We learned earlier today that the Milwaukee Brewers lost Rymer Liriano on a waiver claim, and it appears that he was not the only player that our local nine exposed to the waiver wire recently. The club announced earlier this evening that four other players cleared waivers and had been sent outright to AAA Colorado Springs:
INF Garin Cecchini
Milwaukee purchased Cecchini’s contract from Boston during the 2015 Winter Meetings, hoping to buy-low on the post-hype former top prospect. The 25 year old failed to make the team out of spring training and spent the whole year with the Sky Sox, splitting time between third base and first. ‘Cheech’ managed only a .271/.325/.380 slash with five home runs in 469 plate appearances, which translated to an 88 wRC+ in the hitter-friendly PCL. He didn’t show the front office enough this season to merit a chance at the big league level.
LHP Sean Nolin
The Athletics DFA’d Nolin last offseason after aqcuiring Khris Davis from the Brewers, so Milwaukee claimed him and made Nolin something like the third piece of that deal. The former Blue Jays and A’s top prospect (a part of the Josh Donaldson trade) spent all season on the disabled list with a troublesome elbow that eventually required Tommy John surgery in August. He’s unlikely to throw a pitch during the 2017 season.
1B/OF Andy Wilkins
The Brewers plucked Wilkins off waivers from Texas last winter prior to signing Chris Carter to play first base. The 28 year old began the season in Colorado Springs, where he posted an overall .235/.321/.419 with 12 home runs in 374 plate appearances (93 wRC+). He spent some time in the big leagues as well, appearing in 26 games but accruing just 27 plate appearances, batting .125/.222/.292 including his first career home run.
UTIL Jake Elmore
Elmore signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee last winter and the 29 year old journeyman began the season in AAA. After batting .320/.428/.380 with two home runs and 13 steals in 57 games, Elmore was called up to the big leagues and finished out the season with the Brewers. He appeared in 59 games, batting .218/.371/.244 across 99 plate appearances while spending time at all three outfield positions as well as second and third base.
Following the outright of those four players, the Brewers 40 man roster now stands at 37. Liriano and Nolin were both coming off of the 60 day disabled list. As Jim Goulart of Brewerfan.net points out, all four players will be able to elect free agency in the five days following the completion of the World Series.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs