Doug Melvin is at it again. Shortly after almost everyone in Milwaukee was mad at him for not making moves, the Milwaukee Brewers made their second big move in two days by trading Gerardo Parra to the Baltimore Orioles. By making this move the Brewers were able to add another quality arm to the ever improving minor league system.
In the trade, the Brewers were able to acquire Zach Davies from the Orioles. Davies was ranked as the third best prospect in the Orioles system and the thought is that he will join the Brewers top five also.
On the mound Davies isn’t a pitcher that is going to blow it by batters, but he is a pitcher that commands the strike zone. This season he has just 33 walks to go along with his 81 strike outs in AAA. Pitching all year for the Norfolk Tides, Davies went 5-6 with a 2.84 ERA.
Though he may be undersized at 6’0”, he has had great success. While many of the top Brewers’ arms are years away, he will bring them a 22-year-old arm that is on the cusp of a major league promotion.
Parra’s surprisingly hot bat will be missed in the heart of the Brewers’ order, but with the team heading nowhere and with a slim possibility of him re-signing, this is a great move for Milwaukee considering that they gave up little to get him in the first place. With about five hours to go, all eyes remain on Melvin to see if he can make one more move to continue to push the rebuild forward.