Holding down last place in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers added a couple of infielders on Monday in hopes of infusing new life to the team and its chances for the 2013 season. The Brewers went out and acquired 3B Juan Francisco from the Braves while calling up 2B Scooter Gennett from AAA Nashville.
To make room on the roster, the Brewers sent down struggling RHP Mike Fiers (1-4, 7.25 ERA, 1.522 WHIP, 3.2 HR/9) and released INF Alex Gonzalez. In exchange for Francisco, Atlanta received minor league LHP Thomas Keeling.
The Brewers missed the playoffs in 2012 but were over .500 at 83-79. This season has been a mess as they currently sit at 21-35 and have lost 8 of 10.
Gennett came into 2013 as Milwaukee’s #8 prospect (Baseball America) and is currently ranked #6 by MLB.com. He was hitting .297/.347/.376 in the PCL with 30 runs scored and 8 SB (3 CS). In the 2009 First Year Player Daft he was taken out of high school in the 16th round.
Both of the acquisitions for Milwaukee are left-handed batters and they give the infield some depth behind 2B Rickie Weeks, who has struggled at the plate, and SS Yuniesky Betancourt. The rest of the Brewers’ infield has also seen injuries to 3B Aramis Ramirez and 1B Corey Hart, who hasn’t played yet in 2013.