Joe Koshansky played his first Triple-A Spring Training game on Friday and then found out it would be his last for a while.
Koshansky got a surprise call to big league camp, where he arrived Saturday morning to back-up Brewers regular first baseman Prince Fielder. Through Friday that role had belonged to Steffan Wilson, who got a surprise call-up of his own back on Feb. 28. Wilson played A-ball last season, but got the nod over a more experienced player like Koshansky because he had been getting at-bats in the Brewers’ spring minicamp.
“I was definitely surprised,” to get the promotion, Koshansky said. “Happy. … It’s good to be up here. Any time you get to play in front of the big league staff, you want to do everything you can to show them what you can do. I’ll take this opportunity and hopefully leave a good impression.”
Koshansky was in big league camp with the Rockies last year before bouncing around on waivers, first to the Rangers and then to the Brewers. He spent 2009 at Triple-A Nashville and batted .218 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs.
He’s been on the cusp of the Major Leagues for several years now. Koshansky played 17 games for the Rockies in 2007 and 18 games in 2008. Someday soon, he’d like to stick.
“I’m hoping, one day,” Koshansky said. “I love playing, so it will work out.”
Wilson, meanwhile, will prepare for his season in the Minors. He played in 14 Cactus League games and batted .207 (6-for-29) with four RBIs, but three of those hits came in his first start on March 5 against the A’s. After that, he was 3-for-25.
“The exposure for Wilson was good but he needs to go down with his team to start playing,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “You don’t want a guy to get discouraged, either. I thought he handled it very well.”