Brewers Designate Thyago Vieira For Assignment, Promote Bradley Blalock

The Brewers announced Monday that the right-hander Thyago Vieira was designated for assignment. His place on the list will go to the right-hander Bradley Blalock, who was called up from Double-A Biloxi for what will be his MLB debut. Milwaukee also selected the outfielder Chris Rouleau to Triple-A Nashville and reinstated fellow outfielder Joey Wiemer from the injured list.

Vieira, 30, is one of the most powerful pitchers in the game, averaging 98 mph on his heater this season and frequently hitting triple digits. However, he was walked in nine of his 16 appearances this season, giving him a 5.64 ERA in 22 1/3 innings. Although Vieira fanned 23.6% of his opponents, he also walked 12.3% of the batters he faced. His penchant for loud contact is even more annoying. Opponents have already hit him six home runs this year, an average of 2.42 round trips per nine frames.

One of five Brazilian-born players in big league history, Vieira had a good run with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball from 2020 to 2022. He has been with the Brewers since returning to the United States and had brief appearances with the Mariners (one inning in 2017) and White Sox (24 2/3 innings from 2018 to 2019) before that. Overall, the flamethrowing right-hander has thrown 51 MLB frames and given up a 6.18 ERA with a 21.2% strikeout rate and 11.6% walk rate. The Brewers will have one week to trade him, attempt to get him on outright waivers or release him.

Blalock, 23, was a 32nd round pick of the Red Sox in 2019 who was traded from Boston to Milwaukee last year. Luis Urias to exchange. The right-hander has elevated his status considerably since that humble draft selection, never more so than in 2024, when he opened the season with seven starts with a 2.27 ERA at the Double-A level. This marks Blalock’s first action above the A-ball. He fanned 20.6% of his opponents below average this year, but posted an excellent 5% walk rate and a ground ball rate of around 43.1% on average.

Entering the 2024 season, Blalock ranked 13th among Milwaukee farmhands on FanGraphs, 17th on and 22nd in Baseball America. The right-hander praises his above-average command, a fastball that sits at 92-96 mph and a handful of average or near-average secondary offerings (slider, split changeup, curveball). Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs compares his potential to that of a Jose Urquidy type of back-end starter who could transition into a long-term relief role on a playoff roster.

The Brewers don’t need a starter in the coming days, but Blalock will be there to give them some length in the event of a small start from the right-hander. Joe Ross Today. It’s also possible that he could join an injury-plagued team in the coming days. Ross is expected to pitch today, with the rookie Robert Gasser on the mound tomorrow and Freddy Peralta to be continued on Wednesday. Milwaukee is off Thursday and then ready to go Bryse Wilson, Colin Réa and Ross again for their upcoming weekend in Boston, where Blalock could potentially face the organization that drafted him.

With Brandon Woodruff, Wade Miley, Jacob Junis And DL room All on the injured list at the moment, the Brewers have patched things up within the starting lineup. Even if he doesn’t fit into the rotation at the moment, it’s possible Blalock could eventually be called upon to start some games later this summer.

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