After failing to pitch at all in the major leagues a season ago, former Minnesota Twins reliever Josh Roenicke, has landed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. There, he will join uncle, and current manager, Ron Roenicke.
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During the 2014 season, Josh Roenicke spent the entire season at the Triple-A level pitching in both the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies systems. It wasn’t a great year as he posted an ugly 6.04 ERA over the course of 89.1 innings pitched.
Last appearing in the major leagues during the 2013 season, Roenicke was a part of the Twins bullpen. He posted a 4.35 ERA across 63 games for the Twins in 2013. A career 4.17 ERA out of the bullpen definitely leaves something to be desire. However, with family ties in Milwaukee, he may be able to get things back on track.
Roenicke’s best season was easily the 2012 campaign in which he threw to a 3.25 ERA across 63 games in the hitter friendly confines of Coors Field for the Rockies. While never a big strikeout guy, Roenicke has always been plagued by walking far too many batters (4.8 career BB/9).
He likely will have a shot at making the club during Spring Training, but if career numbers continue to play, it would appear that it will be an uphill battle. Should he in fact make the team, the Brewers and Twins will face off against each other in interleague play.
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