2022 Brewers you may have forgotten about
Sanchez is someone we haven’t seen since June, and the bullpen is sure missing his presence this season. Sanchez appeared in 12 games for the Brewers where he was as dominant as can be. He had one bad outing against the Washington Nationals where he last two-thirds of an inning, giving up four runs on four hits and two home runs. If you get rid of that game he didn’t give up an earned run in 10 out of 12 games that he pitched in, and even for one of those, which happened to be in his last outing, he gave up one earned run.
Unfortunately for Sanchez and the Brewers, he started feeling right UCL discomfort which seems to be a common theme with Brewers pitching this season. He was placed on the 15-day IL. He was then sent on a rehab assignment to Nashville, where things didn’t go very well when he was eventually transferred to the 60-day IL ultimately ending his 2022 season.
7. Jake McGee
Jake McGee was another one of Stearns’ flyers to help in the bullpen, especially with the onslaught of injuries and trades. The McGee experiment lasted two weeks appearing in six games with the Brewers. The former Giants closer started out strong in his first two games as a Brewer, as he threw two scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies. A couple of days following that outing, he gave up a home run and a walk to the Minnesota Twins in one inning.
He rebounded nicely once the calendar turned to August as he threw one scoreless inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His last two outings for the Brewers were the ones that must’ve convinced the Brewers to DFA him. In his final two innings, he pitched an inning and a third, giving up six hits, and three runs. On August 7th, the Brewers DFA’d him and he was quickly picked up by the Nationals shortly after.
6. J.C. Mejia
Mejia has been on an up-and-down road for the Brewers this season as on May 17th, he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Finally, after serving an 80-game suspension, he was sent to Double-A Biloxi on a rehab assignment to get his arm back up to game-time speed. A week later, he was in Triple-A where he’s been since August 7th.
Mejia has appeared in two games for the Brewers this season, with what was a very brief stint. In game one on May 11, he pitched one and a third inning against the Cincinnati Reds where he gave up five runs on three hits and three walks. His second, and his last game with the Crew was against the Miami Marlins, where he pitched one inning giving up a run on two hits and two walks.
5. Luke Barker
Called up on May 30, Luke Barker made a total of three appearances for the Brewers. After being called up in May, he was quickly optioned back down to Triple-A Nashville a day later. Several days later he was recalled back up where he finally made his Major League Debut. On June 3rd, he made his debut, where he threw two scoreless innings striking out one against the San Diego Padres.
His second outing was one to forget as he went one inning and gave up four runs on five hits including a home run, a couple of days later he gave up two hits and a home run to inflate his ERA to 11.25. Following the game, he was optioned back down to Nashville, where about a month and a half later he sprained his UCL in his right elbow. He was later designated for assignment by the Brewers and is currently a free agent.