Originally posted on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 7/11/12
After optioning Taylor Green to AAA on Sunday, the Brewers made a corresponding move today, calling up shortstop Jeff Bianchi from Nashville. Bianchi has split time between Huntsville and Nasvhille this year, hitting .319/.372/.378 in 70 total at-bats. Bianchi has a pretty interesting backstory: He was a 2nd round pick out of high school in 2005, and started out as a well-regarded prospect (Baseball America ranked him as the 4th-best prospect in the Arizona League and the 5th-best prospect in the Royals’ system in 2006). However, his ascent of the minor-league ladder was derailed by arm injuries, including shoulder surgery in 2006 and a Tommy John procedure in 2010. Bianchi hit reasonably well when he was healthy, but the time he missed left him behind the standard development curve – when the Brewers claimed him off waivers in the 2011-2012 offseason, he was 25 and hadn’t yet reached AAA. However, he’s in the majors now, thanks to solid work in the minors and an almost unprecedent...
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