Is it finally time for the Brewers to call up their top ranked pitching prospect?

The Brewers still need to secure their pitching staff and help could be just one phone call away.
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According to FanSided MLB Insider Robert Murray, the Milwaukee Brewers are still interested in "all pitching" as the July 30 trade deadline approaches. Murray shared this insight following GM Matt Arnold acquiring Aaron Civale from the Tampa Bay Rays.

One thing not mentioned by Murray was the possibility of Milwaukee adding from within as their top pitching prospect is currently hitting his stride on the mound. In 2018, the Brewers relied heavily upon prospects Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta and they went on to carve out roles in the postseason that year.

What does the current Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation and bullpen look like?

The addition of Civale gives Milwaukee a starting rotation that consists of him plus Freddy Peralta, Colin Rea, Tobias Myers, Dallas Keuchel. As a result of the trade, Bryse Wilson was moved back in a long relief role. Jakob Junis, who began the year as a starter, can also cover multiple innings out of the bullpen and D.L. Hall may be another available option in the near future as well. Joe Ross is currently on injury rehab assignment and it's unclear where he will slot in once ready to return.

Anchoring the Brewers bullpen is flamethrower Trevor Megill. He's been excellent this year and will continue to get high leverage opportunities even when Devin Williams returns from injury. Bryan Hudson, who has shown some signs of wavering lately, has also been a staple this year along. Hoby Milner, Joel Payamps, and Elvis Peguero have all had their ups and downs this season but once Jared Koenig, Enoldi Parades, and potentially J.B. Bukauskas return from injury there will be competition among all of these players for continued opportunities.

Is It Finally Time For The Milwaukee Brewers To Call Up Their Top Ranked Pitching Prospect?

This year the Brewers have seen Robert Gasser and Carlos Rodriguez make their MLB debuts. Unfortunately Gasser underwent season ending elbow surgery and Rodriguez was optioned back down after three starts. Of the organization's trio of top pitching prospects this leaves Jacob Misiorowski as the lone player yet to make the jump to the big leagues.

In terms of "stuff" on the mound, Misiorowski undoubtedly has the most talent and upside. This led to speculation at the end of last year as to whether he could contribute at the big league level, but unfortunately shoulder fatigue ended his season prematurely. However, rumors about him pitching for the Brewers resurfaced again during spring training when he began fanning opposing batters.

This minor league season, "The Miz" has pitched to a 3.38 ERA across 16 starts that includes 66.2 innings pitched and 88 punch outs. He has been more locked in than ever over his last few starts. During his last four games he has pitched 20.1 innings, has struck out 28, walked just five, and has a 2.23 ERA. This includes his most recent performance of 6.1 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts.

With Misiorowski continuing to turn heads, the question of "should the Brewers promote him to the big leagues from Double-A" is starting to become a real possibility. His triple-digit fastball and nasty breaking stuff on the mound will easily play at the big league level, but we may have to wait until after the trade deadline to see what the team acquires in regards to pitching and how they plan on lining up their starting rotation and bullpen.

Regardless of how the trade deadline shakes out, Misiorowski has shown that he is ready to make the jump. It's exciting to know that one phone call could put him in the big leagues as soon as this year.

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