Brewers acquire Kevin Kramer from Pirates – .

Brewers acquire Kevin Kramer from Pirates – .

Brewers and Pirates traded an inter-divisional trade, with a utility Kévin Kramer go to Milwaukee. In return, Pittsburgh will receive a left-hander Nathan Kirby.
While it is generally rare for the division’s rivals to combine on trade, the Pirates and Brewers have been relatively frequent trading partners in recent years and have in fact just struck another minor league deal a year ago. little over a week. Today’s exchange sees the two clubs trading a pair of fairly high picks from the 2015 Amateur Draft.

Kramer has 43 games of big-league experience, all coming with the Pirates in the 2018-19 seasons, and he has produced just .387 OPS out of 90 career appearances. A second-round pick for the Bucs in the 2015 draft, Kramer posted considerably better numbers during his minor league career, although he also struggled at the Indianapolis Triple-A this season. reaching 0.196 / 0.318 / 0.296 out of 214 AP. The 2020 season has been a complete wash for Kramer due to hip surgery in May 2020.

Kramer, 27, will provide the Brew Crew with some depth of the farm system, and he will also adapt to Milwaukee’s favorite model of a multi-position player. Most of Kramer’s professional career has been spent as a second baseman, but he’s also spent quite a bit of time at shortstop, third baseman, and both corner outfield pitches.

While Kramer was selected 62nd overall in 2015, Kirby went even higher, taking 40th overall from the Brewers in competitive balance round A. However, since being drafted, the Kirby’s professional career has almost barely started, with just 102 1/3 in total. innings launched (71 to come in the 2018 season). The left-hander has been ravaged by injuries, including Tommy John surgery and a thoracic outlet syndrome procedure.

Kirby has finally returned to the mound this season for the first time since 2018, and he has a 1.93 ERA, a 23.17% strikeout rate and an unsettling 15.85% walk rate in 18. 2/3 innings for Double-A Biloxi. Kirby is still only 27, so the Pirates are taking out a leaflet to see if Kirby has a second act to his career, and if he maybe can possibly reach the majors as a reliever.


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