The Milwaukee Brewers have made yet another call-up for September. This time Jacob Nottingham will get another taste of the major leagues.
Jacob Nottingham being called back was first reported by Robert Murray of the Athletic. Nottingham has battled injuries recently, but now that he is healthy, he will get the call and play the role of the third catcher.
Is Nottingham healthy?
Yes. Nottingham was just activated from the Minor League disabled list. As he was recovering from a minor chip fracture in his right wrist.
Nottingham’s durability has been in question a lot in 2018. In May, he was placed on the DL with an intercostal strain.
Nottingham’s bounce back year
Since being acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers, Nottingham has struggled to really find his swing in the Minor Leagues. However, this season he has shown much improvement at Triple-A and already earned a call-up earlier in the year.
Nottingham made his Major League debut on April 16th. In 7 games with Milwaukee, Nottingham slashed .200/.333/.250. He racked up four hits in 24 plate appearances.
In Triple-A Nottingham posted a .286/.352/.537 slash line. He hit 10 home runs and had 36 RBIs.
How much will he play?
Not much honestly. Nottingham is here to do one thing, and that is to give rest to Manny Pina and Erik Kratz. Every so often any catcher not named Yadier Molina will require a day off. When that time comes, expect to see Nottingham in the lineup.
What about Christian Bethancourt?
The fact that Christian Bethancourt is not on the 40-man roster currently has something to do with Nottingham’s call up.
The year Bethancourt has had in the Minors should be enough to warrant a move to bring him up. Bethancourt has destroyed Triple-A pitching in 2018. He has 19 home runs and is slashing .296/.326/.503. If the Milwaukee Brewers don’t decide to call him up, they will most likely lose him to free agency in 2019.
Now that September call-ups are officially underway expected to see plenty more in the next few days. Nottingham is only the first of many that will finally get their chance at the game’s highest level.