8 Minor League Pitchers the Brewers Should Target This Offseason

Every year the Brewers find contributors from unexpected places, including the minors.

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7. Michael Petersen

The former Brewers farmhand has traveled around the block more than a time or two - he was born in England to mixed ethnicity with one African parent. He was drafted three times, once from his Bay Area high school and twice from a different junior college. A 17th-round pick of the Brewers, he spent five years in the organization never advancing past Low-A Carolina before missing all of 2020-21.

But throughout his tumultuous professional career, Petersen has exhibited the electric stuff that led him there in the first place. His 98 mph fastball ranked 10th among all Triple-A pitchers with at least 100 fastballs thrown, and hitters whiffed at more than one-third of all sliders on the year. His double-digit BB% is concerningly high, but the stuff is real if he can harness it. Just ask a familiar NL Central foe that Petersen fanned in March's World Baseball Classic.

8. John Curtiss

Across 69 innings in 2020-21, Curtiss posted a sterling 2.86 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 15 walks, the final four innings (and eight runs) coming in a Brewers' uniform. But a pair of elbow surgeries have prematurely ended his tenures in Milwaukee and Queens, making Curtiss a free agent for the second time.

His average fastball dropped from 94.9 in 2021 to 93.6 in 2023 before a clean-up procedure in his elbow ended his season. A merely healthy Curtiss would be solid contributor in the big league bullpen, a version we haven't seen in nearly three years.

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