Around the Horn: Winter Edition

MLB’s annual Winter Meetings begin on Sunday and with the Rule 5 Draft scheduled for next Thursday, things could be heating up over the next few days. In the meantime, here’s a quick look at how some Brewers are fairing in winter league action.

Top prospect Orlando Arcia continues to roll along in Venezuela. Through 15 games, the 21-year-old shortstop is batting .368 with four doubles and nine runs scored. Arcia has hit safely in seven of his last ten games, including back-to-back multi-hit games on Thursday and Friday.

Infielder Javier Betancourt, acquired from the Tigers earlier this offseason, has shown an ability to hold his own against advanced competition, hitting .273 with a home run in 14 games for Caracas.

In the Dominican, first baseman Jason Rogers continues to see plenty of action for the Licey Tigers. Appearing in 31 games, Rogers is hitting .277 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in.

Another of the Brewers newcomers, infielder Jonathan Villar has participated in 24 games for Aguilas, hitting .253. The 24-year-old Dominican is 20-for-79 and has been perfect in eight stolen base attempts thus far.

Pitcher Hiram Burgos made his winter league debut in the Puerto Rican League on November 20th with Mayaguez and in three games, one start, has yet to allow a run. Through six innings of work, Burgos has struck out seven without walking a batter while also picking up a save.

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Elsewhere, offseason prospect rankings continue to roll in as both Baseball Prospectus and Minor League Ball released their Brewers rankings this past week. To no one’s surprise, Orlando Arcia sits atop both lists.

Arcia’s former squad, the Biloxi Shuckers also received some more recognition this past week as they were honored as Baseball America’s Team of the Year.

Finally, the Brewers saw a pair of free agents sign elsewhere in recent days as reliever Jim Henderson inked a new deal with the New York Mets and catcher Juan Centeno latched on with the Minnesota Twins.

Henderson, a 33-year-old Canadian reliever, appeared in 111 games for the Brewers from 2012-2014 posting a 3.44 ERA while recording 31 saves.

Centeno, who spent the majority of 2015 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, saw limited playing time with Milwaukee early in the season, collecting just one hit in 21 at bats.

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