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On Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that right-handed pitcher Michael Olmsted has been released. Of the 58 players that the Brewers invited to spring training, only 55 remain.
Olmsted, 26, went 1-1 with a 6.71 ERA in Triple-A Nashville in 2013. He gave up one earned run in 1.1 innings this spring. Olmsted has never made an appearance in the major leagues, but has been a part of the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers organization.
He had his best season in 2012 when he was a member of the Boston Red Sox. In High-A ball, Olmsted boasted a 2.29 ERA with a 13.96 K/9. He also saved 16 games. After being promoted to Double-A, he put up a 0.90 ERA in 20 innings.
With the Brewers’ bullpen already crowded with young arms and a handful of veterans, Olmsted never really had a shot at making the Opening Day roster. However, it’s a bit surprising the Brewers released him. At 6’6″, 245 pounds, Olmsted is a strikeout pitcher who owns a high-velocity fastball.
It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Olmsted was picked up by another team.