Rex Brothers Signs With Brewers, is Probably Awesome Now

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Rex Brothers Signs With Brewers, is Probably Awesome Now

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs just couldn’t quite get the best out of Rex Brothers the last couple years, despite the obviously big-league-caliber stuff. The guy throws a high-90s fastball from a unique angle with great life. He pairs it with a devastating slider that cannot be hit when located. But he stayed in his lane as the left-handed Dillon Maples: all-world two-pitch mix, absolutely no control whatsoever. Thus, a big strikeout rate to be paired with a big walk rate and big hard contact rate.

But, you try. You find guys with enormous stuff, and you give it a go. No regrets and all that.

Now the Brewers will be the next club to try to set Brothers right:

It has now been nearly a decade since Brothers, 34 next month, was effective over the course of a big league season. But he keeps getting these chances for a reason. You can see it when he pitches. And now I dread that, indeed, the Brewers will be the club to finally set him right – it’s how the Cubs fan brain operates. But also, the Brewers do very well on the pitching side of things (though I feel like their specialty has been more internal development, rather than reclamation types).



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.