By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Taylor Jungmann stands out as most destined to succeed in his inevitable promotion to Double A Huntsville in 2013. Standing at 6′ 6″, Jungmann has the physical ability to absorb a high amount of innings which was indicative of his first season with High A Brevard County – compiling an 11-6 record with a 3.53 earned run average in 153 innings.
Jungmann, 23, led the Florida State League in multiple pitching categories as the Manatees’ workhorse and had the ability to secure victories with meager run support.
While Jungmann will be a definitive part of the Stars season, Huntsville natives are hoping and praying one of their own will make an arrival to Joe Davis Stadium.
Pitching prospect Jed Bradley could be the second consecutive Huntsville native to wear Stars’ duds for the 2013.
Brewer officials and Stars front office personnel have had its sights set on the left-handed Bradley making a return to his hometown for much of last season despite a tough initial season with High A Brevard County.
In his only season with Manatees, he was able to keep his walk totals at reasonable level with 43 in 107.1 innings pitched but was unable to get out of several jams allowing 136 hits for a .311 batting average against.
For a better 2013, Bradley must work on his control after compiling a 5.53 earned run average with a 5-10 record. The 6-4 pitcher might have had a better record but many of his fellow ‘Tees were unable to receive much run support and led to pitchers climbing to the double digits in losses.
Adding to the potentially loaded staff would be recently optioned Nick Bucci, a 22-year-old Canadian right-hander. Bucci has progressively gotten better throughout his minor career within the Brewers’ organization.
Bucci was sidelined with an injury to begin the 2012 after compiling a career high 150 innings in 2011 with High A Brevard County.
In Bucci’s 2011 season he struck out 119 batters while allowing 51 walks for an earned run average of 3.84. The following season, Bucci was put on an innings limit and played a portion of 2012 with the Arizona League Brewers to retool his game.
Following four starts in Arizona where he struck out seven and allowing no walks in 11 innings, Bucci intensified his game for High A Brevard County by striking out 37 batters in 31.2 innings.
For further strengthening and development, the Brewers opted to have him make a few appearances for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.
Bucci’s performance with the off-season led the Brewers to believe he was on the radar for other teams in the Triple A phase of the Rule V draft and had no other option than to add him to the 40-man roster.
Despite a couple of rough outings, Bucci was able to show enough strengths to convince Brewer officials to make the decision to promote him to Huntsville for the 2013 season.
While Brewer officials appear to be confident in Bucci’s ability to succeed with the Stars, it could be a “sink or swim” season and the pressure could be on him to prove he is able to get the job done.