The Brewers have called up three additional players from Triple-A Nashville as rosters have expanded in September and the team is shooting for a playoff spot. Joining the Brewers will be third baseman Jason Rogers, first baseman Matt Clark and shortstop Hector Gomez.
Rogers has jumped up the organizational depth chart the last couple of seasons with outstanding performances. After a move to third base, he projects as the most likely internal candidate to replace Aramis Ramirez when Ramirez eventually leaves. This year, Rogers has hit .296/.365/.489 with 18 home runs between Double- and Triple-A.
Clark, meanwhile, has certainly impressed after originally being signed to a minor league deal in July. Now 27, he will bring a power bat to Milwaukee's bench. In 120 games this season (67 for the Mets' Double-A affiliate, 53 for Nashville) he has a .304/.376/.548 line and has 26 homers. Though he has always put up huge numbers in the minors, this will be his first cup of coffee in the majors. He did spend 2013 in Japan, where he had a 785 OPS with 25 homers in 132 games.
Gomez is the only one of the three with any major league playing time having appeared in two games as a September call-up for the Rockies in 2011. However, this season has been his first with any Triple-A affiliate. He'll be an extra middle infielder while also bringing above-average speed to the table. His most likely contribution will be as a pinch-runner where needed.
Only Rogers had been on the 40-man roster before these moves were made. Since players need to be on the 40-man to join the active roster, two moves needed to be made to accommodate Clark and Gomez. Thus, the Brewers have designated outfielder Caleb Gindl for assignment and outright released pitcher Hiram Burgos.
The organization has never really seemed to love Gindl terribly much, though he has been to the majors a handful of times. A poor 2014 season (.227/.310/.354) in Nashville and other outfielders moving ahead of him on the depth chart made him expendable. Burgos, meanwhile, is talented enough to play in the majors (and started six games for the Brewers last year) but has battled injuries the last two seasons and has only appeared in four minor league games in 2014.
The three newly called-up players will join Wei-Chung Wang, Logan Schafer, Jimmy Nelson, Matt Garza and Matt Pagnozzi, all of whom were added to the active roster yesterday. It's an uncharacteristically large crop of September call-ups for the organization, but with a tough September looming they could use any help they may be able to get.