Brewers make no additions to 40-man roster at deadline, send utility player Mark Mathias to Nashville

Tom Haudricourt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On the deadline day for major-league teams to add minor-leaguers to their 40-man roster to protect them from being taken in the Rule 5 draft in December, the Milwaukee Brewers made no such moves.

In fact, the Brewers subtracted a player from the 40-man roster, leaving them at 35 players.

The top-rated prospects in the Brewers’ system eligible for the first time to be taken in the Rule 5 draft are outfielders Korry Howell, Carlos Rodriguez and Tristan Lutz as well as right-hander Victor Castaneda. Lutz, 23, was the highest draft pick as the 34th overall pick in 2017 in Competitive Balance Round A.

None of those players had advanced far through the system, however. Castaneda, 23, made three appearances for Class AAA Nashville but spent the rest of the season with advanced Class A Wisconsin.

Because teams who select players in the Rule 5 draft must keep them for a full season or offer them back, the Brewers obviously thought none of those prospects was ready for that kind of commitment, and therefore left them unprotected. 

Other eligible players who had advanced into the top levels included pitchers Luke Barker, Zach Brown, J.T. Hintzen and Noah Zavolas, first baseman Weston Wilson, catcher David Fry and two-way players Clayton Andrews (OF/LHP) and Lucas Erceg (3B/1B/RHP).

Last year, the Brewers added three players to their 40-man roster – catcher Mario Feliciano and right-handers Alec Bettinger and Dylan File. They lost no players in the Rule 5 draft.

Earlier in the day, the Brewers subtracted a player from their 40-man roster by assigning utility player Mark Mathias outright to Nashville. Mathias, 27, missed the entire season after suffering a right shoulder injury on a diving play during exhibition season that required surgery to repair.