With the 2009 playoffs looking further and further away for the Milwaukee Brewers, I think it's about time they start auditioning for the future. It's hard for me to say that I'm giving up on the season, but it looks more and more bleak as each day passes.
Recently the Brewers have sent struggling shortstop J.J. Hardy to AAA Nashville to free up a roster spot for young shortstop prospect Alcides Escobar. So far through seven games played, he is hitting .318 (7-22) with zero home runs, one run batted in, and zero extra-base hits. In 109 games played for AAA Nashville he was hitting .298 with four home runs, 34 runs batted in, and 30 extra-base hits. At the age of 23 he has a lot of baseball ahead of him, hopefully as an everyday shortstop for the Brewers.
Having already had a brief stint in the majors this season, third basemen super-prospect Mat Gamel should be receiving another call-up in the near future if the team continues to struggle. Having played in 48 games for the Brewers, he was hitting .239 (27-113) with four home runs, 16 runs batted in, and six extra-base hits.
Other prospects that are seeing time in the majors right now are outfielder Jason Bourgeois, infielders Hernan Iribarren, and Casey McGehee. McGehee being an exception has seen regular time at third base since the demotion of Mat Gamel.
Players that should be receiving a call-up once the calendar turns to September are catcher Angel Salome, third basemen Mat Gamel, and first basemen Joe Koshansky.
Being 10.5 games out of first place in the Central Division, going into today's contest with the Washington Nationals, the chances of them winning the division are all but gone. Also, being 9.5 games out starting today in the Wild Card race, it makes perfect sense to me to start playing for the future and seeing what they have moving foward into next season and years beyond.