As expected, the Milwaukee Brewers will recall right-hander Johnny Hellweg from Triple-A Nashville. The move was announced after Monday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates and will become official on Tuesday.
What wasn’t necessarily expected was the recall of first baseman-outfielder Sean Helton and the addition of right-hander Jimmy Nelson—the organization’s top prospect according to MLB.com—to the 40-man roster.
24-year-old Nelson is getting his first taste of the major leagues. He was a second-round pick of the Brewers in 2010 out of the University of Alabama and split this season between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. At Huntsville, Nelson was 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 12 starts over 69 innings, with 72 strikeouts. With Nashville, Nelson went 5-6 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.488 WHIP in 15 starts covering 83.1 innings, while striking out 91 batters.
He was the lone member of the Brewers’ organization selected for the MLB Futures Game in July, pitching for the U.S. team in the game played at New York’s Citi Field on July 14. Nelson worked one scoreless inning for the U.S., walking one.
Nelson is expected to work in relief this September. He has just 13 relief appearances in his minor league career, 12 of them in his first season with short-season Class-A Helena in 2010.
Hellweg will join the starting rotation, although when that will happen isn’t clear yet. The 24-year-old was the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Year after going 12-5 in 23 starts at Nashville with a 3.15 ERA and 1.464 WHIP. He struck out 89 in 125.2 innings. He also won a start at Class-A Wisconsin in July, allowing two runs on five hits in a six-inning stint. That came shortly after he was demoted from the Brewers after a rather unsuccessful stint in late June and early July.
In four appearances, including three starts, Hellweg was 0-3 with a 10.97 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in 10.2 innings, striking out three while walking a whopping 13 hitters.
Halton, 26, made a couple of trips between Nashville and Milwaukee after his initial addition to the 40-man roster on June 27. He hit .218/.271/.309 in 59 plate appearances with a homer and six RBI and the plan is for Halton to play first base against left-handed pitching.
At Nashville, Halton hit .273/.348/.460 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 399 plate appearances and also hit 29 doubles.
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