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Brewers acquire Oliver Dunn from Phillies

Prospects Hendry Mendez and Robert Moore are heading to the Phillies

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The Brewers have acquired second baseman Oliver Dunn from the Philadelphia Phillies, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports. Prospects Hendry Mendez and Robert Moore are going to the Phillies in return.

Dunn was eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, and it appears the Phillies had no plans to add him to their 40-man roster. Instead, they shipped him for a pair of prospects to Milwaukee, where he’ll factor into the Brewers’ big-league infield. Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Brewers have added Dunn to the 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old Dunn is coming off a breakout season in which he slashed .271/.396/.506 (148 wRC+) with Philadelphia’s Double-A affiliate. He followed that up with an excellent showing in the Arizona Fall League, slashing .343/.455/.616 and winning the league’s 2023 Breakout Player of the Year Award.

Dunn was older than most of his competition in Double-A, and his 27.5% strikeout rate is concerning. However, he possesses a compact swing that is direct to the ball, and he could join Joey Wiemer and Jackson Chourio as players who reduced their strikeouts as they progressed through the Brewers’ system.

Dunn makes plenty of loud contact, hitting 21 home runs in 2023, and has a great eye at the plate, drawing walks at a 16.2% clip. Those aspects of his performance separate him from Brice Turang and Owen Miller, two Brewers incumbents at second base who have shown little patience nor power in the big leagues. Dunn, who has a fresh set of minor-league options, could challenge them for playing time in 2024.

Mendez and Moore were seen as promising prospects not long ago, but their respective stocks have fallen after underwhelming performances in the lower minors. Both struggled with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 2023. Mendez posted a .634 OPS, and Moore a .682 OPS.