Milwaukee Brewers: Top five candidates for September call-ups

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Honorable Mentions

There are a couple players that fans could be clamoring for the Milwaukee Brewers to call up, but it won’t happen. And these players are top 10 prospects as well ,but it seems unlikely that they will be in Miller Park in September.

Lewis Brinson

If Brinson was healthy he would be a surefire call-up. He’s the organization’s best prospect and he’s been hitting the crap out of the ball in Colorado Springs this year. He’s got a .331/.400/.562 line with 13 homers in Triple-A. Sadly, he suffered a hamstring strain earlier this month and was ruled out for 4-6 weeks.

The Brewers haven’t said that his injury was season ending, but it’s pretty close to it. Even if he returns after four weeks, there would only be about a week or so remaining in the regular season.

Let Brinson rest up, get healthy, and come back ready to take the starting center field job in Spring Training next year. Although we would like to see Brinson come back and contribute as soon as possible at Miller Park, the wise decision is to let him rest.

Mauricio Dubon

The Milwaukee Brewers already have three players who can play second-base on the roster in Neil Walker, Eric Sogard, and Jonathan Villar. They won’t bring up a fourth.

He’s lit it up this year in the Minors with a .275/.330/.381 line and 38 stolen bases. Mauricio Dubon recently earned a mid-season promotion to Triple-A. But with Walker on this roster now, there’s no reason to add Dubon, no matter how versatile he is.

Also, Dubon isn’t currently on the 40-man roster, so they would need to take someone off the roster in order to bring him up. There’s a chance he’s brought up as a pinch-running specialist, but it seems unlikely.

As the Brewers ninth-rated prospect, Dubon will get a good chance to make this roster next Spring Training. There’s simply no room for him at the keystone or shortstop. He can play center, but with so many center field options on the roster, there’s not enough space for him.

Paolo Espino

Paolo Espino has been up and down a few times this year and hasn’t had too much success at the big league level but still has performed in Triple-A. He was mostly used out of the bullpen in his most recent stint with the club.

He’s not a top candidate for a call up and he’s unlikely to make a difference if he is recalled. His odds of coming back up are probably at about 50-50. While the Brewers like him, he hasn’t done well at the Major League level.