Could the Brewers reunite with former prospect Marcos Diplan?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 13: A general view of Miller Park prior to a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on May 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 13: A general view of Miller Park prior to a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets on May 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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The Baltimore Orioles have DFA’ed former Milwaukee Brewers prospect Marcos Diplan. Could a reunion be in the works?

Marcos Diplan has yet to pitch in the Majors, but he’s already been with five different organizations and four in the past five months. Should the Brewers look to bring him back to the organization now that he’s a free agent?

How did Diplan leave the Brewers?

The Brewers DFA’ed Diplan when they needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Jordan Lyles last summer. Diplan was dealt to the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations before he could become a free agent.

What happened to Diplan next?

Diplan spent the rest of the summer with the Twins Double-A affiliate. The Twins DFA’ed Diplan in mid-September when they needed a spot on the 40-man roster for Jorge Alcala.

The Detroit Tigers claimed Diplan next, and he finished 2019 on their 40-man roster, but never actually reported to the team. He was later waived in early December by the Tigers, and claimed by the Baltimore Orioles. He was on the Orioles 40-man roster until they decided to claim former Twins top prospect Kohl Stewart. Diplan is a free agent yet again, and can sign anywhere.

How was Diplan’s 2019 season?

Diplan split the 2019 season between the Brewers and Twins Double-A teams. In total, Dipan posted a 4.85 ERA in 68 2/3 innings of work. He struck out 73, walked 44, and was tagged for seven homers.

Should the Brewers look into Diplan?

He’s still only 23 years old, and clearly has value to Major League teams. He’ll need a year in Triple-A, but he’s likely to throw in the Majors at some point in his career.

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The Milwaukee Brewers need depth on their roster, and they already have familiarity with Diplan. If the team can add Diplan on a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, a reunion would make sense. It’s clear that Diplan’s future is in the bullpen, and he still has quality stuff that should translate well to the bullpen. If Diplan is open to spending at least half a season in Triple-A and committing to a relief role, he could develop into a true ‘diamond in the rough’ for the organization he’s spent the most time with already.

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