Brewers 2022 starting pitcher heading to NL East on minor league deal

His team's situation could result in an eventual call up this year.

Sep 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jason Alexander (41) throws
Sep 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jason Alexander (41) throws / Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Every year, players come out of nowhere to contribute for MLB teams over the course of a 162-game season. For the Milwaukee Brewers in 2022, one of those players was right-handed pitcher Jason Alexander.

Alexander wasn't really on the radar as a potential major league contributor for most coming into that season. Acquired by the Brewers as a free agent after the conclusion of the 2021 season, he had an average minor league track record playing in the Angels organization and was an unknown commodity to fans.

Alexander would get off to a hot start at Triple-A Nashville, giving up three earned runs or fewer in each of his first nine starts with the Sounds. Then, with the injury bug hitting the Brewers starting rotation, he would get the call to the majors for the first time.

Though it wasn't always pretty, Alexander would fair okay as a member of Milwaukee's rotation at first, compiling a 3.21 ERA in his first five starts that saw the Crew go 3-2. The rest of the season would see him flip between the majors and minors and get moved to the bullpen as he finished with a 5.40 ERA and 1.619 WHIP in 18 games (11 starts).

Last season, Alexander would end up suffering a rotator cuff injury in the spring that kept him out until June. He would stay at Triple-A for the rest of the year before electing free agency after the season.

On Tuesday, it was learned that former Brewers starter Jason Alexander headed off to the AL East on a minor league deal.

After waiting to hear his name called, Alexander finally found his new home last week. As was pointed out by one of the team's minor league affiliates, the former member of the Crew has joined the Boston Red Sox organization on a minor league deal.

What's funny is that the transaction was actually noticed by, and posted on the account of, the team's High-A Greenville Drive club. Meanwhile, Alexander will unsurprisingly be reporting to Boston's Triple-A Worcester Red Sox.

Having a player with even a little bit of MLB starting experience in Alexander isn't a bad idea for the Red Sox. Just one potential Boston starter (Nick Pivetta) is over the age of 30 so having some depth behind that young of a group could end up being helpful.

Alexander does have minor league options remaining, which could improve his chances of being added to the Red Sox roster at some point. Here's hoping he does and we get to see another former Brewers player have some success in the league.