The Milwaukee Brewers decided to call up Brett Phillips, who made his Major League debut on Monday. This begs the question, have the Brewers decided to open the floodgates on their top prospects? There are a few different scenarios that could play out in the coming months. Among them is a barrage of top talent making its way to Miller Park very soon.
Brewers starter Matt Garza did not finish his bullpen session, so he is not scheduled to make his next start according to Adam McCalvy on Twitter.
This situation could, in fact, entice the Brewers to make yet another exciting addition to the 25-man roster, and call up a young talented arm to make a spot start.
Who would be the top candidates to get their first shot in the show?
As we sit here on June 6th, Brinson is currently slashing .310/.397/.510 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 41 games played. He suffered a few early injuries that have had some impact on his stats, but not enough that it causes concern.
Brinson is still performing as the club’s top prospect. It looks likely that he will be up before September if he continues to produce. He could get his first stint if one of the three current outfielders start to struggle, someone goes down with an injury, or a sell-off occurs.
Currently the Colorado Sky Sox ace, Woodruff seems to be a future top of the rotation starter that no one saw coming. He is faring well in the hitter-friendly confines of Colorado as he now owns an ERA of 3.36 with 59 Ks, 17 walks, and a record of 6-4. At home, he owns a 3.48 ERA and holds a 4-2 record.
He has cooled down since the beginning of the season when he owned an ERA of 1.83 after his first six starts.
With the injury to Matt Garza, could we see Woodruff get the call even just for one start? It seems unlikely that the Brewers bring up a top prospect for only one start, but it has happened before.
In 2014, the Brewers called up prospect Jimmy Nelson for a spot start against the Miami Marlins. Nelson ended up winning the game as he pitched 5 2/3 innings with three walks and six Ks. The next season Nelson earned a spot in the starting rotation. This could be the path for Woodruff.
Woodruff seems to be more highly regarded than Nelson was when he was a prospect. He also has a better chance of staying with the Brewers due to the current problems with the rotation.
We could be seeing some very exciting headlines in the next couple of months. But will these inevitable call-ups be a stepping stone for a career, or just a ‘get their feet wet’ situation?
For a better answer, we need to pay close attention to the upcoming July trade deadline to get a better glimpse at the future.