4. RHP Josh Lindblom
Yes Lindblom is still in the Brewers organization. After being designated for assignment in May, Lindblom has been in the Nashville Sounds starting rotation. Upon essentially being demoted, Lindblom has excelled and may have discovered something while in the minor leagues.
Over 11 starts and 59 innings pitched, Lindblom has a 1.37 ERA. Each of his last seven starts have gone at least five innings with the last five outings all going at least six innings. Along with eating innings, he is yet to surrender a home run.
Two of the biggest factors in re-adding Lindblom to the 40 man roster is health at the big league level and trust. The Brewers have been utilizing a six man rotation for a few months now, but most recently Eric Lauer and Adrian Houser were placed on the COVID IL. This may allow for Lindblom to get another chance at a start or two.
Trust factor is the other issue. After dominating in the KBO league for years, Lindblom has not found success with the Brewers each of the past two seasons. There is a big jump in talent from minor league hitters to major league hitters and it seems unlikely that Lindblom would continue to experience the same success that he is currently having. We would just have to hope that we don’t see the extremely bad Lindblom.
5. RHP Patrick Weigel
Weigel was acquired during the Orlando Arcia trade in April. He’s was shuttled back and forth between the major and minor leagues a few times in May and June before being designated for assignment at the trade deadline. Certainly this reflects the Brewers confidence level in him.
Essentially, Weigel makes this list due to COVID cases. The Brewers need bullpen arms and Weigel already cleared waivers once, so if needed why not bring him back for a few games knowing he likely will clear waivers again once other pitchers get healthy.
We’ve already experienced Angel Perdomo, Sal Romano, John Axford, and others as relievers while the main bullpen guys are on the COVID IL. None have worked out. The expectation isn’t that any of those guys would, but keeping fresh arms available is a necessity.
The fact the Brewers have at minimum five different players to choose from who could be promoted speaks to their organizational depth. David Stearns has placed a big emphasis on this in the past few season, and this year it is paying dividend’s.