With rosters expanded in September, the Brewers have slowly been adding pieces over the past few days. Eric Farris was promoted to replace Cody Ransom over the weekend, and as we reported on Sunday, Brandon Kintzler was added to the bullpen. Now, with the minor league season over, the Brewers are calling up four more: Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Logan Schafer and Josh Stinson.
It’s a return trip for Peralta and Thornburg, who were up in Milwaukee earlier this year. Peralta only appeared as a reliever in one game, while Thornburg pitched in 5 games and made two starts. Peralta will be making the start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins in the spot vacated by the shut-down Mark Rogers. Thornburg made a start for Nashville on Sunday, so he wouldn’t have been on schedule to make the start for Rogers. Between the big leagues and Triple-A, Peralta has thrown 147.2 innings (up from 150.2 last year), while Thornburg has thrown 126.2 innings (136.2 last year). Should any other Brewers starters get shut down for the year, these two should be able to fill the remaining innings this season.
Schafer is up for his second September appearance after playing in 8 games last September. After hitting .278/.332/.438 with Nashville this year, this could be an audition for the left-handed hitting outfielder. Nyjer Morgan may be a non-tender candidate after hitting .241/.302/.307 this year while making $2.35 million. If Schafer impresses (like he seemed to this spring), he could make a push for a backup outfielder spot next year.
Stinson was a waiver claim from the New York Mets in April. The 6’4″ righty spent the year in Double-A Huntsville, were he made 29 appearances (24 starts) with a 3.16 ERA. The ERA may look a lot better than he actually pitched, though: he struck out just 91 batters in 145.1 innings (5.6 K/9), carried a 1.638 WHIP, and allowed 10.3 H/9. This will also be the second September call-up for Stinson, who appeared in 14 games for the Mets last year. He was hit with an ugly 6.92 ERA in 13 innings, but most of the damage was done in a single outing, when he allowed 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks without recording an out. There was a second outing about a week later in which he allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk while only recording two outs. Even though Stinson was a starter in Huntsville, the priority this September for the Brewers should be getting Peralta and Thornburg starts, as Stinson’s big league future almost certainly lies in the bullpen, perhaps as a groundball specialist.