As the trade deadline hits, the Brewers and moving their biggest chips to Texas. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Brewers are trading Jonathan Lucroy to the Rangers, after working with multiple teams earlier in the day. A later report added that Jeremy Jeffress would also be in the deal, meaning the Brewers have also traded their top two relievers. In return, the Brewers will get two of the Rangers top prospects, Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz. The Brewers have not made this official yet. We will update this as we get more news.
The Brewers have officially announced the trade:
C Jonathan Lucroy and RHP Jeremy Jeffress traded to Texas for OF Lewis Brinson, RHP Luis Ortiz and a player to be named.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 1, 2016
OF Lewis Brinson is the ranked as the MLB’s #21 prospect and was the second best in the Rangers system according to MLB Pipeline. He’s considered to have five-tool potential, earning plus marks for his power, speed, and fielding along with above-average grades for his hit tool and his arm. In 76 games as AA this season, Brinson has hit .233/.277/.430 with 11 home runs and 10 steals and owns a .275/.343/.486 slash with 72 home runs and 81 steals across five minor league seasons. Brinson bats and throws right handed and stands at 6’3” and 195 lb.
Luis Ortiz is ranked as the #63 prospect in the MLB and was the #3 in the Rangers system before being sent to Milwaukee. He throws a 65 grade fastball that sits 92-97 MPH, a plus slider in the low-80s, and an average changeup to go along with above-average control. MLB Pipeline offers the potential ceiling of a #2 starter. In 67.1 innings this season between A+ and AA ball, Ortiz has worked to a 3.48 ERA with 62 K and 13 BB. The righty stands 6’3” and weighs 230 lbs.
The player to be named later will be announced following the end of the season, Stearns told reporters, including Adam McCalvy.