Gindl among four added to 40-man

The Brewers added four prospects to the 40-man roster on Friday, the deadline to protect eligible players from being plucked away in next month’s Rule 5 Draft.

The players are outfielder Caleb Gindl, first baseman Brock Kjeldgaard, right-hander Santo Manzanillo and third baseman Zelous Wheeler. With the additions, the Brewers were left with 35 players on the roster.

Left unprotected, each of those players would have been in the pool of prospects eligible for the Dec. 8 Rule 5 Draft in Dallas, at which other clubs can select players from other teams who are not on the 40-man roster. To be eligible, players who signed at age 19 or older must have been in their organization for four years, and those who signed at 18 or younger must have been in their organization for five years.

Among the notable players left unprotected were 24-year-old left-hander Dan Meadows, who pitched in the Arizona Fall League. He had a 2.68 ERA in 41 regular-season appearances at Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville.

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