The Milwaukee Brewers have had some issues with their bullpen lately. One name that could help is Quintin Torres-Costa.
Dan Jennings has had three straight ineffective outings. At this point in the season, the Milwaukee Brewers can’t rely on Jennings and there is no other situational left handed pitcher in that bullpen. The only other lefty is Josh Hader and he’s being saved for multi-inning use.
After getting rid of Boone Logan, Dan Jennings has been the only situational lefty the Brewers have. But that can change soon.
Down in Triple-A, a southpaw by the name of Quintin Torres-Costa is having a dominant season. In 50 innings of work, Torres-Costa has a 1.44 ERA with 59 strikeouts. He has allowed just eight earned runs all season long.
Torres-Costa also has four saves this season in six opportunities. His late inning experience could also provide useful for the Brewers.
He’s dominated lefties all year and has done so in his entire career.
The former 35th round pick is just 23 years old and has climbed the minor league ranks pretty quickly. While he’s never had big prospect status, Torres-Costa could be an effective member of a big league bullpen for a long time.
There’s just one problem
When the active roster expands to 40 players on September 1st, Torres-Costa will not be eligible to be activated. He’s not currently on the 40 man roster.
If the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to bring Torres-Costa up to the big leagues, they would need to move somebody else off of the 40 man roster.
The more immediate problem with this team is that there are no other left handed pitchers on the roster. Outside of Wade Miley in the rotation, Josh Hader, and the currently ineffective Dan Jennings, there aren’t any lefties available to call upon.
That’s why Torres-Costa needs to be put on the 40 man roster. He’s been effective this year and he provides another left handed option for a team that has lacked southpaws for some time now.
If the Brewers feel confident enough in his ability, they could designate someone off of the 40 man and bring Torres-Costa up to the big leagues. If Craig Counsell insists on having a LOOGY in his bullpen, Torres-Costa has been a better pitcher of late than Dan Jennings, and the Brewers need as many good pitchers in that bullpen as they can get.
September call ups are just a few days away. Maybe we’ll see Torres-Costa as one of those players who can make their major league debut.