The Brewers announced another round of roster cuts on Saturday, optioning pitchers Zach Davies and Junior Guerra, third baseman Garin Cecchini and first baseman Andy Wilkins and re-assigning non-roster invitees Hiram Burgos, Daniel Tillman and Adam Weisenburger to minor league camp.
Davies, 23, was acquired from Baltimore last July in exchange for Gerardo Parra and figures into the Brewers future starting rotation plans. In four Cactus League outings, one of which was a start, Davies went 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in ten innings of work. After being added to the Brewers 40-man roster last September, this is the first option for Davies who will head to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Guerra, 31, was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox last October and made four relief appearances for Milwaukee this spring. He struggled in those four outings however, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings of relief .
Cecchini, 24, was traded by the Red Sox to Milwaukee last December with hopes that he could compete for the Brewers vacant third base job. In 11 games in Arizona this spring, Cecchini hit an even .200, going just 3-for-15 with a double and a triple. This is the third option for Cecchini, who should also head to Colorado Springs this season.
Wilkins, 27, put together a nice spring for the Brewers, hitting .368 with a pair of home runs and six runs batted in. In 13 games, Wilkins went 7-for-19, leading to some talk of a possible bench job for him behind Chris Carter in Milwaukee, but the Brewers opted to send him to their minor league camp instead, where he’ll compete for at bats with fellow left-handed hitting first baseman Nick Ramirez.
Burgos, 28, saw action at three levels last season, reaching Triple-A Colorado Springs, but struggled in limited spring training action this year. He appeared in three games for Milwaukee this spring, striking out five batters in 4.1 innings of work, but also allowing three runs for a 6.23 earned run average.
Tillman, 27, is a former second round pick of the Angels who signed with Milwaukee this past offseason. He looked good in brief game action and did not allow a run in three relief appearances this spring, giving up just two hits and striking out three.
Weisenburger, 27, is one of the top defensive catchers in the Brewers system but has struggled offensively. In five spring training contests with Milwaukee, he hit just .143, collecting one hit in seven at bats and should see time with either Colorado Springs or Biloxi in 2016.
The Brewers roster now stands at 41 players as they continue to whittle their way down to their opening day 25-man squad.