The Brewers lost a pair of young farmhands to other teams on Monday whom they had previously designated for assignment, as they continue to shuffle their 40-man roster this offseason.
Pitcher Mike Strong was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins, while outfielder Daniel Fields was plucked by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Strong, a 27-year-old left-hander, was a 10th round pick of the Brewers in 2011 out of Oklahoma State University and was added to the 40-man roster last offseason after four minor league seasons. Strong split 2015 between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs, going a combined 5-2 with a 3.68 earned run average in 50 appearances.
Fields, a former top prospect in the Detroit Tigers system, was claimed by the Brewers late last season and he saw limited action after joining the organization, making just two late-game appearances for Double-A Biloxi in the playoffs.
The Brewers had hoped to get both players through waivers and retain them on minor league deals, but their claimings further demonstrate the improvements in depth made throughout Milwaukee’s farm system over the past few years.