Over the course of Winter Meetings, the Brewers made a few minor moves. They selected Gus Varland in the Rule 5 draft and Isaac Collins in the AAA portion. Adonis Medina was signed to a minor league contract. The Brew Crew are continuing to operate by making small, but potentially under-the-radar type moves. That trend continued as they added and invited Collin Wiles to big league camp.
Brewers have added another non-roster pitcher to big league camp, signing RHP Collin Wiles to a Minor League contract. He’s a starter, 28, and a former supplemental first-round pick of the Rangers who made his big league debut with the A’s last season. https://t.co/N2kGi6U3Zj
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What is there to know about the newest Brewer Collin Wiles?
Wiles was drafted 54th overall by the Texas Rangers in the 2012 MLB draft. With the Rangers organization, the right-handed pitcher operated as a starter and made his way up to the AA level. Eventually his contract was picked up by the Oakland Athletics before the start of the 2022 season.
In the A’s organization he pitched for the Las Vegas Aviators. He made 26 starts for the Aviators, covered 143 innings, and had a 5.40 ERA. In September, he made his big league debut. He made four appearances for the A’s, pitched 9 innings, and had a 4.66 ERA.
On the mound, Wiles is not an overpowering pitcher. His most used pitch is a cutter that operates in the high 80s. He also is able to mix in a fastball, slider, change up, and curve ball pretty regularly. Wiles is a strike thrower and has a career BB:9 of 1.86. He also has a career ground ball rate of 55%.
Last year the Brewers had to rely upon minor league depth pitching. Jason Alexander, Peter Strzelecki, and Trevor Kelley all began the year in AAA. Signing Wiles will help provide minor league starting pitching depth.