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We are 91 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale Baseball Park, and this morning, for the first time, the Milwaukee Brewers have filled their 40-man roster. They added four minor leaguers to that group yesterday to protect them from next month’s Rule 5 draft: Pitchers Taylor Jungmann, Michael Strong and David Goforth and infielder Yadiel Rivera.
Jungmann is probably the least surprising of the group and the most likely to get a shot at playing in the majors sometime in 2015. The former No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 draft posted a 3.57 ERA and struck out 8.6 batters per nine innings over 153 2/3 innings split between AA and AAA in 2014 and won’t turn 25 until November. There have been times in recent years where a performance like that would have made Jungmann a near-lock for the next year’s starting rotation, but given the depth on the big league roster he’ll likely have to wait a bit.
Strong is a little farther from the big leagues, having appeared in just one game above A-ball, but throws left-handed and has a 2.75 ERA over the last three seasons with Wisconsin and Brevard County. He likely earned a spot on the 40-man with a nice run in the Arizona Fall League, where he allowed three runs on eight hits over 13 2/3 innings (a 1.98 ERA) and struck out 14 batters.
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