The Brewers are continuing to make moves in order to bolster their minor league depth. Their most recent signing was Thyago Vieira. He is a hard throwing right-handed relief pitcher who has played in Japan since 2020, but was once a top 20 prospect in both the Mariners and White Sox’s systems.
Thyago Vieira’s deal with the Brewers is a minor league contract. However, it does include an invitation to Major League Camp.
Another non-roster invitee for the Brewers: RHP Thyago Vieira, who has pitched in Japan since 2020, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp. https://t.co/GJOsKSas00
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Prior to playing in Japan, Thyago Vieira was a highly regarded pitching prospect known for his ability to throw hard and strike batters out. However, command was an issue for him at that time. Earlier in his career he walked a lot of batters and was susceptible to throwing wild pitches and hitting batters. He did acquire 25 innings worth of big league playing time prior to deciding to play overseas.
Of the three seasons that he spent with the Giants in Japan, 2021 was his best season where he posted a 2.93 ERA and saved 19 games. Injuries did limit Thyago Viera’s time on the field in 2022, but he did post a 37% strikeout rate and 0.90 ERA over 20 innings. Overall, he posted a 2.86 ERA with 150 strikeouts and 61 walks in 125 innings while in Japan.
Thyago Viera was able to cut down on his walks and improve his command while in Japan. Despite this, he is going to be a pitcher that the Brewers will be looking to further develop prior to deploying in the big leagues.