Brewers News: Milwaukee To Promote Slugging OF Prospect Joey Wiemer
By David Gasper
The Milwaukee Brewers have made the call to promote one of their top outfield prospects, Joey Wiemer, to the big leagues.
After Wiemer just missed out on the final position player spot for the Opening Day roster, he gets called up after one game following the injury to Luis Urias towards the end of the game against the Cubs on Opening Day. Urias will end up needing an IL stint with his hamstring issue.
To fill the gap, Milwaukee's 3rd ranked prospect Joey Wiemer gets the call. Fansided's Robert Murray was first to report the news.
To clear room on the 40 man roster, the Brewers are likely to move Justin Wilson from the 15 day IL to the 60 day IL.
The Milwaukee Brewers have selected outfield prospect Joey Wiemer to the big league roster to make his MLB debut.
The injury to Urias forces Brian Anderson, who played right field on Opening Day and was slated to see the bulk of the time out there, to spend more time at third base. That leaves the starting job and the bulk of the ABs in right field wide open.
One of the main reasons the Brewers cited for not including Wiemer on the Opening Day roster was that they would only be in a part time role. Anderson was still going to see a lot of time out there with a healthy infield group. Now, the full time job is available and Wiemer gets the call.
Wiemer carries a few advantages over Sal Frelick for this promotion. First, Wiemer is a true corner outfielder and is an ideal fit in right with his cannon for an arm and immense raw power at the plate. Second, Wiemer is a right handed hitter and the rest of the Brewers outfield are all lefties, while Frelick is also a lefty. Third, Wiemer has a bit more pro experience, being drafted in 2020 alongside Garrett Mitchell, while Frelick was drafted in 2021 and thus has less pro experience.
The Brewers outfield now consists of Christian Yelich and two rookies from the 2020 Draft in Mitchell and Wiemer.
If Wiemer is able to play well out of the gate and earn the starting right field job even when the team is back at full strength, he will stick around for the rest of the season and earn a full year of service time even though he missed Opening Day. If he accrues a full year, Wiemer will be eligible for the Prospect Promotion Incentive, meaning if he wins Rookie of the Year or finishes Top 3 in MVP voting in any of his pre-arbitration years, the Brewers will get a compensatory draft selection.
Congratulations to Joey Wiemer making the big leagues!