Following a successful season for the Biloxi Shuckers, some of their stars are getting a two-week shot in the big leagues. This morning, the Brewers announced a series of roster moves, bringing up six of the best players from the Double-A affiliate:
RHPs Yhonathan Barrios, Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez, Tyler Wagner, OF Michael Reed, INF Yadiel Rivera promoted from @BiloxiShuckers today.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 22, 2015
It's a surprisingly big list of moves, but with the Brewers hurting at several positions, they need all the help they can get right now. Let's go through the list and look at the stats for each of the call-ups (for players acquired mid-season, only the stats while in the Brewers system will be shown):
Yhonathan Barrios: 3.15 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 7.20 K/9, 2.25 BB/9 in 16 G, 20 IP
Adrian Houser: 2.92 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 7.78 K/9, 1.46 BB/9 in 7 GS, 37 IP
Jorge Lopez: 2.26 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 8.60 K/9, 3.27 BB/9 in 24 GS, 143.1 IP
Tyler Wagner: 2.25 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 7.09 K/9, 2.66 BB/9 in 25 GS, 152.1 IP
Michael Reed*: .269/.371/.410, 5 HR, 62 R, 70 RBI, 26 SB, 111 K, 73 BB in 131 G, 525 PA
Yadiel Rivera*: .253/.298/.331, 2 HR, 55 R, 44 RBI, 10 SB, 83 K, 27 BB in 133 G, 514 PA
* - Players with stars split time between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The biggest name missing from that list is shortstop Orlando Arcia. We don't know why Arcia wasn't called up, and the Brewers decided to go with Rivera instead. They could be preserving service time, though two weeks isn't much to worry about at all. Infield depth is already big enough with the callups that they have made, so Arcia could have been a redundant move. It might just be a matter of 40-man roster space at this point. It's a disappointment to fans that wanted to see him, but he will be in the big leagues soon enough.
Many of these players were set to be added to the 40-man roster at the end of the season anyway. Michael Reed, Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez, and Yhonathan Barrios were set to be Rule 5 draft eligible this offseason. By adding them now, it gets a jump on that for later this year, as well as gives them the chance to show what they can do without burning an option year. However, Orlando Arcia would also need to be added this year, so leaving him off is still curious.
The Brewers had a few roster spaces available to make this happen, but had to clear a few more to fit all of the players. They did this by placing both Jimmy Nelson and Michael Blazek on the 60-day DL, officially ending their seasons. Nelson had been shut down yesterday after it was decided that having him pitch again this season was too big of a risk following his head injury. Blazek had been out with a fractured hand since mid-August, but had hoped to return this year.
It looks like all six will be in Chicago and in uniform for tonight's game. Earlier today, the Shuckers Twitter account, along with Tyler Wagner on his own account, tweeted pictures of the six callups at the airport:
Reed, Wagner, Houser, Barrios, Rivera and Lopez all smiles this morning after being dropped off at the Chatt airport. pic.twitter.com/iQWXIicMcV— Biloxi Shuckers (@BiloxiShuckers) September 22, 2015
Considering that the Brewers will be going with a bullpen day today, they will need all the help they can get. We could see a few of these players on the field tonight. It will be a good reward for them for a successful season in Biloxi.