With the injury to Manny Piña, multiple reports have surfaced that the Milwaukee Brewers will be calling up top prospect and catcher Jacob Nottingham from AAA Colorado Springs. It will be the 23 year old’s first shot at the big league level with the Brewers as he looks to add depth to the catcher position for Craig Counsell’s crew. Nottingham has been playing with the AAA Sky Sox for 8 games this season hitting 8-for-27 at a .296 average, with one home run, four runs batted in, a .345 on base percentage, and .710 on base plus slugging percentage. Last year Nottingham played at the AA level with the Biloxi Shuckers and hit a less than impressive .209 average, adding on nine home runs and 48 RBIs in only 101 games played.
While the numbers last year were down for Nottingham this call up is an excitement for Brewers fans everywhere. Jacob Nottingham was the key trade piece initially when the Oakland Athletics sent Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros. Nottingham was then traded to the Brewers as the main piece in the Khris Davis deal later that offseason. Since coming to the Brewers organization Nottingham has not found a groove on both sides of the ball, but still has shown glimpses of the raw power that scouts had raved about back in 2015. Nottingham is well known for his aggressive approach at the plate which has lead to pitchers being able to exploit him and a high strikeout rate. 2017 was a much improved season for Nottingham in terms of his approach even though the numbers might not show it. Nottingham also showed big strides behind the plate throwing out 40% of baserunners and showing much improved glove work and blocking in 2017 and spring training.
Nottingham is a talent that many scouts have said is potentially an everyday player at the big league level, but whether he reaches that potential is yet to be seen. With a crowded catcher position when healthy, it is more than likely that Nottingham’s stay will last as long as Piña is unavailable. With that being said, Brewers fans should be excited to get a look at the young catcher over the next series or two.