Technically Not a September Call-Up From AAA…
Sardinas is one that’s easy to forget about as he’s only 23-years old and already playing for his 4th organization. The Milwaukee Brewers acquired him through the Yovani Gallardo deal and then shipped him off to the Seattle Mariners for Ramon Flores as they got Jonathan Villar from the Houston Astros. He wasn’t a September call-up as he did appear earlier in the year from mid-May to early June. In AAA, he seemed to do a solid job batting .282/.319/.359 in 416 PAs, but didn’t show much in his full numbers with the Milwaukee Brewers as he a solid amount of opportunities. In 105 PAs, he batted .196/.240/.216. Milwaukee Brewers fans are probably okay now with the switch from Sardinas to Villar as the Mariners couldn’t get much out of him either sending him off to the Padres in mid-August.
Santana doesn’t necessarily count as a September call-up, but the Milwaukee Brewers promoted him on August 21st. Just another piece in the Carlos Gomez trade, Santana had 85 PAs in Colorado Springs and excelled batting .380/.424/.544. In 145 PAs with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015, he was solid with 6 HRs, 18 RBIs and a .231/.345/.421. Early in the 2016 season he seemed to be adjusting his swing and being a good lead-off hitter for the Crew, but unfortunately, injuries held him back. At the very least, the 2017 outfield might be set for the team as long as long as the 3 (Braun, Broxton, Santana) stay healthy.
Like most baseball fans know, September call-ups only give both the players and management a taste of what it’s like on the big stage. 2015 seemed to be an odd year for the Milwaukee Brewers as only one excelled and truly stayed on the roster without many others upping their game. The team seemed to just get unlucky with the injuries to Barrios and Houser and hopefully will see them back on the field in 2016. With more stocked in the system, it’ll be interesting who will be called up as there are no guarantees, but at the very least a rebuilding team always has plenty in the system to look forward to.