As of Wednesday night’s game, the Milwaukee Brewers are 5-3 since the 27th of July in games against the Diamondbacks and Pirates in Milwaukee and the Padres in San Diego.
LHP Will Smith was traded to the San Francisco Giants for backup catcher Andrew Susac and pitching prospect Phil Bickford. The Giants currently lead the NL West but have struggled since the All-Star break, needing an upgrade in their relief corps. Bickford was the Giants No. 1 draft pick last year and ranked 65 in MLB Pipeline’s most recent Top 100. Susac was recently demoted to Triple A where he’s hitting 273/343/455 with 8 homeruns.
Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress.
After much anticipation and even a player veto, catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been traded to the Texas Rangers along with RHP Jeremy Jeffress. It wasn’t without a little controversy as Lucroy was originally going to be traded to the Cleveland Indians but waived his no-trade clause to prevent the move. In return the Brewers get 20-year-old Luis Ortiz and outfielder Lewis Brinson. Across A and AA, Ortiz is pitching a 3.48 ERA, has a great ability to throw strikes and is ranked 63rd in MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospects. He’ll begin his tenure in AA Biloxi. Brinson in AA this year has posted a .237 batting average and 11 homeruns but that includes a shoulder injury this season. Last season in AA, he posted a .332 batting average and 20 homeruns. He’ll begin his tenure in AAA Colorado Springs.
Brewer Farm System
MLB.com posted their rankings for the top 10 farm systems and named the Brewers No. 1 in all of baseball. They praised GM David Stearns for his build for tomorrow approach at the trade deadline as they were ranked No. 9 during the preseason. The Brewers currently have eight Top 100 prospects which include shortstop Orlando Arcia (No. 13), Lewis Brinson (No. 21), outfielder Corey Ray (No. 35), LHP Josh Hader (No. 43), Luis Ortiz (No. 63), Phil Bickford (No. 65) and outfielders Trent Clark (No. 74) and Bret Phillips (No. 76). Stearns is far from over in the rebuilding process but fans are already or will be seeing soon these prospects in the major league.
The long awaited debut of the Brewers’ top prospect Orlando Arcia finally happened Tuesday night in San Diego. He was immediately inserted as a starter at shortstop and displayed a strong defensive game. Offensively was a different story as he went 0-4 at the plate but the Brewers still won the game 3-2.
As the Packers prepare for NFL preseason opener in Canton, Ohio they have a few questions. The biggest one is the availability of backup quarterback Brett Hundley who will likely see the majority of the snaps in the Hall of Fame Game. Head Coach Mike McCarthy described Hundley as being “nicked up” after Wednesday’s practice. The other players with injury questions are linebacker Jake Ryan, right tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive lineman Mike Daniels and rookie offensive lineman Kyle Murphy. Some of these were not significant but Murphy was out with a concussion which puts his availability for Sunday in huge question.