Today was the day for minor league players to report to camp. It won’t be much longer before games start on the minor league side as those teams prepare for the season. As a result, it’s a day for many of the players who will be on those teams to head from big league camp to the minor league camp, and the first set of moves happened earlier today.
First, the Brewers announced the players who are reassigned to the minor-league camp. (These are players not on the 40-man roster who were in camp.)
The following players have been reassigned to minor-league camp: RHP Corbin Burnes, RHP Erik Davis, RHP Luis Ortiz and RHP Jon Perrin.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 9, 2018
Then, they announced the players who were optioned to camp. (These are players on the 40-man roster who need to use a minor league option to be sent to the minors.)
The following players have been optioned to minor-league camp: RHP Marcos Diplan, RHP Adrian Houser, RHP Jorge López, RHP Freddy Peralta, LHP Tyler Webb, INF Mauricio Dubon and C Jacob Nottingham.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 9, 2018
None of these roster moves are surprising. All of these players were expected to start the season in the minor leagues, so this list all makes sense. They can now focus on minor league camp and prep for the minor league season, while the Brewers can focus more on the players who might be on the team.
Craig Counsell did have a few things to say on the roster moves today. First, he confirmed that Jorge Lopez will work in relief for the Sky Sox this season. He also commented on the importance of minor league players getting time in major league camp:
CC on #Brewers cuts today: "For a large group of the guys, this was about experiencing spring training, putting yourself around big-league players, see how they prepare, see how they work. Now, take it to your minor-league season and use it to make yourself a better player."— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 9, 2018
With these roster moves done, the current number of players in camp is down to 45. With just 20 days until Opening Day in San Diego, the cuts should start coming in a bit faster now.