Catcher-turned-pitcher Robert Stock talks move to the mound

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I missed it when it was posted last week, but MiLB.com has an in-depth look at Robert Stock’s first year in the pen in the Cardinals chain. A 2009 second-round pick as a catcher, he made the switch this spring after hitting .241/.320/.347 in 2 1/2 years as a pro.

Stock had a 4.56 ERA in 71 innings as a reliever in the Midwest League this year before getting shut down with a sore shoulder last month. In the Andrew Pentis interview, he talks about his mindset as a former catcher on the mound and grades his pitches. He also says Stock the batter would have won the battle against Stock the pitcher this year:

“This year, the batter would win,” said Stock, who would work himself (against himself) into a hitter’s count and hunt for a fastball. “Hopefully, next year, the pitcher would win.”

Report: Brewers sign Yovani Gallardo to a major league deal

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Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.

Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.

Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.

Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.