BREWERS CLAIM BROOKS FROM CUBS

By: Seth Williams | Miller Park Prospects

The Brewers made a move to bolster their pitching depth on Tuesday, claiming right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Brooks, 27, was originally drafted in the ninth round by the Kansas City Royals in 2011. He quickly worked his way through the Royals system and made his MLB debut with Kansas City in May of 2014. He appeared in two big league games in 2014 and two more in 2015, before being traded to Oakland in a deal that shipped Ben Zobrist to the Royals.

The six-foot-four righty went 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA in 11 outings with the A’s, then was traded again prior to the start of the 2016 season. Oakland dealt Brooks to the Cubs in exchange for Chris Coghlan, but injury cost Brooks the majority of the 2016 campaign. He spent this season with Triple-A Iowa, starting 24 games for the Cubs AAA affiliate and going 8-9 with a 6.20 ERA.

Brooks was designated for assignment by Chicago on Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster when the Cubs claimed catcher Rene Rivera from the New York Mets. He will join the Brewers Triple-A squad in Colorado Springs to add another arm to the Sky Sox staff as they make a push toward the playoffs in September.

To make room for Brooks on the 40-man roster, pitcher Paolo Espino was designated for assignment. Espino split time between Milwaukee and Colorado Springs this season, appearing in six games for the Brewers, starting two.