Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster came a bit clearer into view on Tuesday as infielders Yadiel Rivera and Colin Wlash were both informed that they had made the ballclub and would be heading north with the Brewers when they break camp.
Rivera, 23, made his MLB debut with the Brewers last season as a September call-up. He played well in the Arizona Fall League and followed that up with an impressive spring, hitting .311 and providing manager Craig Counsell with defensive versatility off the bench.
Walsh, 26, was a Rule 5 pick from Oakland over the offseason. Milwaukee’s brass really liked his ability to get on base in the minor leagues and he continued to demonstrate those skills in Cactus League play, leading the Brewers in walks while playing both second and third base. He’ll still need to remain on the team all season long or be offered back to Oakland.
Rivera and Walsh making the squad leaves Hernan Perez as the odd-man-out for the Brewers. After appearing in 90 games for Milwaukee last season, hitting .270, Perez will head to Colorado Springs to open the year with the Sky Sox.