The AAA season is over for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and with that have come two more September call-ups. Milwaukee Brewers beat writer, Tom Haudricourt, has reported that the Brewers have recalled Luis Sardinas and also purchased the contract of catcher Nevin Ashley.
While Sardinas was expected, the addition of Ashley is an unexpected move considering that Juan Centeno was a third catcher already on the 40-man roster.
Sardinas will get a chance to again prove that the can play everyday at the major league level, something that he struggled to do earlier in the year. In his 20 games in Milwaukee, Sardinas batted just .221 with one extra base hit and a .493 OPS while walking just once.
Known mainly for his spectacular glove and blazing speed, the 22-year-old middle infielder batted .283 at Colorado Springs this season with a much better .681 OPS. The Brewers have a wealth of infielders both on the roster and in the minors so a solid finish to 2015 could help him find a role in 2016 or boost his trade value this winter.
The 30-year-old Ashley is a good story as a September call-up. The 10-year minor leaguer put together his best season in years at the plate to earn the nod, batting .304 with eight home runs and 61 RBIs in the Sky Sox lineup. Though he won’t see many at-bats, it will be great to see a guy that has put in so much time get an opportunity in the major leagues.
In other news the Brewers have also trimmed down the roster to 37 as it was reported that Preston Guilmet and Brandon Kintzler have been out-righted to AAA. With the Shuckers heading to the post-season it may be awhile before more additions are made the the current roster.