Apr 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Wei-Chung Wang (51) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers assign 8 prospects to Arizona Fall League

The Milwaukee Brewers have selected eight prospects to play in the Arizona Fall League in October and November.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers have chosen four pitchers, two infielders, an outfielder and a catcher.

Among those selected is the organization’s top-rated prospect according to MLB.com, outfielder Tyrone Taylor.

Taylor, 20, has spent this season at High-A Brevard County, hitting .275/.327/.396 in 127 games with 67 runs, 36 doubles, six home runs, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Taylor was a second-round pick of the Brewers in 2012 out of Torrance (Calif.) High School.

One of Taylor’s teammates at Brevard, right-hander Tyler Wagner, is the organization’s 14th-ranked prospect. Wagner is 13-6 with a 1.91 ERA and 1.123 ERA in 24 starts for the Manatees this season, with 118 strikeouts in 146 innings. The 23-year-old was taken in the fourth round in 2012 out of the University of Utah.

Right-hander Ariel Pena, 25, is the Brewers’ 20th-rated prospect on MLB.com’s list. He has pitched this season at Triple-A Nashville, where he is 9-8 with a 4.56 ERA and 1.332 WHIP in 24 starts and one relief appearance covering 128.1 innings. He has struck out 140.

Pena was acquired by Milwaukee in July 2012 along with shortstop Jean Segura and right-hander Johnny Hellweg from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-hander Zack Greinke.

Right-hander Brooks Hall, 24, started the season at Double-A Huntsville, but hasn’t pitched since April 25 because of irritation in his right elbow. Hall was 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.192 WHIP in five starts and 26 innings, with 16 strikeouts.

He was taken in the fourth round by the Brewers in 2009 out of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C.

Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang spent some time with the major-league club before going on the disabled list in July with shoulder tightness. The 22-year-old from Taiwan had a 11.12 ERA and 2.235 WHIP in 13 relief appearances and 17 innings for the Brewers, who had to keep him on the 25-man roster or risk losing him back to the Pittsburgh Pirates under Rule 5 draft regulations.

Shortstop Hector Gomez, 26, has hit .280/.321/.486 in 118 games for Nashville, with 57 runs, 25 doubles, six triples, 15 home runs and 48 RBI. Gomez was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in June 2012 and he played in two games for the Rockies in 2011.

First baseman Nick Ramirez, 25, has played at Huntsville this season, where he has hit .235/.315/.421 in 127 games. The left-handed hitter has 69 runs, 21 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 82 RBI to go with 142 strikeouts. He was a fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Cal State Fullerton.

Catcher Shawn Zarraga, 25, started the year at Nashville before being sent back to Huntsville after struggling at the plate. Zarraga hit .213/.304/.255 in 17 games in Triple-A, but has hit .340/.445/.432 in 72 games at Double-A, with 32 runs, 16 doubles, a homer and 30 RBI. Zarraga was a 44th-round pick by the Brewers in 2007 out of Trinity Christian Academy in Lake Worth, Fla.

Zarraga is designated as a taxi squad player, meaning he will only be active on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the AFL.

The Brewers farmhands will play with the Glendale Desert Dogs along with prospects from the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lance Parrish, who manages Detroit’s Double-A Erie affiliate, will manage the Desert Dogs. Huntsville pitching coach Chris Hook will serve as the pitching coach for Glendale.

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Tags: Ariel Pena Brooks Hall Hector Gomez Milwaukee Brewers Nick Ramirez Shawn Zarraga Tyler Wagner Tyrone Taylor Wei-Chung Wang

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