The Milwaukee Brewers are in the midst of trading season, and with the team going nowhere it is time to start making moves. Last week, I wrote about how this team has plenty of trade candidates. Here is a look at some of the Brewers’ minor leaguers who could benefit from a trading spree with a promotion.
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Once viewed as the top-prospect in the Brewers’ system, Thornburg has been moved back and forth from starter and reliever like a yo-yo for years. So far, pitching in Colorado Springs, a hitters paradise, Thornburg has struggled to a 1-3 record with a 5.40 ERA. Hitters have batted over .350 off of him and his WHIP has neared two. Though these numbers have been bad, a call-up at some point is not out of the question for the 26-year-old prospect.
Cravy was awesome when he got his start in Milwaukee earlier in the month, and he has continued to excel in AAA since his demotion. He has allowed just one run in 13 innings since his demotion, and at 7-4 with a 3.36 ERA he has truly become the Sky Sox ace.
Jorge Lopez didn’t start the season out dominant, but he is getting better with each start in Biloxi. He is currently 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA and this June he has been unhittable. In three June starts, Lopez is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA. At just 22-years-old he looks like he could be a big factor in future Brewers’ rotations.
Speaking of great pitchers at Biloxi, Tyler Wagner has been rolling all year. His debut in Milwaukee didn’t go how he would have liked it to go, but i Biloxi he has been incredible. In 11 AA starts, he is 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA. Always a leader in ERA in the minor leagues, Wagner’s future is as bright as any starter in the system.
Goforth was up in Milwaukee earlier in the year and was successful in a minimal role. Now back at AAA, he the Sky Sox’ most successful reliever with a 2.88 ERA. Once viewed as a future closer, he could be an arm to watch as a late-inning reliever for future years in Milwaukee.
Like many of the pitchers at the top of this list, Sardinas has seen time in the majors. While he batted just .221, the defense first middle infielder did well in place of the injured, Jean Segura. Heading back to the minor leagues, Sardinas needs to improve his patience at the plate. In 20 games, he walked just twice. This needs to be improved if he is going to be an everyday fixture at the top of the Brewers’ lineup.
In an organization that is full of middle infielders and shortstops, Yadiel Rivera has continued to impress. Also viewed as a glove first prospect, Rivera has had a career year at the plate. After pounding AA pitching, Rivera has been promoted to AAA Colorado Springs. Though he has moved up a level, he is still batting .277 at AAA and batting a combined .300 on the year. If there are moves made, it wouldn’t be surprising to see another promotion for Rivera this season.
I for one was shocked that Clark didn’t make the opening day roster out of spring training this season. Since going down to the Sky Sox to start the year, Clark has 11 homers and has been one of the driving forces of their lineup all year long. Even with Jason Rogers in Milwaukee, he could be a left handed option at first base if Adam Lind is moved.
The Brewers really didn’t have too many options to play third if and when Ramirez was moved, but in Dominguez they have a player who could be an answer for the rebuild. While he has not had a whole lot of major league success yet, at 25-years-old, the once former top-prospect could shine in Milwaukee. He has shown power at the major league level and moving into Miller Park could help him to takeoff at the plate.
After batting around .200 for the first month of the season, Wren was awesome at AA Biloxi. He not only was able to raise his average to .300, but he also earned a promotion to AAA. With a patient eye at the plate, Wren could have a future as a top of the order hitter or an speedy fourth outfielder off the bench for years to come.