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Milwaukee Brewers make first round of roster cuts in Spring Training

Notable exclusion: Aaron Ashby

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at San Diego Padres Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it looks like it is that time in Spring Training where roster cuts begin. Mario Feliciano, Corey Ray, Alec Bettinger, and Dylan File were all optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

Of this group, Mario Feliciano in particular has had a really good Spring. In 9 at-bats, Feliciano collected 5 hits. He was also a run producer scoring 2 runs and driving in 5. His slash over 8 games played was .556/.600/1.222. The Brewers’ catcher looks like a bright star in their farm system.

Corey Ray is apt to be in a critical year of his baseball development. Entering his age 26 season, Ray was supposed to a virtual “can’t miss” prospect. Ray is in severe jeopardy of missing. With an OBP of .462, he’s been able to get on base at a good clip. Much of that is on the strength of 4 walks. Unfortunately he also struck out 5 times in 9 at-bats.

The Brewers also reassigned several players to Minor League Camp as well: Tristen Lutz, Garrett Mitchell, Brice Turang, Clayton Andrews, Jake Cousins, Thomas Jankins, Miguel Sanchez, Ethan Small, and Quintin Torres-Costa.

The Brewers’ top prospect, Garrett Mitchell, has been impressive this Spring. He has the potential to be elite, and he was fantastic in his first camp. A slash of .455/.500/.545 is an early indication of what the young man is capable. The Brewers may made the steal of the 2020 draft getting him at #20.

On the flip side, Milwaukee’s #2 prospect, Brice Turang, struggled. With a slash of .077/.133/.308 and some poor play on defense, Turang looked like the stage was a bit big for him at this juncture. Nonetheless, word from the alternate training site was that he was hitting the ball as well as anyone. Hopefully Turang is just a little rusty getting back into the swing of things.

Interestingly, Aaron Ashby is not on either of these lists. Ashby has been simply nasty this Spring, making opposing hitters look bad.