By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 8, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers remain the class of the National League at the halfway mark, which are unchartered waters for the organization. The Brewers have plenty to think about, with clinching the division and earning a postseason berth being at the top of the list. Milwaukee must also consider whom they should call up in late August to aid the bench and bullpen. Here’s a look at five Brewers prospects who could be called up by August.
Mike Fiers is a man who simply can’t take advantage of the opportunities that have been presented to him. Regardless, he has been fantastic in Triple-A this season, which is why the Brewers will absolutely make him one of their call-ups in late August. The right-hander is 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 13 starts. He also managed to post a 2.57 ERA in four appearances for Milwaukee this year.
Utility player Eugenio Velez could be a valuable asset considering he can play all three outfield positions, second base and third base. On top of that, he’s batting .309 and has proven speed once he reaches base as evidence of his 16 stolen bases. Velez also has a little pop to his bat, which is certainly encouraging. Even though six home runs and 35 RBI aren’t jaw-dropping numbers, he did manage to do it in 246 at-bats.
First baseman Hunter Morris is someone who has been on fan radars for years. Everyone in Milwaukee would like to see him pan out soon. The only issue is he can’t stop himself from striking out at an alarming rate every season. For that reason, the Brewers are skeptical about giving him a full-time gig in the big leagues. Regardless, the left-handed hitter is batting .274 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI.
Jeremy Jeffress has bounced around the majors since making his debut with the Brewers in 2010. The reliever is tearing it up in Triple-A for Milwaukee, which means sooner or later the Brewers are going to call him up. The 26-year-old is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 26 appearances.
Jimmy Nelson, who I consider to be the organization’s top prospect, made his debut for the Brewers last season. He also made a spot start for Yovani Gallardo this year in which he recorded a win without surrendering a run. The right-hander has all of the talent in the world, and he’s starting to come into his own. There’s no question in my mind he will be the first prospect who is called up later this season.
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