Milwaukee Brewers Remove 5 From 40-Man Roster
With the World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers made more moves today to begin their offseason work. Here is a look at five players who are no longer in the team’s future plans.
One of the names that was the least bit surprising was Logan Schafer. While he has proved that he has the ability to play defense in the major league level, he simply has not hit. In parts of five years as a major leaguer, Schafer has batted just .212 with an even weaker .605 OPS. The only thing shocking about Schafer was why he played so much to close the year in 2015.
Jimenez was one of the more surprising players left off the roster. Though he has bounced around through several organizations, he pitched well in his time in Milwaukee. As another lefty option out of the bullpen, Jimenez looked like a cheap and reliable arm that could have contributed on the 2016 roster.
In 2013, Hellweg was the minor league pitcher of the year in the Brewers’ organization as he looked to be on the fast track to the Brewers’ rotation. But injuries (he returned from Tommy John Surgery this season) and wildness have really effected his status as a top-flight arm. In his minor league career he has a 6.4 walks per nine inning average and a 1.541 WHIP. Though he still has potential to make an impact still, at 27-years-old it wouldn’t be surprising if he remained in the system as a non-roster player.
The Brewers have two catchers that can start at the major league level so keeping Centeno was not a necessity. Though they are now left with only two catchers on the 40-man, another move should be expected this winter to add another catcher to the roster.
Clark was one of the more confusing players this season in the Brewers system. After a great spring, Clark continued to mash in the minor leagues, but he never received a promotion. He has a career OPS of .864 in the minor leagues and he homered 20 times last season, but at 29-years-old his chances to make a big league roster are getting slimmer and slimmer especially in Milwaukee.