Pitchers (not on 40 man)
Robert Gasser, Evan McKendry, Fernando Abad
The Brewers have several non-roster pitchers that are making excellent cases for a September call up. Depending on whether the Brewers want more help in the rotation or in the bullpen, any of these three could help going down the line. Gasser could help in the rotation, McKendry could be a swingman, and Abad is a pure bullpen arm.
The International League's strikeout leader, Robert Gasser, is certainly deserving of a promotion to the big leagues. A top prospect with little left to prove in Triple-A, Gasser would fit the classic mold of a September call up. He has a 3.85 ERA in 119.1 IP with 147 strikeouts. However, the Brewers may want to ease him into the big leagues as a reliever, as they've done with several other top pitching prospects, but he hasn't begun a transition to the bullpen yet in order to get him to Milwaukee faster. If they haven't done it by now, it's too late to start it for this year.
Evan McKendry was acquired from the Rays in a Trade Deadline swap of minor leaguers. The Brewers sent catcher Alex Jackson in return. McKendry has spent this season in Triple-A and since coming over to Milwaukee, he has a 3.75 ERA in four starts with the Sounds. The 25 year old is essentially big league ready and could help out as rotation depth or a long reliever out of the bullpen.
Fernando Abad was just signed by the Brewers the other day to a minor league deal. He's a 37 year old veteran of 11 big league seasons and is a left hander. With Andrew Chafin's struggles, the Brewers could be looking for another southpaw for their bullpen and they may not like their current 40 man options in Ethan Small, Clayton Andrews, and Bennett Sousa.
These 12 candidates are the most likely options for the Brewers when rosters expand by two on September 1st. There's also the possibility of a player returning from the injured list earning one or both of those spots. Jesse Winker is on a rehab assignment and could take a spot. Julio Teheran is now out on rehab as well.