The Brewers continued to trim their roster as they prepare for Opening Day and they sent four players across the way to minor league camp on Friday, including outfielders Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips and Ryan Cordell and pitcher Forrest Snow.
Brinson, Phillips and Cordell, all members of the Brewers 40-man roster, were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs while Snow, a non-roster invitee was re-assigned to minor league camp.
Brinson, the Brewers top prospect, saw a lot of Cactus League action this spring, and looked solid, hitting .294/.385/.588 with four doubles and two home runs in 14 games for Milwaukee.
Phillips, coming off a bit of a down year in 2016, appeared in 16 games for the Brewers, batting .222. There was some thought that he might return to Biloxi for another year but Milwaukee is opting to test him with a bump to Triple-A.
Cordell, who was acquired from Texas along with Brinson, was a pleasant surprise this spring, hitting .280 with a home run in 17 games while showing the ability to play all three outfield positions.
Snow, a former Seattle Mariners farmhand who signed with the Brewers in the offseason, was impressive in four relief outings. He was unscored upon in 3.2 innings of work, allowing just two hits and striking out four while recording one save.
The moves reduced Milwaukee’s roster to 42 players with 22 pitchers, five catchers, ten infielders and five outfielders remaining in big league camp.