After Milwaukee Brewers infielder Hernan Perez was outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio and elected free agency, the 40-man roster stood at 39. That was until the news hit this morning.
Right-handed pitcher Deolis Guerra was signed onto a 1-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers after being in the minor leagues for the majority of last season.
It came as a shock to even find out that Hernan Perez was outrighted to Triple-A, as his season wasn’t terrible, posting a .642 OPS with eight home runs and 18 RBI’s. We saw Perez all over the field last season, from playing the infield to covering right field when it was time for a switch up.
Hearing the news about the Milwaukee Brewers signing Guerra back with them for a year was definitely a shock. He’s not the first person that comes to mind when trying to determine who would become the newest 40th man to fill the 40-man roster. No terms were discussed in regards to Guerra’s contract. All we know is that he was signed for one year after being designated for assignment in July of this year.
How did Guerra perform in 2019?
Guerra made a single appearance with the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2019 season on July 5th against the Pittsburgh Pirates where he didn’t even finish an entire inning. He allowed four hits and four earned runs. It was from that point where Guerra was sent down to Triple-A in hopes he could prove to everyone that he definitely can perform better than what he did in Pittsburgh.
In his time in the bullpen with the San Antonio Missions, he dominated the game, showing his strength in pitching where he posted 1.89 ERA in just 45 games. He threw 66 2/3 innings, striking out 88 and only walked 14, which is impressive for a minor league player.
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There is no guaranteed spot for Guerra on the spring roster, but as it stands as of right now, he will be on the 40-man roster come spring training in 2020. But with Guerra, Corey Knebel and Bobby Wahl all coming back to the bullpen in 2020, there is going to be a storm to watch out for in the next season with the Milwaukee Brewers.