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Sean Halton was about to enjoy a rare day off at the mall in Nashville with teammates when his phone rang.
It was an off-day he was really looking forward to after a long road trip with stops in Iowa and New Orleans.
There weren't many things Halton would give up his off-day for, but he had no problem giving up his first day off in 20 days to head to the major leagues for the first time in his career.
"Happily (would give it up), yeah," Halton said. "I would have taken a Greyhound to get up here. It was a dream come true, and I'm really looking forward to it."
It was a promotion neither side likely saw coming at the beginning of the season. The Brewers were set in the corner outfield, and Halton wasn't the first option sitting at Triple-A. Khris Davis and Josh Prince both found playing time hard to come by in Milwaukee with an established starting outfield and were eventually sent back to Nashville.
Recently, Caleb Gindl got the call over Halton, as he continued to patiently waited his turn. Halton, a first baseman by trade, has been blocked from playing his natural position in Triple-A by top prospect Hunter Morris. He's adapted by learning both corner outfield spots this season, something that proved valuable when the Brewers needed to dip down to the minor leagues again.
With Ryan Braun still out, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was forced to decide between two left-handed hitters in Gindl and Logan Schafer to play left field every day. Wanting some more flexibility and another option at first base with Corey Hart out for the season, the 26-year-old Halton finally got the call.
"I liked what I saw in spring training," Roenicke said. "He's been doing a great job swinging the bat, playing the corners in the outfield and first base. He's been (Nashville's) best hitter as of late."
Milwaukee's 13th round pick out of Lewis-Clark State College in 2009, Halton is a career .294 hitter in the minor leagues with 49 career home runs and 290 RBI. Last season in Triple-A, Halton hit a career-high 17 home runs to go along with a .274 batting average.
Halton started this season slow, hitting .264 in April with just one home run and batting just .211 in May. A promotion to the big leagues seemed far off at the time, but Halton went to work with Sounds hitting coach Bob Skube.
Results came in June as Halton was hitting .378 with four home runs and 15 RBI for the month when he was called up to the big leagues.
"We had a lot of moves," Halton said of this season in Triple-A. "It was like playing for a good junior varsity team almost. All of your good players get taken. It's been tough to stay consistent and keep a good clubhouse down there, but they do a great job. I've just been trying to push through."
In the early going of his time with the Brewers, Halton has performed well at the plate. He collected his first major league hit in his first at-bat, a pinch-hit single off Cubs right-hander and fellow Fresno, Calif., native Matt Garza.
Halton got his first start Saturday in Pittsburgh, going 1-for-4 at the plate. He got the call again Monday against a right-handed starting pitcher, raising his average to .400 by going 2-for-4 with a double in Milwaukee's 10-5 loss to the Nationals.
Though the Brewers have received very little offensive production from first base, Halton likely wouldn't be here if he didn't commit to becoming an outfielder. At this point in his career, Halton could have seen Morris' promotion to Triple-A as writing on the wall, but he instead made himself a more valuable piece in Milwaukee's organization.
With Schafer hitting just .207 and Braun out for at least a few more weeks, Halton could find himself in the lineup more often than not if he can find a way to be productive at the plate.
"Whatever they ask me to do, I'm prepared to do," Halton said. "(I can) play outfield, play first base, be a threat on the base paths, whatever they need.
"It's one of those things you look forward to your whole life. Sometimes people are fortunate for that to happen. Thankfully, I'm here today. I couldn't be more happy about it."
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