By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on September 2, 2014
September call-ups are not just important for teams that are out of the race. As teams enter the stretch run, many little know players can play an important role. Since the calender turned, the Milwaukee Brewers have made several roster additions. Here is a look at five takeaways from their September call-ups.
Last season, Jean Segura was an All-Star shortstop and one of the few bright spots of the team. This year, he has slumped mightily, batting just .232 through his first 123 games. With Elian Herrera already on the roster as a backup, Hector Gomez has also been promoted as insurance. Segura is still the future at short, but the call-up of Gomez could provide a wake-up call.
At one point, Logan Schafer was a highly regarded prospect in the Brewers' organization, but after years of struggle, he lost his backup role and was regulated to a late-season call-up. This season after struggling early in Nashville, he was able to hit a respectable .273. While he doesn't look to see many at-bats, Schafer's promotion shows that his great defensive skill-set has valuable to the team.
The Brewers already have All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado as catchers, but they have added AAA catcher Matt Pagnozzi to the roster as well. Without a third string catcher on the roster, Pagnozzi's promotion gives the team a safety net in case of injury and allows them to use Maldonado off the bench in more situations. With 42 games of major league experience, Pagnozzi should be able to do whatever is needed.
The first base situation in Milwaukee was atrocious last season. While this season it has been much improved, the promotion of two first baseman is a sign that the position is still a weakness. While Mark Reynolds has shown power and Lyle Overbay has been a solid bat off the bench, they are still not hitting for a high enough average at the position to have their lineup spot guaranteed.
For the past two seasons, Jason Rogers has been the Brewers' best minor league bat. Once a 32-round draft pick, Rogers now has a chance to prove his talents at the highest level. Heading into the offseason, corner infield is the team's biggest need. A few big hits could go a long way in Rogers earning a spot on the 2015 club.
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