As the date for pitchers and catchers to report to Maryvale draws closer, the Brewers continue to tinker with their roster, claiming infielder Ehire Adrianza off waivers from the San Francisco Giants while designating reliever Rob Scahill for assignment in order to make room on their 40-man roster.
Adrianza is a glove-first infielder who has experience playing all over the diamond with most of his time coming up the middle at second base and shortstop.
Signed by the Giants as a teenager out of Venezuela in 2006, Adrianza spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before coming to the states in 2008. A broken foot limited the youngster to just 18 games that season but he impressed folks that saw him play with gold glove caliber defense.
He slowly worked his way up through the Giants system and finally in his eighth pro season, got the call to the big leagues, making his major league debut with the Giants as a September call-up in 2013.
Shuffling between Triple-A and San Francisco over the past four season, Adrianza has appeared in 154 major league contests, hitting .220/.292/.313 with his best showing coming in 2016 when he posted a .254 average with a pair of home runs in 40 games.
It feels as though Adrianza has been around forever due to his signing at such a young age, but he just turned 27 last August and could fight for a bench job with Milwaukee this spring. A switch-hitter who generates line drive contact, Adrianza doesn’t offer much pop but he knows how to work a count and will take his share of walks. He’s a plus defender at both shortstop and second base with soft hands, good range and an above average throwing arm and provides the versatility the Brewers appear to like from their bench players.
To free up a roster spot for Adrianza, the Brewers were forced to make a corresponding move and they opted to designate Scahill for assignment. Claimed off waivers by Milwaukee from the Pirates last July, Scahill made 16 relief appearances following an August call-up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, posting a 2.45 earned run average with a WHIP of 1.04 in 18.1 innings of work.