Brewers Seek Shortstop Depth

The Brewers are looking to add a shortstop to the organization to provide depth behind Yuniesky Betancourt and Craig Counsell, assistant GM Gord Ash told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Ash says the Brewers are “extraordinarily” thin at shortstop in the minors, yet he isn’t optimistic about acquiring depth in a minor trade.

“We’re diligently looking but there’s not a lot available,” he said.

Triple-A shortstop Edwin Maysonet is likely headed to the disabled list and Luis Cruz recently signed with the Rangers despite the Brewers’ insistence that he would be their first choice if they needed a shortstop in the majors.

Zelous Wheeler, a 24-year-old infielder at Triple-A, is likely out for six weeks, and 13-year minor leaguer Anderson Machado is playing in his place. The lower levels of Milwaukee’s system don’t feature legitimate alternatives, so the Brewers are eyeing other organizations’ infielders.


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Redbirds16
4 years 4 months ago

Take Pete Kozma! He’s a former first rounder…

4 years 4 months ago

Have Counsell be a player/manager

4 years 4 months ago

13 year old!?!?!

bucs_lose_again
4 years 4 months ago

Reading Comprehension?!?!

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 4 months ago

13-year minor leaguer Anderson Machado is playing in his place.

I intially read this as “13 year-old minor leaguer Anderson Machado is playing in his place”.

4 years 4 months ago

Haha, same here. :)

4 years 4 months ago

Me too

Slopeboy
4 years 4 months ago

I know this guy in Texas with loads of experience…

4 years 4 months ago

That guy with the Gold Glove!?

Slopeboy
4 years 4 months ago

Yep! and he plays with it. Thinks it gives him style points

4 years 4 months ago

please take jack wilson. hes good…

elturtle
4 years 4 months ago

Brandon Wood may be available if they play their cards right.

kevinhua
4 years 4 months ago

tony abreu could work

4 years 4 months ago

Marco scutaro may be available because Jed Lowlie is better than him.
But・・・・・・・REDSOX need back-end starting picther.

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

no they don’t

4 years 4 months ago

Randy Wolf.

4 years 4 months ago

Anything is better than Betancourt. Worst player in baseball.

Sam_Lee
4 years 4 months ago

Amazingly, he’s playing well. What a shocker that fanbases like the Mariners spout silliness.

4 years 4 months ago

Actually, Yuni is playing rather well here in Milwaukee.

twenty1thirteen
4 years 4 months ago

You can have Yuniesky Betanc… oh wait. Getting rid of him was the best part of the Greinke trade.

4 years 4 months ago

Stephen Drew anyone?

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

and what exactly do the brewers have to get Drew?

The prospect cupboard is bone dry

Otis26
4 years 4 months ago

Shocking that the Brewers need backup behind Yuni.

As an aside I’m so glad they took Greinke and emptied their minor league system to do so. Jeffress got his first win today and is pitching lights-out.

twenty1thirteen
4 years 4 months ago

Jeffres got the save today, Davies got the win. Completely agree though.

daveineg
4 years 4 months ago

Read the article. They are short minor league shortstops. The article doesn’t even talk about the major league roster. Despite the haters, Betancourt has been fine. He’s making all the routine plays and only has committed one error. He’s impressed me with his ability when he’s the middle man on double plays. He has quick hands and transitions the ball in a flash. He hasn’t hit much, about what Escobar has for the Royals, but he’s played just 10 games.

The Brewers pitching staff is 4th in the NL, leads the league with 3 shutouts, and defensively they have the fewest errors in the league (against all the doomsayers predictions). All this and they will be adding a former Cy Young winner in less than 3 weeks.

Brewers are on their way.

BTW, the demise of their minor league system is way premature. They are short in a few spots, but they have quite a few pitchers with plenty of promise that are off to good starts.

j6takish
4 years 4 months ago

Ramon Santiago may be the odd man out in Detroit. He’s not great but he’s better than Yuni, and he can play passable D

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

And who does Detroit get? I think Santiago might be a little more expensive than you think. Esspessially when the Brewers have Yuni as their only other option and Detroit is not desperate to get rid of him. Maybe Worth and a mid level prospect for Randy Wolf. Then we can move Coke back to the bullpen to pitch the seventh. That way we have someone who can take that spot while Joel Zumaya’s arm falls off while doing the windmill on guitar hero and takes Ryan Perry’s eyeball right out while he helps him move.

cookmeister
4 years 4 months ago

take Brandon Wood Ron!

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Atleast Wood wouldn’t be the worst batter in the lineup… the pitchers would slightly edge him out.

4 years 4 months ago

He would be when Gallardo is pitching

mikehotmop
4 years 4 months ago

They can have Brandon Wood!!!!!!!

mikehotmop
4 years 4 months ago

They can have Brandon Wood for a bucket of baseballs!!!!

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

You can have an edit button.

JacksTigers
4 years 4 months ago

You can have an edit button to the left of the reply button!!!!!!

Hermie13
4 years 4 months ago

Tribe is overflowing with infielders currently at AAA Columbus. A fringe top prospect Cord Phelps is stuck DHing actually because of the logjam there…..and that’s with Jason Donald rehabbing at AA Akron.

Tribe could be looking to move Valbuena (the current starting SS at AAA). He has ML experience, did hit 10 HRs in 2009 as a rookie. He’s obviously not a starter, especially at SS where his defense is below average….but the article says the Brewers are lookign for “depth” at SS. Valbuena could provide that. Helps the Tribe ease up the logjam too. Could be a match and definitely fits the “minor trade” part.

Or if the Tribe decides to bring donald right back to Cleaveland (where he would have played had he not got hurt), they could look to move Adam Everett. Doubtful they do it this early, especially with how they’ve played….but never say never.

4 years 4 months ago

Valbuena isn’t such a bad suggestion here, particularly since it would appear that he doesn’t fit into Cleveland’s plans going forward. Presumably he wouldn’t be difficult (i.e. expensive) to obtain either.

Hermie13
4 years 4 months ago

That’s what I’m thinking. Tribe probably won’t just give him away, but his value obviously isn’t high.

I also think Valbuena’s game would play up a lil bit in the NL. But that could just be me.

$5427573
4 years 4 months ago

Will you take Juan Rivera? I’m sure he can play short, and I bet the Jays will accept a bag of balls in return

PhnxCrew
4 years 4 months ago

it would be nice if we’d just move eric farris to SS. Apparently they just want a good 2b at AAA