With the Trade Deadline passed, the only reinforcements teams can get the rest of the year will have to be from their farm system. The Brewers are loaded with prospects, especially in the upper levels of the minors and have several players they could call upon.
Last year, the Brewers called up Garrett Mitchell late in the year to help provide a spark to a stagnant team. While the Crew is still in first place later than they were last year and aren't sputtering like that, they're having their share of issues on this year's team.
Whether it be injuries or poor performance from players on the roster, the Brewers could look to call upon some of their prospects to help out this team. Roster expansion in September may also be an opportunity for these players.
The Brewers could look to call upon any of these four prospects to help the team during the playoff push.
Brewers prospect we could see called up #1: LHP Robert Gasser
You can never have enough starting pitching, especially in a playoff race. The Brewers have had really good starting pitching all year but they've had issues keeping everybody healthy. Now most of the arms are healthy and the Brewers are operating at full strength.
Still, Milwaukee could look for opportunities to go with a six man rotation down the stretch or, God forbid another injury arises, Robert Gasser would be an excellent option.
Gasser has a 2.99 ERA since June 18th and has been racking up quality starts for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He has 61 Ks in 45.1 IP in that time. Gasser appears ready for the big leagues.
Now, it's merely a matter of there being an opportunity. The Brewers could look to put Gasser in the bullpen before moving him to the rotation long-term, which is what they've done with a lot of their previous pitching prospects with a lot of success. But if they're going to do that, they may want to move him to the bullpen in Nashville soon to help get him acclimated to that kind of role.
Another complication is that Gasser isn't currently on the 40 man roster while Colin Rea, Janson Junk, and Eric Lauer are and all three of them have big league starting experience under their belt. It could be argued that Gasser has a higher ceiling than any of those three, making him a better option for the Brewers to go with. Time will tell, but if an opportunity opens up, Gasser will be among the names at least considered for a promotion.