CUAS, JOSE

Position: Pitcher

DOB: June 28, 1994

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 195

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (11th round, 2015)

Profile: Originally selected out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 40th round in 2012, Cuas chose to attend the University of Maryland, where he played for three season before being chosen again, this time by the Brewers, in the 11th round, following his junior season in 2015.  He signed with Milwaukee for a bonus reported to be worth $100,000 by Baseball America, and was assigned to Helena to begin his pro career in the Pioneer League.  The Brewers got aggressive with Cuas the following season, opting to have him skip over Low-A Wisconsin and head straight to High-A Brevard County.  He struggled against the more advanced pitching however, then spent the 2017 season bouncing between Wisconsin and Carolina, but again had trouble at the plate.  With a strong and accurate arm at third base and his issues with the bat, the Brewers made the decision to try out Cuas on the mound, and had him join their instructional league as a pitcher.  Early reports on Cuas were positive, as he was able to keep the ball down in the zone with good angle on his fastball.  How well he can command his fastball and develop his secondary offerings will help to determine how far he can go as a pitcher.

2015:  After signing with Milwaukee following the draft and passing up his senior season at Maryland, Cuas was sent to Helena and made his pro debut there.  He appeared in 68 games and put together good numbers at the plate, batting .260/.319/.430 with 19 doubles, a pair of triples and seven home runs.

2016:  Coming off of an impressive first season, the Brewers chose to have Cuas skip over Low-A Wisconsin and sent him to their Advanced-A affiliate in the Florida State League.  He saw action in 120 games for the Brevard County Manatees, but had contact issues, striking out 144 times as he posted a line of just .170/.263/.240 with four home runs.

2017:  With his struggles a season earlier, Milwaukee opted to have Cuas take a step back and begin the 2017 season at Wisconsin.  Though he hit just .195 with three home runs in his first 54 games with the Timber Rattlers, the Brewers bumped him back to High-A, and he finished out the season with the Carolina Mudcats by hitting .176 with a pair of home runs in 40 games.