We’re just a few days away from September (hard to believe, isn’t it?) and the active rosters expanding for the final month of the regular season. The Brewers will get two extra roster spots. Most likely it’ll be one position player and one pitcher. Who are the top candidates?
By far the most intriguing decision for the September roster expansion for the Brewers will be on the position player side. The bullpen has been fluid all year and that extra spot could change over the course of the month, but the position player group likely won’t.
The Brewers offense could use an extra sparkplug and there are a number of prospect candidates down in Triple-A.
Let’s rank the top three position player options for the Brewers to call up for the September roster expansion.
Brewers September Call Up Candidate #3: OF Sal Frelick
It’s been a quick rise for 2021 first round pick Sal Frelick. The Boston College product started the season in High-A Wisconsin and has already risen to Triple-A Nashville. With Nashville, Frelick is knocking the cover off the ball, hitting a stellar .446/.520/.554 with 29 hits in just 17 games.
The majority of his games in Triple-A have been multi-hit performances and that slash line is just unreal. He’s drawn nine walks and struck out just six times. His 1.074 OPS in Triple-A is massively impressive given how he’s in his first full season in pro ball.
However, he’s still young and it is early in his career for the Brewers to call him up to the big league roster. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be deserving of the call, but there is more at play here than just the numbers in an impressive, but still small sample size.
When it comes to service time and Super Two eligibility, keeping Frelick down until the beginning of next year might make more sense in the long run for Milwaukee. They can put him on the Opening Day roster next year if he earns the job and if he performs well enough to earn some award votes, such as Rookie of the Year, the Brewers could even get a draft pick out of that as well. If he loses eligibility by coming up late this year, then the Brewers wouldn’t get that.
There’s still a good chance that even if Frelick does get the call this September, he would retain enough eligibility to count as a prospect on next year’s Opening Day roster and still get that draft pick. But it’s something to consider.
Given how he started the year in High-A, only has a limited sample in Triple-A, and isn’t on the 40 man roster currently, I’m putting Frelick as the No. 3 candidate for the call up.