The Attrition War, Brewers
Part of a continuing series, follow-ups to the initial post detailing the Mariners history over the same period.
Do the Mariners, in comparison to other teams, suffer a higher rate of injury to their pitching prospects than other teams? Here, I look at the Brewers.
Please note that I am trying to refrain from drawing any conclusions or making any comparisons, guessing at causes or relationships, or doing anything but presenting straight data. When the series is finished, I’ll have a summary post where I talk about those things.
In every organization so far there have been are several cases where those stats seem to ignore something important. I’m going at attempt to address those in the summary post, as well as methodology and thoughts on future research directions.
The Brewers had 25 pitchers who appeared at least once on a Baseball America Top Ten prospect list between 1995-2004.
I had particular trouble tracking injury dates and the nature of injuries for this installment, and encourage readers familiar with the Brewers organization to add/correct information here in the comments or by email. Citations particularly welcome.
Of those, pitchers who injured their elbow and required surgery: 3 (Diggins, Gold, Santos)
Of those, pitchers who injured their shoulders and required surgery: 5 (D’Amico, Jones, Mieses, Neugebauer, Peterson)
Mystery injuries: 1 (Browne)
(generally, I’m looking for major surgeries that require ~1y off)