Alumni Spotlight: 5/6/16

We like to follow the Brewers and their prospects here as they work their way up through the minor leagues but as we start to get attached to some of these youngsters they will occasionally find their way to other organizations via trades, free agency or other means. Nevertheless, we still maintain an interest in their advancement and from time-to-time this season, we’ll take a quick pause from our normal day-to-day Brewers coverage to check in on some Brew Crew alumni. Here’s a quick look at how several familiar faces have performed thus far.

Left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

Left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

ANTHONY BANDA – ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

A former tenth-round pick of the Brewers in 2012, Banda was traded to Arizona in 2014 as part of a deal that brought Gerardo Parra to Milwaukee. The 22-year-old southpaw has thrived since the trade and opened 2016 with the Diamondbacks Double-A team in Mobile. Through his first five starts, Banda has a record of 1-1 with a 2.84 earned run average. He’s allowed just eight earned runs for the Bay Bears while striking out 29 in 25.1 innings of work.

CY SNEED – HOUSTON ASTROS

Milwaukee used their third-round selection in 2014 to draft Sneed out of Dallas Baptist and he turned in a strong 2015 performance, splitting time between Wisconsin and Brevard County. The Brewers traded the 23-year-old right-hander to Houston this past offseason in exchange for infielder Jonathan Villar. He began the year at Double-A Corpus Christi and in four appearances, two starts, he’s posted a record of 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA, allowing just two runs in 15.2 innings of work.

NICKY DELMONICO – CHICAGO WHITE SOX

A once highly thought of prospect in the Baltimore Orioles organization, the Brewers acquired Delmonico in exchange for closer Francisco Rodriguez in 2013. His time in Milwaukee’s organization was plagued by injuries and suspensions and in a bizarre turn of events reports even surfaced that the team completely lost contact with him for a period of time. The Brewers had enough and released Delmonico last February. He latched on with the White Sox and opened 2016 with their Double-A squad in Birmingham where he currently sports a .366 average with nine doubles and four home runs.

BARRETT ASTIN – CINCINNATI REDS

A third-round pick out of Arkansas in 2013, Astin was dealt to Cincinnati a year later, going to the Reds in an August deal for reliever Jonathan Broxton. The 24-year-old Astin has made eight appearances for Double-A Pensacola this season, all in relief, going 3-0 with a 2.03 earned run average while holding opposing hitters to a .200 batting average.

JUAN CENTENO – MINNESOTA TWINS

The 26-year-old backstop spent last season in the Brewers organization, appearing in ten games for Milwaukee and another 51 for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Centeno hooked on with the Minnesota Twins this season and has started the year with their Triple-A squad in Rochester. Through his first 15 games, Centeno is batting .245 with a home run and five runs batted in.

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