Brewers bolster roster with six from Double-A
The Milwaukee Brewers added an infusion of Double-A talent to their big league roster Tuesday.
The Brewers called up six players from their Biloxi, Miss., affiliate following the completion of the Shuckers’ season Monday, a three-games-to-two series loss to Chattanooga (a Minnesota Twins affiliate) for the Southern League championship.
Five of the six will get their first taste of the big leagues during the season’s final 11 games.
Milwaukee recalled infielder Yadiel Rivera and right-hander Tyler Wagner.
The Brewers also selected the contracts of right-handers Yhonathan Barrios, Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez and outfielder Michael Reed. Only Wagner has major league previous major league experience.
Rivera made his big league debut Tuesday in the Brewers’ 4-0 loss to the Cubs, coming on as a sub and going 0-for-2. He batted .277 in 52 games for Biloxi and also played at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.
Wagner posted an 11-5 record in 25 starts with the Shuckers and held opponents to a .235 collective batting average.
Barrios was acquired from Pittsburgh on July 23 in the Aramis Ramirez trade. A former infielder, he became a pitcher in 2013. In a combined 49 relief appearances between Double-A and Triple-A this year, he went 4-5 with 17 saves and a 2.83 ERA.
Houser, acquired on July 30 from the Houston Astros with three others in the Carlos Gomez trade, was 4-1 with a 2.92 ERA in seven regular-season starts for Biloxi. He threw a shutout in the first game of the Southern League playoffs.
Lopez went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 games with Biloxi and was named Brewers’ minor league pitcher of the year and the Southern League pitcher of the year. He also was a Southern League All-Star.
Reed batted .278 average with five homers and 49 RBIs in 93 games in Double-A. He was promoted Aug. 1 to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he finished the regular season before joining Biloxi for the Southern League playoffs.
One day after declaring Jimmy Nelson finished for the season, Milwaukee placed the right-hander on the 60-day disabled list due to a head contusion. Right-hander Michael Blazek (fractured right hand) also moved from the 15-day to 60-day DL, with both moves clearing spots on the 40-man roster for newly promoted players.