MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke saw his son, Lance, play just one college baseball game in five years at California-Santa Barbara. In less than a month since Lance was selected by Milwaukee as an outfielder in the 25th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the elder Roenicke has already eclipsed that number early in his son's professional career. After returning from Cincinnati this week, Ron made the trip to Appleton, Wis. -- where Lance recently was promoted from the rookie Pioneer League to the Class A Timber Rattlers -- to catch the second half of Wednesday's game and all of Thursday's matchup. In the two games, Lance combined to go 5-for-8 with three RBIs.
"He's playing great," Ron said of his son. "We'll see if it can continue. [But] he's doing well." Entering Friday, Lance was 7-for-12 (.583) at the plate and had yet to commit an error in five games. Having been a baseball coach in some capacity since 1992, Ron never saw Lance play in high school and didn't see one of his college games until before this year's Spring Training. When he does watch his son in action, he said he can't help but watch from a coach's perspective. "You can't turn it off," Ron said. "He's learning a lot. It's a new type of game from the college game. ... I usually don't say too much to him unless he asks me. We've done it for so many years, he'll call and say, 'I'm not quite sure about this,' and he'll ask me a question."