MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke can't wait to get a firsthand look this spring at Mike Fiers, the right-hander with a deceptive delivery who does not wow the scouts but put up video game numbers last season in the Minor Leagues. Following a midseason promotion to Triple-A Nashville, Fiers went 8-0 with a 1.11 ERA, 69 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings and a .174 opponents' average, numbers Roenicke called "ridiculous." Fiers pitched only briefly with the Brewers, making two scoreless appearances in relief. That means Roenicke will get his first extended look at Fiers in Cactus League games, which begin Sunday with a Brewers-Giants matchup at Maryvale Baseball Park.
"I saw him in spring last [year], and I remember the first thing is that I loved his curveball," Roenicke said. "But the deception was hard for me, because I didn't get to see him much. ... I know he locates the ball well, has a good changeup. But there is something there with the deception that I think you need to see him to understand what it is." Roenicke compared Fiers' over-the-top delivery to Josh Collmenter, the D-backs right-hander who gave the Brewers so much trouble last season.