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  • Brewers Acquire Fredonia's Owen Miller from Cleveland


    Seth Stohs

    On Wednesday afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired infielder Owen Miller from the Cleveland Guardians for cash or a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Mario Feliciano was Designated for Assignment. 

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    Owen Miller was born in Mequon and went to Ozaukee High School in Fredonia where he starred on the diamond, and on the court. He went to Illinois State and was the Padres third round pick in 2018. 

    In August of 2020, he was traded to Cleveland in a huge trade that sent Mike Clevinger and Greg Allen to San Diego while the Guardians also received Austin Hedges, Josh Naylor and Cal Quantrill.

    He made his MLB debut in 2021 and played in 60 games. He hit .204/.243/.309 (.551) with eight doubles and four homers. He was much better in 2022. In 130 games, he hit .243/.301/.351 (.652) with 26 doubles and six home runs. As a rookie, he split his time between second base and first base, but he played all four infield spots. In 2022, he played 80 games at first base, 25 games at second base and four more games at third base. 

    How will he fit with the Brewers? A right-handed hitter, he can team with Rowdy Tellez and Jon Singleton at first base. He can provide depth around the infield, but especially at second base where Brice Turang will likely play.  

    On the other side of the transaction, the Brewers will need to send a Player to be Named Later to Cleveland or simply send some Cash. 

    To make room on the 40-man roster, the Brewers Designated catcher Mario Feliciano for Assignment. With the acquisition of William Contreras this week, the Brewers 2016 second round pick became expendable. He played in one game for the Brewers in 2021, walking in his lone plate appearance. In 2022, he played in two games and went 1-for-4 with a walk. In 77 games at Nashville, he hit .274/.326/.386 (.712) with 14 doubles and six home runs. 

    Presumably the Brewers will attempt to trade Feliciano. 

    Join us in welcoming Owen Miller back home to Milwaukee, and then discuss the role you can see him playing in the COMMENTS below. 

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    IMO, he's designed to be a placeholder to keep Turang in the minors until after the super 2 cutoff.  
    His success in the minors suggests he could be a breakout candidate, but if he doesn't, we have Turang to bring up. 
    Throw enough crap at the wall, some of it is sure to stick. If Toro and Miller click, Brice might be disappointed for a while (until Adames is traded).

     

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    11 hours ago, Robocaller said:

    IMO, he's designed to be a placeholder to keep Turang in the minors until after the super 2 cutoff.  
    His success in the minors suggests he could be a breakout candidate, but if he doesn't, we have Turang to bring up. 
    Throw enough crap at the wall, some of it is sure to stick. If Toro and Miller click, Brice might be disappointed for a while (until Adames is traded).

    You don't believe the Brewers will consider starting Turang on the opening day roster? He would qualify for an extra pick that way, wouldn't he?

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    5 hours ago, Brock Beauchamp said:

    You don't believe the Brewers will consider starting Turang on the opening day roster? He would qualify for an extra pick that way, wouldn't he?

    I don't think Turang will be on two (or even one) top 100 lists, so he won't qualify. So there will be no benefit of having him on the OD roster, other than his potentially superior play compared to whomever they keep on the roster.
    I'm not confident the Brewers will do anything that limits their long-term financial interest.

     

     

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    13 minutes ago, Robocaller said:

    I don't think Turang will be on two (or even one) top 100 lists, so he won't qualify. So there will be no benefit of having him on the OD roster, other than his potentially superior play compared to whomever they keep on the roster.
    I'm not confident the Brewers will do anything that limits their long-term financial interest.

    Refresh my memory on the new rule: the prospect has to make the top 100 of just one of BA, FG, or MLB? Or is it BA, BP, MLB?

    Such a weird agreement for a CBA.

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    13 hours ago, Brock Beauchamp said:

    Refresh my memory on the new rule: the prospect has to make the top 100 of just one of BA, FG, or MLB? Or is it BA, BP, MLB?

    Such a weird agreement for a CBA.

    It's two of the three top 100 lists that they consider. If it's only one, it doesn't count.

     

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    2 hours ago, Robocaller said:

    It's two of the three top 100 lists that they consider. If it's only one, it doesn't count.

    Ah, okay, well then that changes my opinion quite a bit. Thanks for the clarification. Turang might sneak onto a single list. I do not see him making two of them.

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