Five players who appeared with the Milwaukee Brewers this season but finished the year in the minor leagues have elected to become free agents.
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Of the five, four are pitchers: Michael Blazek, David Goforth, Wily Peralta and Rob Scahil. Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the fifth.
Just because a player files for free agency doesn't mean they can't re-sign with the Brewers, as was the case with Hernan Perez two years ago.
Among the five, Peralta had the biggest fall. He was named Milwaukee's opening-day starter in 2016, but would finish the year with a 4.86 ERA and 1.527 WHIP in 23 starts. He struggled even more this year, compiling a bloated 7.85 ERA in 19 appearances (eight starts) before being sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he pitched out of the bullpen.
Nieuwenhuis played in 125 games last year, but with a crowded outfield in 2017, was relegated most of the season to Triple-A, where he batted .244 in 84 games. He did appear in 16 games with Milwaukee, batting just .115 with 15 strikeouts in 26 at-bats.
While he did well in Colorado Springs (1.40 ERA, 1.091 WHIP), the right-handed Scahill couldn't grab a foothold in the Brewers' bullpen, posting a 4.43 ERA and 1.388 WHIP with just 4.0 K/9 in 18 games and 22 1/3 innings.
Blazek never could repeat his success in 2015 with the Brewers, when he had a 2.43 ERA and 1.042 WHIP in 55 2/3 innings. He allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 8 2/3 innings with Milwaukee in 2017.
Goforth, a seventh-round draft pick by Milwaukee in 2011, pitched just one scoreless inning for the Brewers this season.