Per a club release, the Brewers have designated righty Jake Petricka for assignment amidst a series of minor roster moves.
Petricka, 30, appeared in six early-season games for the club this season, posting a 3.38 ERA/4.61 FIP/6.04 xFIP in eight IP. The seven-year MLB vet hasn’t had much success of any kind during stints with the White Sox, Blue Jays, and now Milwaukee, but has consistently been afforded opportunities due to his preternatural grounder-inducing ability.
Petricka ranks 6th among all active relievers with at least 200 IP since 2013 with a 59.1 grounder rate, and should present an attractive end-of-roster option for a bandbox-housed team. He seemed an ideal fit for a Brewer pen already possessing of an elite back-end, though the club apparently felt his shoddy command and declining velocity wasn’t likely to rectify itself anytime soon.
The vaunted Milwaukee ’pen, stripped early on of key pieces Corey Knebel – out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery late last month – and Jeremy Jeffress, has struggled at the season’s outset. Offseason pickups Alex Claudio and Alex Wilson have each been shaky, and even the barely-mortal Josh Hader has proven vulnerable to the longball. Craig Kimbrel still waits, though perhaps not in the wings for the cash-strapped Crew.
I guess Jesús Aguilar is next
He will pick things up
I really hope so, the Homerun Derby curse?
Albers isn’t an offseason pickup.
Ty do your research. Jeffress was injured early and has a 0.00 era. Far from a struggle. Matt Albers was on the team last year and not an off-season pickup.
He’s saying the bullpen as a whole has been shaky, as it was stripped of Knebel and Jeffress, but phrases it just as shakily. I can’t help him on Albers.
“stripped early on.”
thanks, the correction on Albers has been made.
Poor Jake’s photo looks like Ned Stark when I was finished with him.
please tell me you made this username just for this post.
“though perhaps not in the wings for the cash-strapped Crew.”
We as fans needs to KILL this false narrative. None of these teams are cash strapped. Mark Attanasio’s net worth is around $700 million. He’s part of an extremely wealthy ownership group. He, and the Brewers organization, are 100% capable of giving out a multi million dollar contract to one of the best relievers in baseball history.
I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say he hasn’t had “any success” in his previous stops. By all accounts he has pieced together a handful of decent seasons (last season not included) but the few where he had a sub 4.00 ERA are decent by most standards. He’s no Craig Kimbrel… but he’s also not exactly a total scrub either lol
Harshness seems a tad un-necessary. I would say he has been very serviceable and I am sure he will catch on with another team. Not sure why giving the news must come with the writers opinion and sarcasm, just report the news.