Brewers call for Billy McKinney; Trey Supak and Ronny Rodriguez nominated for an assignment

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The Brewers announced Monday they claimed the outfielder Billy McKinney waivers from the Blue Jays, who nominated him for an assignment on Friday. It was opted for the Brewers’ alternative training site. Milwaukee also added Righty Justin topa as the 29th man for their double today and reinstated the right-hander Ray Black from the 45-day injured list.In order to make room on the 40-man roster for McKinney and Black, the Brewers nominated the right-hander Trey Supak and infielder Ronny Rodriguez for assignment.

McKinney, 26, was a first-round pick (No.24 overall) by Track & Field in 2013 and has since rebounded in the league in a series of high profile rallies. Oakland originally sent it to the Cubs as part of the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel commerce, but McKinney never made it to the big leagues in Chicago. Instead, the Cubs shipped it to the Yankees alongside Gleyber Torres in 2016 Aroldis Chapman deadline exchange. Almost two years to the day later, the Yankees sent McKinney back to Toronto as part of their left-hander return JA Happ.

McKinney only played two games with the Yankees and spent the other 122 games of his Big League career with the Toronto organization. He showed a bit of pop, evidenced by an ISO of .209, 18 homers, 21 doubles and a triple in 407 appearances on the field with the Jays, but McKinney was also prone to strikeouts and flies in the field without. attract a lot in the walking department.

Overall, McKinney is a .231 / .291 / .437 hitter with a 25.8 percent take-out rate and a 7.3 percent walk rate in the majors. He drew average reviews for his glove work in the right field and below-average ratings in the left. McKinney has never played center in the Majors, but has a handful of innings on first base. He’s out of minor league options after this season, so there will be increased pressure to join the club in 2021 – if he survives on the 40-man roster until spring training. next year, that is.

The decision to nominate Supak is somewhat of a surprise, given that he has long been considered one of the organization’s best launch prospects and had a strong Double-A season last year. Granted, Milwaukee Farm has been considered one of the lowest-ranked systems in the game for several seasons, but Supak looked like he had the opportunity to make it to the Majors this year.

Supak spent most of last year in Double-A, where he threw 122 2/3 ball frames 2.20 ERA with 6.9 K / 9, 1.7 BB / 9, 0.44 HR / 9 and a base rate of 44.8%. It’s a very propitious environment for pitchers, and the right-hander’s independent field measurements weren’t as optimistic as this rudimentary ERA – 3.14 FIP, 3.59 xFIP – but it was a promising season nonetheless. Supak was hit hard in a brief seven-game Triple-A stint, but that was true for most pitchers, given the offensive eruption throughout Triple-A that coincided with changes in the composition of the ball itself.

Milwaukee cannot trade Supak at this point, so he will surely be subject to waivers. He still has a minor league option beyond this season and a relatively strong minor league record, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another club make a claim. Perhaps it should be noted that the club that originally drafted Supak, the Pirates, currently have top priority on waivers. (They’ve since returned the top of their front office, however.) If Supak isn’t claimed, Milwaukee will be able to point him straight to his alternate site and keep him both in the organization and in the pool. of 60 players.

As for the 28-year-old Rodriguez, he never entered a game with the Brewers after coming in from the Tigers on a waiver request in December. It’s a versatile utility piece with a bit of pop but overwhelming core issues, as can be seen in his .221 / .254 / .396 batting career. Rodriguez had 14 big flies in 294 MLB fieldwork appearances last year, but he also has a career strikeout rate of 24.8% and has seen a dismal 18.2% of his flyball record under form of pop-ups on the ground. Thirty percent of Rodriguez’s on-set appearances resulted in a punch or pop-up, and he only walked at a 4.6% pace in the Majors.

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