Brewers: Recent acquisitions highlight Arizona Fall League assignments


Three of the prospects the Milwaukee Brewers acquired from the Houston Astros in late July in exchange for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers will be headed to the Arizona Fall League in October, according to a report. reported that center fielder Brett Phillips heads the list of Brewers prospects who will play for the Surprise Saguaros this fall, along with left-hander Josh Hader and Right-hander Adrian Houser.

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A pair of right-hander, Jacob Barnes and Damien Magnifico, are also headed to Surprise with infielder Yadiel Rivera and outfielder Michael Reed rounding out the group.

Phillips, now the No. 2 prospect in the Milwaukee organization, has been on the disabled list at Double-A Biloxi since Friday with a bruised thumb. He has hit .250/.361/.413 in 23 games for the Shuckers since the trade, with 14 runs, seven doubles, three triples and six RBI while fanning 30 times in 98 plate appearances.

The 21-year-old was a sixth-round pick by the Astros out of Seminole (Fla.) High School in 2012.

Hader, 21, is 1-3 with a 2.94 ERA and 0.950 WHIP in six starts and 33.2 innings for Biloxi since the deal, striking out 44.

A 19th-round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles out of Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md., in 2012, Hader was traded to Houston at the 2013 non-waiver trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Bud Norris to Baltimore.

Houser has been outstanding at Biloxi, going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.914 WHIP in six starts and 35 innings with 30 strikeouts.

The 22-year-old was selected in the second round by the Astros in the 2011 draft out of Locust Grove (Okla.) High School.

Barnes, 25, has worked as a starter and in relief for the Shuckers this season, going 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.381 WHIP in 30 relief appearances and six starts covering 71.2 innings with 82 strikeouts.

He was a 14th-round pick in 2011 by the Brewers out of Florida Gulf Coast University.

The 24-year-old Magnifico transitioned from the rotation to a closer’s role for Biloxi this season, with a 1.25 ERA and 1.152 WHIP in 39 appearances and 50.1 innings, striking out 35 and notching 17 saves.

Milwaukee selected him in the fifth round in 2012 out of the University of Oklahoma.

Rivera, 23, was promoted to Triple-A Colorado Springs in May before being send back to Biloxi in mid-August. In 46 games for the Shuckers, he is hitting .278/.335/.383 with 21 runs, eight doubles, three triples, a home run and 15 RBI in 181 plate appearances with 29 strikeouts.

For the Sky Sox, he hit .238/.266/.303 in 81 games, with 32 runs, eight doubles, four triples, one homer and 28 RBI and 53 whiffs in 306 plate appearances.

He was a ninth-round pick in 2010 out of Manuela Toro High School in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Reed moved up to Colorado Springs on Aug. 1 and is hitting .238/.345/.376 in 31 games, with 15 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 17 RBI with 27 strikeouts in 119 plate appearances.

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  • At Biloxi, he was at .278/.379/.422 in 93 games, scoring 43 runs with 20 doubles, five triples, five homers and 49 RBI, striking out 80 times in 377 plate appearances.

    He was a fifth-round choice by the Brewers out of Leander (Texas) High School in 2011.

    The six-team circuit opens Oct. 13, with Milwaukee’s prospects teaming up with players from the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees organizations.

    Biloxi manager Carlos Subero will manage the Sagueros. The hitting coach will be Bobby Rose, who is the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers’ Advanced-A affiliate, the High Desert Mavericks, in the California League.

    Carlos Reyes, pitching coach for the Class-A Lexington Legends in the Kansas City organization, and Jose Rosado, pitching coach at the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, the Trendon Thunder, in the Eastern League will serve as the pitching coaches for Surprise.

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