The youth movement across MLB is continuing. No sooner had the Milwaukee Brewers called up their top pitching prospect, they have now called up their top hitting prospect in Lewis Brinson and promoted him to the majors per a team announcement. Brinson is arriving after the Brewers placed infielder Jonathan Villar on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain. Brinson arrived in the Milwaukee farm system as the centerpiece of the Jonathan Lucroy deal between the Brewers and Texas Rangers at last year’s trading deadline. He has done nothing but excel since arriving to the Brewers as he was hitting a robust .312/.397/.503 with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Brinson has a prime opportunity to carve out an everyday role with the Brewers as if he shows the potential that made him a top prospect, it could force the Brewers to shuffle Keon Broxton to a bench role or even demote him to the minors as he has struggled mightily in the season. The Brewers could potentially boast an outfield of Brinson, Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana. That trio has the potential to form a deadly offensive outfield mix in the future. It is now or never for Brinson.
The Seattle Mariners are expected to address their starting rotation whether it be at the deadline or the offseason per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Their only starters under long-term control are Felix Hernandez, Ariel Miranda and James Paxton. They should be plenty active in the starting pitching market.
The Minnesota Twins may end up scraping their plans to sell at the deadline should they remain in contention per Rosenthal. In fact the Twins may end becoming buyers and look for some cheap starting pitching upgrades due to the injuries to their rotation.
There is a sense that one of Buck Showalter or Dan Duquette will not be with the Baltimore Orioles after the 2017 season per Rosenthal. Both men’s contracts are up after the season and due to a reportedly unsavory relationship between the pair, it appears one of the two are sure a bet to not return.
- Despite the strong chance the Pittsburgh Pirates will miss the playoffs for a second year straight, general manager Neil Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle are not at any risk per Rosenthal. In fact both men are good bets to sign contract extensions before the end of the season.