The Milwaukee Brewers have recalled reliever Jacob Barnes from Triple A Colorado Springs.
This means that Adrian Houser was optioned down to make room on the roster. Jacob Barnes has found his way back to the majors after just four games in the minors. A good performance will likely mean he will solidify himself in the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen, thus stopping the rotation of arms.
Barnes started the year strong for the Brewers in April, however May was not too kind to him. After compiling a 12.00 ERA for the month, he was sent down to reign things back in. Prior to that, he was brilliant. If he is back to form, the bullpen will be unstoppable.
How Did Barnes Do In Triple A?
It was only four games, so there is not a whole lot to report here, but his numbers were decent. In 4.1 innings, Barnes struck out four, gave up two runs, and collected a save. Though he also walked four hitters.
Why Was He Optioned In The First Place?
The Milwaukee Brewers roster has so many guys with options that anyone can be sent down at any point. Under the protection of options, if the Crew needs anything, they can generally get it without risking a player to waivers. Obviously it did not help that Barnes was not pitching well, but things are likely looking up for the reliever.
What To Expect
Expect Jacob Barnes. A generally solid arm out of the bullpen who will strike guys out. He is a reliable pitcher to call on, despite the hiccup to start off the month. Overall for 2017, his ERA is still under three.
Upon his return to Milwaukee, it is likely that Barnes will not see as high of leverage situations that he did before being optioned. That is something that should help him improve his performances as well.
If the worst arm the Milwaukee Brewers are going to have in their bullpen is Barnes, then I will take it. That is a solid and trustworthy group of arms. Expect Barnes to work his way back into high leverage situations, and potentially back into the setup role before the season is over. He is a good pitcher who hit a rough patch, but now he is back.