Brewers call up three more from Nashville, release Burgos
With Triple-A Nashville’s season over, the Milwaukee Brewers made their second round of September call-ups Tuesday morning.
First baseman/third baseman Jason Rogers, first baseman Matt Clark and shortstop Hector Gomez will join the Brewers in time for Tuesday night’s game in Chicago.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Clark and Gomez, Milwaukee designated outfielder Caleb Gindl for assignment and released right-handed pitcher Hiram Burgos.
Rogers, who was Milwaukee’s minor-league player of the year in 2013, began the season with Double-A Huntsville. After hitting .282 with seven home runs and 43 RBI in 77 games with the Stars, Rogers was promoted to Triple-A.
The 26-year-old earned his first call-up to the big leagues by hitting .316 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 232 plate appearances for Nashville. Primarily a first baseman throughout his minor-league career, Rogers was shifted to third base prior to 2014.
Clark is quite the story, as he was signed by the Brewers to a minor-league deal in early July when Hunter Morris suffered a fractured arm.
The 27-year-old career minor leaguer hit .313 with 16 home runs and 37 RBI in 53 games with Nashville, impressing the Brewers enough to call him up. Clark, a left-handed hitter, will be making his major-league debut after spending six seasons in the minors.
A 12th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2008, Clark has hit more than 20 home runs in each of his last four minor-league seasons. He spent 2013 playing with Chunichi in Japan’s Central League, hitting .238 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI.
Clark is a career .286 hitter with 128 home runs and 473 RBI in 668 minor-league games.
Of the three additions to the roster, Gomez is the only one with major-league experience, although he played in just two games with Colorado in 2011.
Gomez responded from a down year offensively (.196 in Double-A in 2013) to hit .282 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in Triple-A this season. Once ranked as a top-100 prospect by Baseball America, Gomez is considered a strong defensive shortstop.
The 26-year-old went 2 for 6 in his short stint with the Rockies in September of 2011.
After hitting .242 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 57 games with the Brewers in 2013, Gindl never got on track in Triple-A this season. He hit just .227 with eight homers and 32 RBI for the Sounds and dropped on the organizational depth chart.
If Gindl clears waivers, he’ll be a minor-league free agent. He may find a better opportunity to earn his way back to the big leagues in a different organization, as the Brewers appear set in the outfield for next season.
Milwaukee’s minor-league pitcher of the year in 2012, Burgos has had his career sidetracked by shoulder injuries. Burgos quickly rose through the system and opened eyes by going 10-4 with a 1.95 ERA in 28 minor-league appearances over three different levels in 2012.
Burgos made his major-league debut with the Brewers in 2013, posting a 6.44 ERA in six starts before a right shoulder injury popped up in May and eventually ended his season.
The 27-year-old went 1-3 with a 6.50 ERA in four starts for Nashville in 2014 before he underwent season-ending right-shoulder surgery in June.
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