Notebook: 11/20/16

It’s been a while since we’ve had anything for you but with the winter meetings on the horizon things could start to pick up in Brewerland. Here’s a few quick updates of what’s been going on in recent weeks.

A Few New Faces

The Brewers have added a handful of new players to the organization, including Milwaukee native Adam Brett Walker, a power-hitting outfielder whom the team claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The team also added former Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino on a minor league deal that includes a spring training invite and picked up a pair of righties from the indy league ranks, signing 29-year-old Chad Nading and 24-year-old Luke Barker.

Best of Luck

Several other players have seen their Brewers careers come to an end as well. Catcher Greg McCall, a former ninth round pick in 2014 announced his retirement, while utility man Brandon Macias was dealt to the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League in exchange for cash considerations. The team also announced the release of catcher Rafael Neda, though Neda will stay with the organization in a coaching role.

40-man Roster Additions

In advance of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, Milwaukee made several moves to protect some of their top prospects. Outfielders Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips and Ryan Cordell and pitchers Josh Hader and Taylor Williams were all added to the Brew Crew’s 40-man. Some of the more noteable names left unprotected include pitcher Wei-Chung Wang and Miguel Diaz as well as outfielders Tyrone Taylor and Clint Coulter.

Fall League Wraps Up

The 2016 Arizona Fall League season came to a close on Saturday afternoon with the Mesa Solar Sox claiming the league championship. A total of seven Brewers saw action over the past two months with the Salt River Rafters, led by young infielder Isan Diaz, who hit .239 with six doubles and a home run in 17 games. Brett Phillips and Jacob Nottingham each appeared in 19 games for the Rafters, with Phillips drawing a team-high 18 walks. Tyler Spurlin led the Brewers contingent of pitchers with 11 appearances, posting a 2.81 ERA over 16 innings while Tayler Scott allowed just three earned runs over 14.1 frames.

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