Jeff Bianchi To Join Brewers Friday

Mar. 14, 2012; Mesa, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jeff Bianchi (65) signs autographs for fans prior to the game against the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Park. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

According to the Lancaster-Lebanon League e-News (via @Mass_Haas), shortstop Jeff Bianchi will join the Brewers on Friday to fill the roster spot vacated when Taylor Green was optioned to AAA following Sunday's game.

Bianchi is 25 but has never played in the majors and was in his seventh minor league season. He was a second round pick for the Royals in 2005 and had been a top prospect in their organization before injuries derailed him a bit. The Cubs claimed him off waivers from the Royals this winter, and the Brewers later claimed him from the Cubs.

Through 70 minor league games this season (19 with Huntsville, 51 with Nashville) Bianchi has hit .319/.372/.378 with 12 stolen bases. He's a career .285/.339/.406 hitter in the minors, although 2012 was the first time he had reached AAA.

Given the production the Brewers have received from the shortstop position to this point, Bianchi probably deserves an opportunity to play most days. Cesar Izturis is 32 and hitting .212/.231/.271 in 43 games this season, while Cody Ransom is 36 and hitting .186/.297/.314. Bianchi is much younger and carries significantly more upside than either of those two.

Again, thanks to @Mass_Haas for unearthing this news.

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