The Milwaukee Brewers have made a trade! After one season in a Brewers uniform, Milwaukee has sent outfielder Hunter Renfroe out west to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for three pitchers.
There had been some rumors that Hunter Renfroe was on the trade block in Milwaukee. After arriving in 2021 in a trade with the Boston Red Sox shortly before last season's lockout, Renfroe had a great first season in Milwaukee. It turns out, it would be his only season.
With one year remaining before free agency, the Brewers have traded Hunter Renfroe to the Los Angeles Angels for pitchers Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero, and Adam Seminaris.
This is a mild surprise given that Renfroe was the Brewers best qualified hitter last season. He hit .255/.315/.492 with 29 homers and was a productive and well liked member of the club.
However, Renfroe had just one year of arbitration remaining before reaching free agency and was projected to earn north of $11MM next season. That is a good sized chunk of change, especially with so many young outfielders needing playing time in Milwaukee. Because of that, Renfroe was a trade candidate and they found a buyer in Los Angeles.
Who did the Brewers get in return in the Hunter Renfroe trade?
In return for one season of Renfroe, the Brewers get 18 years of combined team control over three young arms: Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero, and Adam Seminaris.
Janson Junk, 26, made his MLB debut in 2021 and has a total of 24.1 IP of MLB experience under his belt. He has a 4.74 career ERA. Junk is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Angels' #16 overall prospect. He has a mid-upper 90s four-seamer with high spin rates. He also has a slider and a curveball, as well a changeup.
Elvis Peguero, 25, has 19.2 IP of MLB experience with a 9.61 ERA in his career. He also made his MLB debut in 2021. He has a fastball-slider combo and profiles as a reliever.
Adam Seminaris, 24, was a 5th round pick of the Angels in 2020. He pitched across three levels in 2022, going from High-A all the way up to Triple-A. He began to struggle as he reached the upper levels but has a three pitch mix and his best offering is his changeup. He's a left-handed pitcher and should be able to remain as a starter.
All of these pitchers coming back struggled in the Angels system, a system that is not known for its pitching development. Los Angeles has really struggled to develop pitching and the Brewers have excelled at it. Even though the results on the field from the return for Renfroe don't look ideal, getting them into the Brewers development system should help them immensely.
The Brewers are able to clear the deck for prospects such as Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz, and Joey Wiemer while adding three talented young arms to the organization, who are still a few years away from arbitration eligibility themselves.