The Texas Rangers have acquired 30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy and 28-year old righty reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers for 22-year old righty swinging outfielder Lewis Brinson, 20-year old righty starting pitcher Luis Ortiz and a player to be named later.
Lucroy was an All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers this year for the second time in his career. He played in 95 games for the Brewers this year and he was 101 of 338 (.299 avg, .841 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Lucroy has now played in 805 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 806 of 2,838 (.284 avg, .779 OPS) with 346 runs scored, 79 homers, 387 RBIs and 29 stolen bases. Jeffress pitched in 47 games (0 starts) for the Brewers this year and he was 2-2 with 27 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He gave up 45 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his 44 2/3 innings for the Brewers this year. Jeffress has now pitched in 198 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 11-4 with 28 saves, a 2.93 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
Brinson came into this season as the Rangers’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 81 games in Rookie+AA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 75 of 317 (.237 avg, .708 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Ortiz came into this season as the Rangers’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America. Ortiz pitched in 16 games (14 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 4-6 with 1 save, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has given up 70 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 62 batters in his 67 1/3 innings in the minors for the Rangers.
The Rangers continue to be super aggressive at the trade deadline as they filled two big needs here in one deal. The Rangers have not gotten much offensive production from their catchers so far this year, so Lucroy will give them a nice boost there. Sam Dyson will remain the closer for now, but Jeremy Jeffress could replace him if he stumbles.