Only one more call-up: Dillard
Here’s what manager Ron Roenicke had to say about promoting only one more player:
“More is not always necessarily good,” Roenicke explained. “It disrupts a lot of things. All of a sudden you’ve got too many groups in [batting practice], you shorten the groups. When you’re bringing guys up to play them, to get a look at them, it’s different.”
“There’s a couple of other guys you could look at and say they probably deserve to come up; [Mat] Gamel and [Caleb] Gindl both had great years. Somewhere in there, we thought about what we needed on the bench, [but] they’re left-handed and we’re really versatile left-handed.”
Roenicke said the team could make more pitching promotions if needed, but feel covered for now with Dillard.
The Brewers made right-handed reliever Tim Dillard their only additional call-up after Triple-A Nashville won its season finale on Monday.
Dillard’s return had been forecast since he was optioned back to the Minors on Aug. 26 to make room for third base prospect Taylor Green, a bat the Brewers wanted in the Majors to balance the roster, and to make Green postseason-eligible. By rule, Dillard had to spend 10 days with Nashville before he was eligible to return.
In 21 relief appearances with Milwaukee earlier this year, the side-arming Dillard has a 4.81 ERA and has held right-handers to a .196 average.
For now, the Brewers opted not to promote any additional position players from a pool of candidates that included left-handed hitter Mat Gamel and middle infielder Eric Farris. They also passed on a promotion for one of their Triple-A pitching prospects, Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers, who finished the season very strong after promotions from Double-A Huntsville.
Peralta has probably moved into No. 1 prospect status for Milwaukee, but Fiers was particularly impressive of late. He worked five innings in Monday’s finale without allowing an earned run, running to 19 innings his season-ending scoreless streak. In his 10 Nashville starts, Fiers was 8-0 with a 1.11 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings. He also made two relief appearances for the Sounds.
Dillard will be in uniform beginning Tuesday night, when the Brewers and Cardinals continue a three-game series.
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