Spring Training has been chugging along for nearly two weeks now, and now that the regulars are slowly starting to get more time on the field, the Brewers are starting to make some roster cuts.
On Thursday, non-roster invitees Taylor Jungmann, Jed Bradley, and Anderson De La Rosa were reassigned to minor league camp. Cody Scarpetta and Brock Kjeldgaard, both on the 40-man roster, were optioned to Class AA Huntsville and will also be joining minor league camp. There are now 50 players still in big league camp. This will be Scarpetta’s final option year (a rare 4th), while it is Kjeldgaard’s first.
The quick exits for Jungmann and Bradley were to be expected, as Doug Melvin noted before spring training began that the two 2011 first-round picks would likely only see a few appearances before being sent back to minor league camp. That turned out to be true — Jungmann appeared in two games, throwing 2.2 total innings, while Bradley threw 2.0 innings in two appearances. As was noted here the other day, Bradley threw nothing but fastballs in his last appearance.
Scarpetta threw even less for the big league club this spring, appearing in one game. He spent most of his time in big league camp recovering from wisdom tooth surgery. Still, if he can keep his walk totals under control, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him in the Brewers’ bullpen later this season. You may remember he was momentarily on the 25-man roster last season, but never appeared in a game.