It is no secret that the Milwaukee Brewers have been struggling ever since the trade deadline. It is also no secret that their President of Baseball Operations, David Stearns, has lost a great deal of faith from the fans. What faith is left took another hit today. Curt Hogg of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared some of Stearns’ responses to an interview Hogg did with him regarding the upcoming expansion of team rosters.
Brewers Fans Who Want Sal Frelick and Esteury Ruiz Up May Be Disappointed
As unpopular as the Josh Hader trade was among Brewers fans, Esteury Ruiz, one of the prospects they received in return, has been lighting up Triple-A Nashville. Since joining the Sounds, he is hitting .333/.403/.420. He is also currently on a 15-game hit streak. He currently leads all professional levels of baseball with 68 stolen bases this season.
Similarly, Brewers number two prospect Sal Frelick has also been lighting up Nashville since his promotion. In 20 games with the Sounds, Frelick is hitting .410/.483/.513 and has walked (10) more than he has struck out (seven). He, too, has a double-digit game hitting streak that hit 12 games on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Tyrone Taylor and Jonathan Davis have been struggling offensively. For weeks, many fans have been calling for either Ruiz, Frelick, or both of them to be called up to add a spark to the offense. When Hogg asked Stearns about their possible call-ups, Stearns gave a less-than-promising response:
Many are curious about the Brewers AAA outfielders–namely, Frelick, Ruiz and Mitchell–and when/if any will be called up this year.
The conversation was broached with Brewers pres. of baseball operations about David Stearns. Parse through his answers here: pic.twitter.com/OwHIqgBWnG
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) August 26, 2022
What Do the Brewers Have to Lose at This Point?
I’m going to go full-on opinion mode here. The Milwaukee Brewers are not going to make the playoffs with their current rotation of position players. They could potentially catch lightning in a bottle, but I do not believe many people have high hopes for that. Calling up two of the hottest players in Triple-A seems like a no-brainer. Sure, there is a chance that they struggle upon reaching the Majors. Ruiz got a brief call-up with the Padres earlier this year and hit just .222/.222/.333. However, that was in a small 14-game sample in which he got just 27 at bats. We already know what Tyrone Taylor and Jonathan Davis can (and more importantly, cannot) do. Give the young guys a shot.