Major League Baseball is currently on track to begin Spring Training and a 162-game regular season on time as spelled out by the Collective Bargaining agreement, meaning that in just two weeks, pitchers and catchers will be reporting to camps in Arizona and Florida. Our Milwaukee Brewers will be packing up and heading to the American Family Fields of Phoenix complex in Maryvale, and in addition to the current members of the 40-man roster, the team has announced 18 players who have thus far received non-roster invitations to camp.
Top prospect Garrett Mitchell will be in big league camp with the Brewers. Here are the invitees to date: pic.twitter.com/5WnNU02t83— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 3, 2021
Six of the players — Dylan Cozens, Zach Green, Blaine Hardy, Hoby Milner, Jace Peterson, and Pablo Reyes — were signed to minor league contracts during the current offseason that included invites to big league camp. Another eight players — Garrett Mitchell (1), Brice Turang (2), Ethan Small (3), Tristen Lutz (5), Aaron Ashby (6), Zack Brown (14), Payton Henry (15), Clayton Andrews (27) — are currently ranked within Milwaukee’s top-30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
The final four players who have been invited to camp are prospects who are not ranked, but nonetheless look like enticing players. Jake Cousins was signed by the Brewers in 2019 out of the Frontier League, then loaned to the Chicago Dogs of the American Association in 2020 when there was no affiliated minor league baseball. Cousins was a dominant relief arm for the Dogs, pitching to a 3.38 ERA with a 25:5 K/BB ratio in 16.0 innings pitched as a 25 year old.
Thomas Jankins, who turns 26 this summer, was a 13th-round pick by Milwaukee in 2016. The sinker baller has been a consistent innings-eater in the minors, posting a 3.95 ERA across 449.1 innings all the way up to Triple-A by relying on a pitch-to-contact approach (7.1 K/9) with very limited walks (2.2 BB/9).
Miguel Sanchez is a former member of the Dominican Air Force who signed as an international free agent at age 22 and has since climbed the ranks all the way to Triple-A. The 27 year old owns a 3.72 ERA and 10.8 K/9 versus 3.2 BB/9 across 227.2 innings as a swingman and multi-inning reliever.
Quintin Torres-Costa was a quick-rising lefty relief arm, drafted in the 35th-round in 2015 before rising to Triple-A by the end of 2018. Tommy John surgery threw his development timeline off track, but QTC did return in time to make five appearances at the end of the 2019 season and another nine outings in the Arizona Fall League. The 26 year old owns a 3.25 ERA with 11.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 across 221.2 minor league innings.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference