The Brewers have officially selected the contract of outfielder Alex Presley, as Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported on Twitter. Righty Tyler Cravy was sent down on options to create an active roster spot, while righty Zack Jones has been placed on the 60-day DL to create 40-man space.
The 30-year-old Presley did not break camp with Milwaukee, of course, despite strong spring numbers. Neither did he draw interest from other teams in a major league capacity at the start of the year — when his contract allowed him an opt-out opportunity if a club had been willing to put him on an Opening Day roster.
Though it’s been a while since he’s been able to produce at an above-average clip at the major league level, Presley has been been off to a hot start at Triple-A, slashing .344/.400/.563 in 35 plate appearances in a continuation of his good showing in camp. It seems that he will factor into the still-crowded center field mix, as the club appears largely set in the corners but hasn’t received much up the middle from players like Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ramon Flores, and the already-optioned Keon Broxton.