The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Joakim Soria from the Chicago White Sox for AA left-handed pitcher Kodi Medeiros and right-hander Wilber Perez from the Dominican Summer League.
As the new MLB Prospect Watch was released today, Medeiros, a former first-round pick, was ranked as the Brewers #13 prospect and the primary left-handed starter in the farm system. He was beginning to find success at the AA level posting a 3.14 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 103.1 innings. In Perez’s two summer seasons, he charted 17 appearances with a 5-1 record, 40.1 innings, and 47 strikeouts.
Joakim Soria has a career 2.84 ERA in 613 games. He is a two-time All-Star and is fifth in active pitchers with 220 career saves.
Soria fits into the Brewers already stocked bullpen as another middle reliever. Manager Craig Counsell’s rotation averages less than six innings pitched per game which puts a heavy toll on the relievers. Adding Soria is another extremely capable arm to take over in any inning and lead the way for set-up guys like Jeremy Jeffress or Josh Hader, embrace a set-up role, or even close a game.
Medeiros and Perez fit the White Sox developing farm system which is booming with talent specifically with pitchers like Michael Kopesch, Dylan Cease, and Dane Dunning who are all top 100 prospects. Medeiros is an enigma, however, as he will be Rule 5 eligible this next season. This means he will need to be on the 40 Man roster of the White Sox or he could be scooped up by another team in the Rule 5 draft. Medeiros has been successful this year, however, he has struggled with giving up runs as he has not posted an ERA lower than 4.44 and has been as high as 5.93 in full seasons. His control has also been spotty as he has averaged half a walk an inning throughout his minor league career which has contributed to the inflated ERA. Perez is only 20 years old and his progression will be tested once he plays a full season, but his smaller sample size has proved positive in the Dominican Summer League.
The Brewers valued Medeiros, but General Manager David Stearns mentioned situations like this are tough as he will be getting rid of him as the “price of playing poker,” on MLB.com. Stearns seems to believe that he is acquiring a great arm the Brewers can utilize to close out tight games with Soria. Milwaukee does not seem to be done yet, though. Scouts from a number of sellers including the Mets, Rangers, Royals, Reds, Marlins, and Tigers showed up to scout the Brewers strong AA team. Rumors are also swirling about starter Zach Wheeler from New York, Minnesota middle infielders Eduardo Escobar, Brian Dozier, and pitcher Kyle Gibson, and Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy.
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