Aaron Ashby is officially a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
One of the organization’s top pitching prospects was added to the 25-man roster this morning, ahead of his start in the series finale against the Chicago Cubs.
Ashby will apparently be wearing #26 when he takes the mound this afternoon.
To make room for him on the roster, the Brewers optioned utilityman Pablo Reyes back down to Nashville and designated reliever Bobby Wahl for assignment.
LHP Aaron Ashby selected from Triple-A Nashville.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 30, 2021
INF/OF Pablo Reyes optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
RHP Bobby Wahl designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/YD6CqnKF2F
While Ashby is making the start today, we’ll have to see what his exact role is going forward. He could continue to make spot starts as the Brewers use a 6-man rotation, or we could see him in more of a Corbin Burnes-in-2018 role, pitching out of the bullpen as the organization keeps a close eye on his innings totals.
Ashby has struck out 56 batters in 38 innings at Triple-A so far this year, but also walked 24 batters.
Wahl’s time on the Brewers’ 40-man roster has been plagued by injuries, the latest being an oblique injury earlier this year. He’s appeared in 13 minor league games this year, but has allowed a combined 11 earned runs over 10.1 innings in Double-A and Triple-A. He’s struck out 18 batters, but walked 9 while also giving up 10 hits — including 3 home runs.