Just when you thought the Brewers were done acquiring bullpen pitchers, they go ahead and add another one into the mix. Joining Milwaukee through a trade from the San Francisco Giants is relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.
After trading Josh Hader for two major league relievers (among others) on Monday, the Brewers made a second trade yesterday for reliever Matt Bush that most thought would round out the bullpen. However, David Stearns loves his pitchers and now Rosenthal will have the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues again for the first time since 2020.
A hip labrum tear and surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome has kept Rosenthal out of games since he was a Padre in 2020. Earlier this year he threw a showcase, but it ended early due to him sustaining a hamstring cramp. The Giants would go on to sign him but placed him on the IL due to the hamstring injury.
Before pitching in a game with the Giants, Trevor Rosenthal was traded to the Brewers for outfield prospect Tristan Peters.
According to Adam McCalvy, the Brewers are hopeful that Rosenthal will be ready to be called up in late August. Once healthy, he will join a very veteran heavy bullpen that has a ton of experience saving games. Between Brad Boxberger, Taylor Rogers, Jake McGee, and Rosenthal, you ave a group of pitchers that have accumulated 371 career saves.
As for Rosenthal’s stuff, it’s unclear what to expect. In his showcase he topped out at 98 mph with his fastball and on average was at 96 mph. He also throws a slider and a changeup. Historically, he has been very hard to hit and generates a lot of strikeouts.
Departing in the trade was the Brewers No. 19 prospect per MLB Pipeline, Tristan Peters. Peters was drafted in the seventh round in last year’s draft and was recently promoted to the Biloxi Shuckers. He was enjoying a great season with the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in which he had a .891 OPS before the promotion.
For now, we will have to wait until Rosenthal is healthy before he makes his Brewers debut. Hopefully when this happens, he will be able to positively impact the Brewers during their home stretch of the regular season and into the play-offs.
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Rosenthal is under contract until the end of the season before being free agent eligible. Hopefully the Brewers can make the most out of this acquisition.