Brewers cut spring roster down to 40 | Disciples of Uecker

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The Brewers continued their roster cutdowns on Sunday, as the team announced they’re optioning Wily Peralta, Mark Rogers, and Disciples of Uecker favorite Michael Fiers:

In the past few days, the Brewers have seen the number of players in big league camp shrink to 46, making a few cuts on Thursday and losing Frankie De La Cruz on waivers on Friday.

This will be Rogers’ final minor league option, so he’ll either have to make the team out of camp next season or risk being lost on waivers. While he’s had a slew of injury problems, it’s no guarantee he would slip through waivers — he still has the stuff to make it in the big leagues, and could adapt well to a role in the bullpen. Still, it looks like the Brewers will be stretching Rogers out to start again with the Sounds. A healthy Rogers in the rotation would provide the Brewers more value and depth, but putting him in the rotation also increases the odds of him landing on the disabled list. It’s a definite risk.

Peralta will have one option remaining next season, but considering the impending free agency of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum (as well as the possible-perhaps-likely buyout of Randy Wolf), there should be enough openings in the rotation for that option to be unnecessary. Peralta had an impressive five starts in Nashville to close last season, striking out 40 in 31 innings as a 22-year-old, while only walking 11.

This will be Fiers’ first option, so the Brewers will be able to send him down in 2013 and 2014 without worry if need be. Like Peralta, though, Fiers could possibly parlay another strong season in Nashville into a possible starting job in the big leagues next season. His stuff isn’t electric like Peralta’s, but he’s gotten nothing but good results to this point in his minor league career.

It will probably take a significant stretch of bad injury luck and/or ineffectiveness for Peralta and Fiers to get a crack at starting in 2012, but at least if it comes to that, the Brewers have quality fallback options in the high minors. That’s not something you could have said a couple seasons ago.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. CT: Four more dropped from big league camp:

Manzanillo continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in an offseason car crash, while Rivas should slot into the back of the Nashville rotation as an innings eater. Bianchi was claimed off waivers from the Cubs (who claimed him from Kansas City) this offseason, and his most memorable moment this spring was faceplanting down the third base line while trying to score in a game against San Francisco. Arlis is more of a coach than a player at this point, as he appeared in only 5 games last season and 61 over the past three seasons.

UPDATE: 5:50 p.m. CT: Hey, what’s two more?

The vast majority of cuts to this point have been pitchers, as there’s less need to pick up innings now, but as the everyday regulars start playing more, the position players will start to get trimmed next.  That’s a total of 9 players cut today. I think reliever Dan Meadows summed today up best:

We’re less than 20 days away from Opening Day, folks.

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