The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they’re adding more veteran depth to their farm system. The Crew has signed outfielder Michael O’Neill and pitcher Aaron Kurcz.
The 26-year-old O’Neill was drafted by the Yankees in 2013. He became a free agent in 2017 and signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. O’Neill has spent most of his time in the minors in Double-A. Last season, he made it to Triple-A for the first time in his career, granted for only six days. Across his two levels, he hit .251/.313/.394 in 522 PA with 12 HR, 31 SB and 127 Ks.
Kurcz is a 28-year-old righty who brings the heat. He was drafted out of the College of Southern Nevada by the Chicago Cubs. He has made it as high as Triple-A, with a 4.13 ERA over 181 innings with 184 K against 77 BB at the level. Despite an exciting profile, Kurcz spent a few months playing ball in Mexico. This winter, he has been taking to Twitter to petition for a job, showing off his 99 mph fastball.
free agent. anyone hiring? pic.twitter.com/AClAzhyjJw— Aaron Kurcz (@AaronKurcz) January 10, 2019
In 2016, FanGraphs ranked Kurcz as the Oakland A’s 23rd-best prospect. They graded his fastball and slider as future plus tools, but gave a 40 to his changeup and control. Fun fact: Bobby Wahl also made that list at 13.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference