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Take 2: Brewers reunite with RHP

July 29, 2019 - 3:06 pm
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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are off on the diamond, Monday. In the front office? Not so much. David Stearns took his first step into the MLB trade deadline frenzy, brining in a familiar face...or arm, rather...to help patch together his injury-riddled pitching staff.

Lyles, acquired by the Brewers off waivers after last year's MLB trade deadline, has spent the 2019 season with the N.L. Central rival Pirates. For Pittsburgh, he appeared in 17 games -- all starts -- and posted a 5.36 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with 90 strikeouts to just 33 walks in 82.1 innings pitched. His 2019 campaign has been a tale of two pitchers, Stearns likely hoping to unlock the version of Lyles that ended last season with the Crew and started this season with the Bucs.

He worked exclusively as a reliever for the Brewers in 2018 and delivered 22 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. 

Ponce, drafted by the Brewers with the 55th overall pick in 2015, has never pitched above the Double-A level. At 25 years old, the right hander has begun a transition from starter to reliever this season. In 27 games -- all in relief -- he worked a 3.29 ERA with 44 strikeouts and just 12 walks.

Ponce was not among the Brewers' Top 30 prospects when the trade was announced, leaving a fair amount of prospect capital for the Brewers to continue pursue major-league talent before the July 31 trade deadline. 

The team placed No. 21 prospect Marcos Diplan (another pitcher) on waivers to clear a 40-man roster spot for Lyles, according to The FAN's baseball insider Adam McCalvy.