The Milwaukee Brewers made three deals to boost their roster for a playoff run last year. Sadly, their run didn’t end in a playoff appearance, but what happened to the guys they dealt?
Anthony Swarzak, Jeremy Jeffress, and Neil Walker came to the Milwaukee Brewers in July and August of last year. The Brewers had to part with a few prospects to secure their services. How are the youngsters they flipped doing now?
The Milwaukee Brewers made a handful of deals before and after the trade deadline last year. How are the prospects they flipped doing now?
Jeremy Jeffress, Anthony Swarzak, and Neil Walker came to the Milwaukee Brewers in trades before and after the deadline last year. The Brewers managed to hang on to their top prospects, but they did move at least one guy whose name fans should recognize. Have any of the players the Brewers dealt reached the Majors yet?
Who did the Brewers deal for Swarzak?
The Milwaukee Brewers sent Ryan Cordell to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Swarzak.
Cordrell arrived in Chicago with a back injury. He also missed a few months with a broken clavicle this year. He also owns a .211/.242/.317 slash line with the White Sox Triple-A affiliate. While he looked like a future Major Leaguer when he was in the Brewers low minors, his career has been derailed by injuries. He could still get there, but the clock is ticking.
Who went to Texas in exchange for Jeffress?
Tayler Scott went to the Rangers for Jeffress. Scott was originally drafted in 2011 out of high school. 2018 marks his eighth season in affiliated ball, and it’s unclear if he’s going to break through and reach the Majors. Scott isn’t on the 40-man roster.
He also owns a 3.52 ERA in 40 appearances in Triple-A. He’s struck out 45 and walked 23 in 53 2/3 innings of work.
What about the deal for Walker?
The Milwaukee Brewers sent pitcher Eric Hanhold to the New York Mets to complete the deal for Walker on September 12th.
Hanhold could actually make the Major Leagues this year or next. He started the season in Double-A, got hurt, made a few rehab appearances in the low minors, and got called up to Triple-A. He’s actually made appearances at four different levels this year.
In Double-A, Hanhold posted 2.84 ERA with an 11.84 K/9 and a 3.65 BB/9. However, he hasn’t fared quite as well in Triple-A. Hanhold has an 8.03 ERA in 12 1/3 innings in Triple-A after coming back from injury.
Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns did very well with trades in 2017. He turned three ‘not-a-prospects’ into two months of Swarzak and Walker, and a few seasons of good Jeffress. The Brewers missed the playoffs, but Stearns played his cards right at the deadline last year.