When Milwaukee traded for Zack Greinke, they had immediate postseason success in mind. The plan worked out in 2011, as the Brewers made it to the NLCS. But this season has been an ugly story, forcing Milwaukee to flip the page on their strategy and send Greinke on his way.
With their ace gone,the Brewers will most likely call upon their farm hands to fill Greinke's hole in the rotation. Though not terrifically deep, Milwaukee has a handful of young hurlers who could be a nice fill-in for the remainder of the 2012 campaign.
It will be no easy task replacing the former Cy Young Award winner. Greinke posted a 9-3 record with a solid 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for the Brewers. A dazzling pitcher with a lights-out arsenal, he struck out 122 batters in just 123 innings.
Unfortunately, Milwaukee's minor-league affiliates have no one close to an ace like Greinke. Replacing him is incomprehensible. Whoever Ron Roenicke places in the rotation, he will be more of an intermediate option than anything else.
Here are the five pitchers who can fill in for Zack Grienke in 2012.