Milwaukee will officially announce the promotion of its number one rated prospect Jimmy Nelson following the game against Pittsburgh.
According to reports by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Manager Ron Roenicke will make the formal announcement later today.
Nelson, 24, will likely take the spot vacated by 2004 first-round selection Mark Rogers when the team outrighted him off the 40-man roster Sunday – making him a minor league free agent after serving the organization for nine years.
After Nelson’s ten strikeout performance against the Iowa Cubs August to match a career high set earlier in the year, Milwaukee had to make the decision.
The victory against Iowa gave him back-to-back victories for the Sounds as he went on to achieve a 3.67 earned run average in his Triple A stint. He started the season with Double A Huntsville.
Paperwork will be filed following Nashville’s season finale today (12:05 pm CT) against Iowa, where lefty Aaron Laffey gets the starting nod.
In addition, Nelson will have a traveling mate alongside him – infielder/outfielder Sean Halton.
Halton will be joining Milwaukee after playing 24 games with the club earlier in the season for the Brewers.
But given the circumstances, it would not be surprising if the Florida native is on the Brewers’ Opening Day Roster in 2014.
Blazek has arrived
Reliever Michael Blazek is in uniform today following his acquisition from the St. Louis Cardinals as the player to be named later in the August 30 John Axford trade.
Blazek’s addition resulted in MLB.com updating its Top 20 prospects list and inserted him in the tenth spot in the Milwaukee organization.
He will be wearing number 54 for the Brewers as they face off against the division leading Pirates.