Mistake that doomed the Brewers #6: Not calling up a hitting prospect sooner
David Stearns admitted to trying to acquire a bat at the deadline to help out a Brewers offense that was in desperate need of a boost. He did not acquire one, due to “high prices”.
While that may be true, teams do set absurdly high asking prices hoping a desperate team will pay it at the Deadline. Stearns is absolutely in the right to not overpay for a player (even though he overpaid for Mistake #4). But with all that said…
Once the Brewers didn’t acquire a veteran bat to help out they offense, they immediately should’ve promoted one of their hitting prospects.
They knew their offense needed help, but hugged their prospects and didn’t want to give them up to get some. They had several high level hitting prospects in the upper levels of the minors. Milwaukee should’ve called one of them up immediately.
Esteury Ruiz was the only position player acquired by the Brewers at the deadline, he would’ve been a nice addition to the club, especially since he came in the Hader deal. It would’ve gone over a lot better in that locker room if two players joined the big league club from the Hader deal rather than just one. Well it could’ve been three players, but again, look to mistake #5.
Brice Turang had been in Triple-A all year and had played well, why not call him up? He could’ve helped out the offense and played at a number of different positions. He’s versatile and is a former first round pick. He could’ve supplied some boost to the offense. Sal Frelick and Garrett Mitchell were lighting up Double-A, they could’ve called either of them straight up from Biloxi. They wouldn’t even be the only outfielders this year called up straight from Double-A if it happened.
Instead, the Brewers let that struggling offense that they knew needed help simmer for three weeks before they finally called up Garrett Mitchell from Triple-A.
Mitchell instantly provided a spark and still brings electricity on the basepaths and to the team. But it’s too little too late at this point, because those three weeks went by without him.
Calling up a prospect would’ve sent a message to the clubhouse that even though they didn’t trade for a bat, they still want to get them help and believe in this team’s ability to compete this year. It could’ve halted the resentment Brewers in that clubhouse. Speaking of…