The Brewers announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Colorado Springs and designated fellow righty Ariel Hernandez for assignment to open a space on the 40-man roster. Milwaukee also recalled Jacob Barnes from Triple-A and optioned right-handers Freddy Peralta and Taylor Williams.
The series of roster moves comes on the heels of a 10-inning, 13-12 slugfest last night, during which the Brewers burned through six pitchers, including both Peralta (the game’s starter) and Williams (who has now pitched on consecutive days). Both Peralta and Williams figure to be back with the club in the very near future.
Hernandez, 26, has bounced from the Reds to the Dodgers to the Brewers so far in 2018, showing a definitive knack for missing bats but also the same alarming control problems that have prevented the flamethrowing righty from making an impact at the big league level. Hernandez averaged 98 mph on his fastball last season in a 24-inning cup of coffee with the Reds, during which he racked up 29 punchouts but also issued 22 walks.
It’s been much of the same this year in the minors, as he has a 54-to-40 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings of work across three organizations and two minor league levels. He’d only landed in Milwaukee via waivers about three weeks ago and appeared in just five games with their Triple-A affiliate before being designated once again today.
As for Brooks, the 28-year-old will be returning to the big leagues for the first time since the 2015 season with today’s promotion. Back in 2015, he was traded alongside Sean Manaea as the second piece traded sent from the Royals to the A’s in exchange for Ben Zobrist. Brooks spent a season-plus with the Cubs before the Brewers picked him up, and he’s enjoyed a solid 2018 campaign despite pitching in an enormously hitter-friendly environment. Through 99 1/3 frames in Colorado Springs, he’s notched a 3.35 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 0.72 HR/9 and a 55.1 percent ground-ball rate.
Brooks and Manaea were traded together for Zobrist and they’ve had such split careers compared to each other, jeez.
To be fair, Manaea was always the clear headliner of that deal. A recent top 50 pick in the draft (who’d been in the mix in the top five before a minor injury dropped his stock) and clear top 100 prospect.
Brooks had enjoyed some success in the upper minors but was more or less viewed as a fifth starter/swingman, at best.
Is he going to play SS?
…or not 2B.
Who’s picture is that? And what team is he playing for?
Ariel Hernandez and the Reds, obviously.
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Sorry! It wasn’t a criticism. I just didn’t recognize the hat.
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My only point.
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There’s a picture of Stormy Daniels where it says “Steve Adams”….Puter might have a virus……
I’m surprised those guys were sent down. I would have optioned Guerra down before Peralta. I wonder if the brewers will bring up Dubon so he can be put on 60 day dl after September 1, then you could bring up Betancourt. I wish they would dfa Albers. I hope they bring up Thompson, Derby, Williams, Knebel Davies, Peralta , Quinton Torres, Houser,Wilkerson, Woodruff, Betancourt, Nottingham, Orf, Saladino ,Santana , and Broxton but if they do that they will have to get rid of 2 on the 40 man
Oops forgot about Nottingham too.
There is a below zero chance anyone brings up 15-16 guys. You don’t know how it works if you think any team stuffs its entire 40-man into the dugout/clubhouse in September.
No kidding but in my opinion these are guys who have earned a possible call up. Derby obviously won’t be called up at all because he is going to be pitching in the AFL. But they are in a pennant race and it will be good exposure for them. Also you do have guys on the 25 man who will need some rest like Williams and Houser who are coming back from major surgery. Then you are going to have guys that are now on a very short leash because of lack of performance like Guerra, Barnes, Albers, Jennings, they aren’t probably be seen much if they don’t get better. Now Santana and Broxton will called up to try and show them off some same as Orf who I really like the guys heart but there is a good chance he loses his 40 man this winter so he could go either way. My post were from the fan side of me so get over it .
During the game the announcers said the Brewers were going to bring up another catcher on Saturday but it wasn’t going to be Nottingham cause he isn’t ready so I wonder if that means its Betancourt.