Milwaukee Brewers: Where Are the September Call-Ups of Last Season?

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Aug 29, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 29, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 26, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers' Michael Reed (25) scores on a single by Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers’ Michael Reed (25) scores on a single by Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports /

Called-Up or Pretty Close

SS Yadiel Rivera

Rivera is one that has seen playing time for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 and even had a roster spot to start the season as he played well in Spring Training. His defense isn’t at all a question, it’s all what happens at the plate. After hitting .196/.213/.261 in 47 PAs and with Gennett coming back from injury, he was optioned to AAA. He was able to get a few more call-ups, but only for a short period of time as his total PAs were 52. His K% of 23.8% is the highest it’s been since Single-A, so he’ll need to get on-base in order to up a batting line like .229/.265/.326 in order to make any more appearances in the big leagues.

OF Michael Reed

With Keon Broxton’s struggles early in the year, it seemed like there were possibilities of Reed coming up to the big leagues once again. When he started playing CF, it became even more suspicious he’d go up, but it never happened. Last year, between AA/AAA, he went .269/.371/.410, but hasn’t quite matched it up this year having a .248/.364/.366 batting line. His K% is also up 4%. While these are small numbers, the Milwaukee Brewers have lots of options in the OF to look at, so any improvement would’ve been a plus.

Rough 2016 Season

SP Jorge Lopez

There have been lots of question marks about Jorge Lopez throughout the season. With career bests beyond Rookie League in IP (143.1) ERA (2.26), FIP (3.36), K/9 (8.60), he was an easy call-up to AAA. But, Colorado Springs was something else for Lopez as 6.2 or higher went for BB/9, ERA, and FIP in 79.1 IP. He seems to have bounced back a bit in AA getting his K/9 near 9.0 with a 4.2 ERA/FIP, so it’s still a possibility he could be a September call-up this year at the age of 23.

Next: Technically Not September Call-Ups

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