Unlike in years’ past, players who signed MLB contracts for the 2019 season cannot be traded after the July 31st deadline. Waiver trades no longer exist, so the only that MLB players can change hands after that is through the waiver claim process or by being released and signed to new free agent contracts. Those same rules do not extend to non 40-man roster players in the minor leagues, however, and today the Milwaukee Brewers announced a trade for just such a pitcher.
JP Feyereisen is actually a state native, born and raised in River Falls, Wisconsin. He pitched collegiately at UW-Stevens Point before getting selected in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Feyereisen was the final piece of the 2016 trade that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland, and the now 26 year old right-hander has prevented runs at a stellar clip at every one of his minor league stops. That includes the last three years at Triple-A.
No stranger to multi-inning appearances, Feyereisen has worked a total of 307.2 innings across 217 games in the minor leagues. His swing-and-miss stuff has led to plenty of late-inning opportunities, and he’s piled up 33 saves and 109 games finished along the way. On the whole, he owns a 2.49 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9, and despite being a fly-ball pitcher, he’s prevented home runs at a strong rate (0.6 HR/9).