Mar 1, 2013; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first basemanHunter Morris
(92) singles during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Over the past week the Brewers have begun the process of designating many of their top prospects for assignment while also solidifying their major league roster for opening day.
Following the designation of RHP, Michael Blazek on Sunday the Brewers now have 35 players remaining in camp: 16 pitchers, 4 catchers, 10 infielders and 5 outfielders
The Brewers designation of Hunter Morris and Jason Rogers both to Triple-A Nashville sticks out among the moves. Morris and Rogers have been the Brewers minor league players of the year the over the past two years. However both are first basemen by trade and placing them in Triple A together means a likely move of Rogers to left field, a position he played throughout the spring.
With Sean Halton already destined for Nashville and Caleb Gindl soon to follow, there appears to be a logjam at the corner outfield spots with Rogers now in the mix. This depth at the Triple-A level does bode well for a team that saw numerous players make trips to the disabled list last season but will make for debate when the lineup card is turned in each night.
Two others names the fans should keep tabs on in terms of their club assignment are Taylor Green and Mitch Haniger. Green, another former Brewers minor league player of the year, is returning from injury and plans to be in the mix for the third base job in Nashville while Haniger could be destined for Huntsville. Haniger stood out in spring training and is a player that the Brewers should feel very good about leaving Maryvale.
It will be interesting to see how the farm system shakes out but these initial moves begin to set the path for the next round.