Blue-chip prospects Brett Lawrie and Jeremy Jeffress headline the list of Milwaukee farmhands picked for the prestigious Arizona Fall League. Rosters were unveiled Monday afternoon.
Lawrie will be joined on the Surprise Rafters by outfielder Logan Schafer, who will try to make up for time lost to a groin injury, infielder Eric Farris and right-handed pitchers Michael Fiers, Jeffress, Brandon Kintzler and Mike McClendon, who is currently pitching out of the Brewers’ big-league bullpen.
Left-handers Lucas Luetge and Dan Merklinger were named to the taxi squad.
Double-A Huntsville manager Mike Guerrero will manage the Rafters, a team made up of prospects from the Brewers, Tigers, Royals, Cardinals and Rangers. Play begins Oct. 12.
LaTroy Hawkins’ return from nearly three months on the disabled list lasted all of five outings.
The Brewers placed Hawkins back on the 15-day DL on Thursday morning with the same right shoulder weakness that landed him there in the first place in early May. Hawkins was replaced by right-hander Mike McClendon, a 25-year-old right-hander who was an All-Star for Triple-A Nashville this season.
To make room for McClendon on the full 40-man roster, the Brewers shifted catcher Gregg Zaun to the 60-day DL. Zaun is out for the season after shoulder surgery.
His own shoulder injury has prevented Hawkins from contributing to the Brewers in the first season of the two-year $7.5 million contract he signed during December’s Winter Meetings and exasperated the Brewers’ lousy luck with free agent pitchers. They also signed Randy Wolf to a three-year, $29.75 million contract, and he entered Thursday’s start against the D-backs with a 4.81 ERA and a 5.29 fielding independent ERA (FIP), up from 3.96 last year with the Dodgers. The Brewers’ other big signing was left-hander Doug Davis, who missed two months with swelling around his heart and is currently sidelined indefinitely by elbow tendonitis.
McClendon will wear No. 58 for the Brewers. He posted a 2.44 ERA in 25 appearances at Nashville after a promotion from Double-A Huntsville, and surrendered only one home run in 55 1/3 innings. The Brewers made McClendon their 10th round Draft pick in 2006.