The Brewers added to their desk late Monday night, announcing a deal with the Rangers to bring them in Matt Bush. Texas receives the player Marc Mathias And the little league pitcher Antoine Kelly in the deal.
Bush has had a solid season from the Texas Bullpen. The 36-year-old pitcher made the opening day roster and threw 36 2/3 runs during 40 outings, posting a 2.95 afternoon. He fueled nearly 30% of the hitters who experienced an above-average swing hit rate of 12.4% while averaging north of 97 mph on his heater. Busch generates a massive spin on the four-stack fastball and has had solid hits on his break ball.
When he’s healthy, the bush is an attractive hunk. He did parts of five seasons for Texas, posting a 3.34 cumulative ERA across 177 2/3 frames with above-average strike and walk numbers. It was an issue of the right to stay healthy. He only competed in four major league rounds between 2019 and 21, and lost the majority of that stretch to elbow issues – including Tommy John’s surgery in July 2019.
Bush missed a couple of weeks earlier this year with forearm pain, but he’s been doing well for the past few weeks. It would add an efficient and affordable arm to the mix of manager Craig Counsell’s mid-level roles, and it’s more than just a short-range pick-up. While Bush is already in his mid-30s, he is eligible to judge for two seasons after this year. Based on his modest salary of $825,000, he will be a low-cost option in Milwaukee through 2024 if he retains his place on the 40-man list.
In return, Milwaukee sends the utility option and the prospect of promotion to Texas. Matthias, 28, has only made 22 league appearances – six this season. He had a great season with the biggest Brew Crew in Nashville, though, making it to .318/.421/.518 with eight home runs and a whopping 13.4% walk rate in 202 trips to the plate. He split his time between second and third base this year, and he also has some prior experience with corner kicks.
Kelly, 22, was recently named the #7 potential in the Milwaukee system by America baseball. This was partly a reflection of an overall poor minor league system, but Southpaw was a second-round player in 2019. Evaluators have always paid attention to his fastball-slider mix while questioning his control, and that’s evident in his High-A numbers this season. Kelly has a 3.86 ERA through 19 starts, facing over 30% hitters but marching 13.4% of opponents. Rangers will have to add the Illinois native to the 40-player roster at the end of the season or leave him available in Draft Rule 5.
MLB Nerds He was the first to report that the Brewers was acquiring Bosch. Robert Murray from FanSided I first mentioned that the Brewers were trading Mathias with the Rangers, while Ken Rosenthal athlete It was the first with Kelly’s inclusion.
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