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Milwaukee Brewers sign quartet of veterans to minor league contracts

Crew Signs LeBlanc, Forsythe, Kelley, and Otero to Minor League Contracts

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On Monday, the Brewers signed LHP Wade LeBlanc, infielder Logan Forsythe, catcher Christian Kelley, and LHP Andy Otero to minor league contracts.

LeBlanc, Forsyth, and Kelley are headed for Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds, while Otero will go to Double-A affiliate Biloxi Shuckers. The quad is made up entirely of professional baseball veterans, some with a decade-plus in the major leagues.

Wade LeBlanc (LHP) brings over a decade of big-league experience and a few recent seasons of baggage. From 2019 on, LeBlanc has a 6.23 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP. He’s lost a lot of speed and movement on his four seamer, which, unfortunately, was his primary pitch when he was at his best from 2014-2018. Over that period, he posted a 3.92 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

Logan Forsythe (INF) also has spent plenty of time in the big leagues and can play all four infield positions. Infield versatility is his primary offering. He’s a right-handed bat with a slightly below average WRC+ who’s slashed .244/.326/.369 over his career. Like LeBlanc, some of Forsythe’s worst years are concentrated in the recent past.

Christian Kelley (C) has been slowly leveling up through the minors since 2014. His defensive skills are major league-ready and can provide the Brewers with additional depth, but the Crew can expect little from Kelley at the plate. His professional career slash line of .229/.311/.306 offers some insight on why he hasn’t yet been promoted to the show.

Andy Otero (LHP) is my pick for the most exciting of Monday’s signings. He last pitched stateside in 2015 for the (then Atlanta-affiliated) Carolina Mudcats. He comes with an injury history, a solid slider, and a dominating curveball. Across six seasons in the minor leagues, he produced a 2.53 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP. He returned to pitching in the international leagues in 2019 and has worked in 45 innings since then. In those scant appearances, he produced a 1.20 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP, struck out forty, and allowed just one home run.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs.