The Brewers had 56 players in Major League camp as of Sunday morning yet somehow found themselves short at a position. That minor problem was quickly solved.
The team announced that 23-year-old first baseman Steffan Wilson would immediately join camp to help fill-out that spot. The only true first baseman on the roster is Prince Fielder, and while the Brewers plan to use outfielder Jim Edmonds and third baseman Casey McGehee at first to some extent, Wilson will help Fielder carry the load in drills this week ahead of the Brewers’ first Cactus League game.
“It’s just a matter of an extra body,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “We may rotate guys on a weekly basis. We haven’t decided that yet.”
A product of Harvard University, Wilson was Milwaukee’s 28th-round pick in the 2007 Draft and spent last season with the Brewers’ prospect-rich group at Class A Brevard County, where he batted .272 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles and 60 RBIs. He bats and throws right-handed.