The Milwaukee Brewers announced before yesterday’s game that both Jake Petricka and Alex Wilson had successfully cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio. The pair of pitchers were DFA’d earlier in the week; Wilson to make room for Jay Jackson, and Petricka to clear space for Gio Gonzalez.
RHP Alex Wilson and RHP Jake Petricka have been outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/3LL8VcbHZ1— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 1, 2019
Both veteran right-handers could have elected free agency, but chose to stay with the organization for the time being. Milwaukee’s tenuous bullpen depth could mean that we see either or both pitchers again down the road this season. Wilson, 32, joined the team shortly before the end of Spring Training after he was cut loose by the Indians. He was given the chance to handle some high-leverage situations in the first few weeks of the regular season but didn’t prove to be up to the task, with a few blow-up outings leading to an ugly 9.53 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched. He struck out 13, walked nine, and gave up three home runs.
Petricka, 30, signed a split contract during the winter and though he did not make the Opening Day roster, he was one of the team’s first call-ups and wound up working 8.0 innings across six appearances in April. He allowed only three runs for a 3.38 ERA, but did so with three strikeouts versus six walks. Still, his ability to keep the ball on the ground and limit hard contact could push him back up to the Cream City at some point down the road.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs