With the Milwaukee Brewers being able to keep a 30 man taxi squad throughout the regular season, plenty of top young prospects could be brought on board.
The taxi squad that MLB teams are able to carry along in the 2020 season are meant to fill in for the Triple-A and other minor league teams that would normally resupply the club with players in case of injury or poor performance. The Brewers have a very deep roster and plenty of options to fill those spots.
There’s been reports that with so many taxi squad spots and with a minor league season not happening without fans, teams would put some of their top prospects who need the playing time and development on their taxi squad despite the fact that they aren’t very close to playing in the big leagues yet.
The Brewers will have plenty of available players to fill in on the big league roster during this shortened season. They also have some prospects that need the development time and are likely to get a spot on the taxi squad.
1. Ethan Small, LHP
The Crew’s 2019 first round pick is looking like a quick riser through the minor leagues and dominated in a short period of time in Low-A and High-A last year. Ethan Small was likely to reach Double-A at some point this year, and depending on how that went, perhaps even Triple-A.
If everything tracked right, Small could’ve been ready for the rotation in 2021.
Without a minor league season, that track would get delayed a little bit. Small is an advanced pitcher that could help out in a pinch if the Brewers needed it in 2020. He’d more likely be a bullpen guy or a spot starter if the Brewers ran through all of their other starting pitching depth somehow.
By putting Small on the taxi squad, he’ll get his regular work in, he’ll continue to develop and refine his four pitches and his command, and he can stay on track to help out the big league club at some point in 2021.