The end of the July is always an exciting time of the year in regards to trades across baseball. This year, the Brewers made their biggest move a few days ahead of time, but still added bullpen depth on the day of the deadline. Following the trade deadline, the next major MLB critical point is September call ups.
In years past, rosters expanded drastically to allow minor league prospects and fringe MLB players the opportunity to play at the big league level. This year, rosters will expand to just 28 players. This is just two extra players when compared to the remainder of the season.
For September call ups, a promoted player must be on the team’s 40 man roster. If they are added to the 40 man prior to August 31st, they would be playoff eligible. Given the increasing amount of Brewers players on the COVID IL, we may see a few players promoted prior to September.
The Brewer currently have quite a few active players who are likely to lose their 40 man roster spot. Additionally, Travis Shaw and Daniel Vogelbach are currently on rehab assignments and corresponding moves will have to be made. With the acquisition of Eduardo Escobar and hot hitting of Rowdy Tellez, it will be interesting to see where those two players fit in, if at all.
Regardless, the Brewers do have some players who look ready to contribute and are currently in the minor leagues. Here are five players that could be added to the Brewers 40 man roster this month.
1. UTIL Weston Wilson
At 27 years old, not too many are familiar with the 2016 17th round draft pick out of Clemson. After spending both the 2018 and 2019 season at the Double-A level in the minor leagues, Wilson made the jump to Triple-A this season. So far, he is having quite the season.
On the year he has a .267/.354/.548/.902 slash line with 16 home runs and 35 runs batted in. In 2019, he hit 19 home runs and hit 14 bombs in 2018, but to continue to rake a level higher is quite impressive. As a right handed batter with pop, he would be a valuable addition.
As for defense, Wilson has been all over the place. He has played first base the most with182 innings coming at that position However he also has played 104 innings at shortstop, 75 innings at second base, 48 innings at third base, and 70 innings in the corner outfield spots. Should he get added to the 40 man and get a shot at the bigs, Craig Counsell could insert him almost anywhere defensively.