After training with the Alternate squad, RHP Drew Rasmussen and LHP Angel Perdomo have joined the big leagues, and will make their MLB debut with the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago this weekend.
The Brewers are looking to improve their bullpen and will add two more strong arms to the mix. Drew Rasmussen and Angel Perdomo have spent the last few weeks training up in Appleton at Neuroscience Group Field, home of the Timber Rattlers, with the alternate training squad.
With these two arms now added to the bullpen, the Brewers had to make some adjustments to their roster. Eric Lauer was sent to the alternate site and Justin Grimm was put on the 10-day IL with a laceration on his index finger.
Lauer gave up seven runs against Minnesota in his start on Wednesday and 13 runs overall in just two starts this season. Justin Grimm had also had a tough start to the season out of the bullpen.
Rasmussen is ranked 10th in the Brewers’ prospects list by MLB Pipeline and has been very successful after two Tommy-John surgeries. The 25-year-old pitched at Double-A Biloxi in 2019 where he posted a 3.54 ERA and 77 strikeouts in just 61 innings after quickly being promoted through Low-A and High-A. Drew Rasmussen has been able to clock in triple digits with his fastball as well.
Perdomo, although he doesn’t have the velocity that Rasmussen has, the 6’8″ lefty is throwing upper 90s and struck out around 35% of the batters he faced last season. He spent a little time on the COVID-19 list after he had tested positive, but has been making progress in Appleton since being reinstated from said list.
Adding these two to the mix doesn’t mean they’ll join the starting rotation, they’re just more arms to add to the bullpen. Rasmussen served as a starter last year, but his future home figures to be in the bullpen. Both being young, they have a lot of time to build up a pro career and prove themselves to be amazing additions to the team. They already were shining in the minors, so only time will tell with what they’ll bring to the big leagues.
The Milwaukee Brewers are at Wrigley Field for the next four days as they’ll face their cross-town rivals, the Chicago Cubs. Brett Anderson is on the mound Thursday for the Brewers and Yu Darvish will be starting for the Cubs. Hopefully, we’re able to see some of Rasmussen’s or Perdomo’s work on the mound on Thursday.