What's included in the 'significant' return Milwaukee got for Hader
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Brewers pulled off an unexpected move on Monday, Aug. 1 by sending All-Star reliver Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres in exchange for four players. But who is included in the "significant" return for possibly the best closer in the game?
LHP - Taylor Rogers
6'3", 190 lbs
Drafted: 2011, 340th overall
The veteran lefty out of the pen is coming off an All-Star selection in the 2021 season with the Minnesota Twins. Although Taylor Roger's ERA has gone up from 3.35 to 4.35, he's still been able to earn 28 saves which ranks second in all of baseball, only behind Josh Hader. Roger's performance has trailed over the last 15 games, with an ERA sitting at 7.04.
Replacing Hader with just one player is nearly impossible, but Rogers brings in a mix of experience and performance that could match Brewers' President of Baseball Operations David Stearns vision of building towards the future without giving up expectations to win this season.
LHP - Robert Gasser
6'1", 185 lbs
Drafted: 2021, 71st Overall
Robert Gasser was rising on San Diego's prospect list before being dealt to the Brewers. It wasn't long ago he was operating in the upper 80s. Now, Gasser's fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90s with running action. The lefty mixes in a low-80s slider and an above-average changeup that surprised the Padres organization. The changeup wasn't used much during his time as an amateur, but looks to be an effective offering as he furthers his pro career.
His power alone won't overpower batters. However, the command over his pitches allows him to move the ball around the zone.
Gasser, according to mlb.com, is expected to be ready for the majors in 2024 as an effective back-of-the-rotation starter. He's currently ranked as the 8th best prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers.
OF - Esteury Ruiz
6'0", 169 lbs
Drafted: Undrafted, signed in 2015
The 2017 Arizona League MVP is expected to be ready for the big leagues in just one more season. Esteury Ruiz has shown his worth during two-months of play this year in the Texas League before being acquired as part of the Brewers' pipeline. He's shown quick bat speed and raw power on the right side of the plate. However, scouts say poor swing decisions on pitches outside the zone have led to strikeouts or weak contact. After working with trainers, he's cut down on his chase rate, causing his walk rate to nearly double.
Now the 9th best prospect in the organization, his most immediate impact may be seen on the basepaths. His 158 steals from 2016-2021 puts him at sixth in the minors over that stretch. Ruiz's best chance at contributing to the Brewers could be as a utility role player within the next two seasons.
RHP - Dinelson Lamet
6'3", 228 lbs
Drafted: Undrafted, signed in 2012
A top-five NL Cy Young Award finisher in 2020, Dinelson Lamet has since recovered from a UCL sprain and struggled to regain his form. Coming out of the bullpen for the Padres this season, Lamet is posting a 9.49 ERA in 12.1 innings, including two homeruns and nine walks.
Lamet, like Taylor Rogers, hopes to make contributions to the Brewers this season. Staying healthy and his ability to regain anything close to his 2020 performance will be the biggest factors in his ability to help Milwaukee hold onto their first place standing in the NL Central Division.