the minors, instead of putting him on the Brewers' bench where he'd be used only sparingly. Jonathan Lucroy plays at first occasionally, to keep his bat in the lineup while giving him an occasional break from the catching duties. Number-four outfielder Gerardo Parra is also getting some time in at first base, so he doesn't languish on the Milwaukee bench. The 26-year-old Morris batted .275 at all three minor league levels in 2014, with 11 homers and 45 RBI's in 103 total games. He was the Southern League's MVP in 2012 at AA Nashville, when he led the circuit with 113 RBI's. Morris was also named the Brewers' Minor League Player-of-the-Year that same season. He was Milwaukee's fourth-round pick out of Auburn in 2010.
Brewers finalize roster for regular season
PHOENIX -- The Milwaukee Brewers finalized their 25-man regular season roster today, when they sent utility player Elian Herrera to the team's minor league camp. That means outfielder Logan Schafer made the cut as the Brewers' final bench player. Schafer and Gerardo Parra will bat left-handed off the bench. Manager Ron Roenicke says it will give him a good balance of possible pinch-hitters and lineup replacements. Hector Gomez and Luis Jimenez made the team as right-handed hitters off the bench -- to go along with back-up catcher Martin Maldonado. The only other decision facing Milwaukee's top brass is whether to have reliever Jim Henderson start the season in the minors or on the Brewers' disabled list. Henderson is trying to regain his pitch-speed following shoulder surgery last summer. The Brewers still have three exhibition games left in Arizona before they start heading north late on Saturday. Milwaukee is playing San Diego this afternoon.
Gasser trying to forget last year's Kentucky game
INDIANAPOLIS -- Universit of Wisconsin senior guard Josh Gasser is trying to forget the ghosts of Final Fours past -- well, last year's, anyway. Gasser put a hand in the face of Kentucky's Aaron Harrison. But Harrison still managed to hit a three-pointer from NBA range with five-point-six seconds left, to give the Wildcats a one-point victory over Wisconsin in last year's national semi-finals at Arlington Texas. Gasser says the memory comes back from time-to-time -- but he has tried his best to learn from it, and move on. He said it contributed to a heart-breaking loss for the Badgers, and he believes it made the team better this season. It also helped that the team's stars all stayed around to go for another Final Four run. That includes seniors Frank Kaminsky and Traevon Jackson, and junior Sam Dekker. National pundits said Wisconsin's biggest asset is that they've had players who've been together for a long time -- unlike the "one-and-done" players on other teams who leave for the pros after their freshman years. The Badgers' experience helped them achieve a 35-3 record and their second straight national semifinal date with unbeaten Kentucky on Saturday night.
Wilson tied for 17th after first round of Shell Open
HOUSTON, Tex. -- Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a three-under-par 69 today at the Shell Houston Open. Wilson was tied for 17th place as of early afternoon, in the final PGA event before next week's Masters at Augusta National. Jerry Kelly of Madison was at one-over-par after three holes of his opening round. Scott Piercy was the clubhouse leader at that point, at nine-under-63.