The Brewers trimmed their spring training roster a little further this morning, optioning pitcher Johnny Hellweg back to AAA Nashville. Hellweg had made three appearances in major league games this spring and struggled pretty mightily, allowing six runs on eight hits in just three innings. Two of those hits were home runs.
Hellweg joined the Brewers in the 2012 Zack Greinke trade and had a pretty good season in the minors, posting a 3.14 ERA over 24 starts between Nashville and Wisconsin. His peripheral numbers told a different story, however, as he walked over five and a half batters per nine innings. In 30.2 big league innings his control problems really reared their head, as he walked 26 batters and hit eight more with pitches.
Earlier this spring the Brew Crew Ball community selected Hellweg as the #7 prospect in the organization. He's still only 25 years old, but he'll be out of options in 2015.