Brewers announce 3 minor league signings with spring training invitations

As the MLB lockdown continues, things have been mostly calm on the major league side of the Milwaukee Brewers news cycle. Since the trade with the Red Sox against outfielder Hunter Renfroe, things have stopped.

However, the same is not true of minor league operations, where fans got little news nuggets to get by. Earlier this week, it was a minor-league rule 5 acquisition from right-hander Caleb Boushley.

On Thursday, the Brewers took it one step further, getting as close as possible these days to news regarding the major league roster. Sure, that was an announcement of minor league deals, but with a twist.

On Thursday, the Brewers signed three-player contracts for the minor leagues with invitations to spring training.

Although the lockout continues, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns is still busy. This latest signing, which was announced by the club earlier today, adds a few new faces that will have the chance to prove themselves this spring.

Receiver Jakson Reetz, a 2014 Nationals 3rd round pick, is a career .230 hitter with .702 OPS for his minor league career with 33 homers in 472 games. He made his major league debut with Washington last season, going 1 for 2, which included a brace in his very first major league at bat.

The Brewers have stepped up their depth of capture this offseason after making a deal to acquire former Oriole Pedro Severino and another to bring in former Tampa Bay Ray Brett Sullivan. This adds even more depth to the capture pipeline.

Outfielder Garrett Whitley was the Rays’ 13th pick in the 2015 draft. He reached the Double-A and Triple-A levels for the first time in 2021 and did quite well at the old stop, with a strike from 0.255 with an OPS of 0.880, including 14 doubles and 11 homers in 57 games.

He hasn’t found quite the same success at the Triple-A level, however, with his average dropping to 0.170 and his OPS dipping to 0.570 in 31 games. Unlike Reetz, Whitley has yet to make his major league debut.

Right-handed pitcher Moises Gomez comes to the Brewers as a free agent for the Seattle Mariners organization. And like Whitley, he spent time in both Double-A and Triple-A for the first time in his career in 2021, performing at one stop before struggling to the next.

Gomez has been excellent at Double-A, sporting a 1.23 ERA and 0.989 WHIP on 23 relief appearances with 25 strikeouts on seven walks. In 13 games at Triple-A, however, his ERA and WHIP jumped to 5.94 and 1.560, respectively. Still, a 3.09 ERA and 1.239 WHIP career as a minor league shows promise worth exploring.

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It will be some time before we have big news on major league brewers again, so for now, minor league deals with spring training invitations will have to be enough.

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