Brewers News: Top Catching Prospect Among First Spring Cuts
One of the coolest parts about Milwaukee Brewers spring training every year is getting to see young prospects join in on the action with the big league club. They get to practice alongside the vets and play in Cactus League games.
But eventually, one by one (or several at a time), a majority of them get cut from camp and sent to prepare for their upcoming minor league seasons. On Sunday, the Brewers set their first group of prospects free from camp.
That group included a quartet of pitchers, a recently reacquired outfielder, and the top catching prospect in the organization. Word of the cuts came from Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Brewers made their first round of spring cuts on Sunday.
The big name in the group is catcher Jeferson Quero. Just 20 years old, he has quickly risen up the prospect rankings for the team, clocking in at No. 6 on our 2023 Top 25 Brewers prospects list last month.
Quero had an RBI double in his first Cactus League game on Feburary 27th, eventually scoring later in the inning. He finished his spring campaign going 1-for-3 with a double, RBI, run scored, and a strikeout.
The other position player cut from camp was outfielder Monte Harrison. Originally a 2nd round draft pick by the Brewers back in 2014, he was traded to the Marlins in 2018 as part of the now famous Christian Yelich deal. He is now back in the organization after being signed to a minor league deal right before spring training began.
Harrison actually got quite a bit of work in, appearing in eight of ten Cactus League games for the Brewers so far this spring. He went a combined 1-for-11 with two walks, seven strikeouts, and two runs scored.
Of the pitchers, Lucas Erceg is a name Brewers fans may be familiar with. Drafted in the second round in 2016 as a position player, he has since become a two-way player before converting fully to pitcher last season. He was re-signed to a minor league contract this offseason and was also left exposed in the Rule 5 draft, though he wasn't selected by another team.
Erceg appeared in three games this season, pitching 2.2 innings. Two of those outings were a scoreless inning each while the other saw him give up three runs on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning.
The other three pitchers cut from camp were Tyler Herb (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), Tobias Myers (2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), and Thomas Pannone (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).
The Brewers have an off day on Monday before continuing Cactus League play on Tuesday, the next chance that prospects will get to show their stuff for as many games as they can.