Let's go back, shall we? To this post I wrote way back in October. I said that signing Casey McGehee was a really small signing for the Brewers. Well it still and probably won't ever qualify as big but it sure is looking like a good pick up by Doug Melvin because McGehee should and probably will now make this club as a major player off the bench.
McGehee continued his hot spring by going 3-3 against the White Sox today in Cactus League action. He is now hitting .450 this spring (9-20) with 2 HR's and 5 RBI. Doing all this while Mike Lamb, who seemed to be almost a sure shot to make the club as a bench player and possible platoon with Bill Hall at 3B has hit just .190.
To me and probably to Ken Macha and Doug Melvin it just makes too much sense to take McGehee over Lamb on the final 25 man roster. Casey hits LHP and RHP about equally as well, if you want to start a left handed batter at 3B for Hall once in awhile you already have Counsell (no need for Lamb), we will more then likely have a left handed bat heavy bench with Counsell, Nelson and Duffy which would leave Rivera as the only righty and he is the backup catcher, then there is the versatility of McGehee he not only plays 3B but could play some 2B and could serve as an emergency catcher. So there you have it, all the reasons it Casey McGehee needs to be a Brewer in 2009 and why Doug Melvin may have found a bench diamond in the rough. Oh and one who was a former Cub who Chicago gave up on.