The following are highlights from the 2012 season for local athletes playing Major League Baseball.
PITCH TO BE STARTER
At the onset of the 2012 season, the Milwaukee Brewers seemed to be set on using former Glendale Community College standout Marco Estrada as a long reliever/spot starter out of the bullpen.
The club may have to reassess those plans going forward, as Estrada proved himself to be a more than viable option for every-fifth-day duty when he was thrust into the Brewers’ rotation after returning from a stint on the disabled list due to a strained right quadriceps on June 26.
Sitting at 0-3 with a 4.50 earned-run average to that point, Estrada went on to finish the season 5-7 with a 3.64 ERA, striking out 143 batters to just 29 walks. He finished the year out on a dominant run in which he went 5-2 over his last eight starts with a 2.03 earned-run average over 48 2/3 innings.