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Top Ethan Small News

  • Giants' Ethan Small: Moved to San Francisco

    Small was traded from the Brewers to the Giants on Monday in exchange for cash considerations, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Small put up solid numbers at Triple-A Nashville in 2023, posting a 3.18 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with a 61:24 K:BB across 51 innings, but it didn't translate to the big leagues in what was a small sample size. The southpaw surrendered five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six across four frames. Small will compete for a low-leverage relief role during spring training.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Loses roster spot

    Small was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Thursday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Small was selected in the first round of the 2019 Draft and rose quickly through Milwaukee's minor-league system. However, he's made just four big-league appearances and shifted to a relief role in 2023. Due to his former prospect pedigree, Small could be claimed by a team on waivers.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Back in minors

    The Brewers optioned Small to Triple-A Nashville on Friday.

    One day after recording his first major-league save, Small will head back to Triple-A in favor of Clayton Andrews. Small holds an 8.71 ERA and a 2.61 WHIP through 10.1 big-league innings in his career, though the 26-year-old lefty could still be in a position to compete for a spot in Milwaukee's bullpen during spring training next year.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Secures first career save

    Small gave up two walks and no hits in a scoreless inning, en route to his first career save in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals.

    Small has not traditionally been an option to close games in his limited work so far, however the team was willing to experiment with the rookie in a high-leverage spot given they are likely providing their regulars extra rest in advance of the playoffs. The southpaw made things tight by bringing the tying run to the plate in Masyn Winn after allowing two walks, but managed to close the door and preserve the team shutout. This was Small's first appearance since being recalled on Wednesday. He logged a 3.18 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 51 innings while working as a reliever with Triple-A Nashville.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Called up Wednesday

    Small was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.

    The 26-year-old will take the roster spot of J.B. Bukauskas, who landed on the injured list with a finger injury. Small allowed five earned runs over three frames in his lone big-league appearance of the season back in late May.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Optioned to minors

    The Brewers optioned Small to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.

    Small covered three innings behind starter Freddy Peralta in Friday's loss to the Giants, allowing five runs on nine hits. The lefty's ERA now sits at 15.00, and he was going to be unavailable for a few days after Friday's outing, so it only makes sense that the Brewers would swap him out for a fresh arm. Jake Cousins was recalled in a corresponding move.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Recalled from Triple-A

    Milwaukee recalled Small from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.

    The 26-year-old right-hander will replace Tyson Miller in the Brewers' bullpen ahead of Friday night's game against the visiting Giants. Small has allowed five earned runs in 6.1 innings this season at the MLB level, but he's looked fairly sharp at Triple-A.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Sent to Triple-A camp

    Small was optioned Monday to Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Small was auditioning for a bullpen spot with the Brewers this spring, but he comes up short -- at least to begin the season. The left-hander has shown impressive swing-and-miss stuff but also has had trouble finding the strike zone, and that includes three walks in five innings over four Cactus League appearances. If Small can ever find the command, he has a chance to be a fantasy contributor, but there's as much risk as reward in his profile.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Auditioning for bullpen role

    Manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday that Small is competing for a spot in the Brewers' Opening Day bullpen as a long reliever, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Though Aaron Ashby is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-May due to a shoulder injury, Small isn't being viewed as a candidate to replace him in the rotation, at least not to begin the season. Small was roughed up in his first two big-league starts in 2022 (7.11 ERA, 2.53 WHIP, 7:8 K:BB in 6.1 innings), but Counsell believes the southpaw can find more success working as a multi-inning reliever. Hoby Milner and Justin Wilson are the only other lefty relievers on the 40-man roster at the moment, which could work in Small's favor as he aims to secure a spot in the bullpen.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Wild in return to majors

    Small allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three in 3.2 innings in a 7-6 victory Tuesday against Minnesota. He didn't factor into the decision.

    Small was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start Tuesday's game and struggled in his return to the majors. Byron Buxton welcomed him back by launching a solo shot to lead off the game and the Twins added two more runs in the third. Only 33 of his 63 pitches went for strikes and he has now walked eight batters in 6.1 innings across his two big-league starts. With two off days over the next week, the Brewers might not need Small to make another start any time soon, and he could return to Nashville shortly.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Sent down Wednesday

    Small was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.

    Small returned to the majors to start Tuesday's game against the Twins, and he allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three in 3.2 innings. The Brewers have two scheduled days off approaching, so the Brewers could get by with a four-man rotation in the short term while Small heads back to the minors. Reliever Peter Strzelecki was recalled from Nashville in a corresponding move.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Set for Tuesday's start

    Small will start Tuesday's game against the Twins, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Small is slated to make the second start of his big-league career after a shaky debut earlier in 2022. He's expected to remain in the starting five past Tuesday's outing barring any significant changes to Milwaukee's pitching plans.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Called up, likely to join rotation

    Small was called up from Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

    Small will return to Milwaukee for the first time since making his major-league debut May 30, when he allowed two runs over 2.2 innings against the Cubs. The left-hander owns a 3.34 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 81 strikeouts over 72.2 frames in 15 starts with Nashville. Small is expected to start Tuesday versus the Twins, replacing Jason Alexander as the No. 5 option in the rotation.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Sent down following debut

    Small was optioned to Triple-A Nashville following the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

    Small made his major-league debut as the starter in Monday's matinee, and he allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four in 2.2 innings. While it wouldn't be surprising to see the southpaw claim a more permanent rotation spot at some point this year, he'll head back to Nashville, where he's posted a 1.88 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 38.1 innings over eight starts this year.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Contract officially selected

    Small had his contract selected by the Brewers and will start Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader versus the Cubs.

    Small will make his major-league debut in the day game Monday. He's posted a 1.88 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 49 strikeouts over 38.1 innings with Triple-A Nashville this season and he could stick around as a sixth starter with the Brewers moving forward.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Bound for majors

    The Brewers are planning to select Small's contract from Triple-A Nashville ahead of Monday's doubleheader with the Cubs, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Milwaukee hasn't officially confirmed his call-up or announced their plans for Small, but he's expected to slot into the rotation to start in one half of the series-opening twin bill at Wrigley Field. One of Milwaukee's top pitching prospects, Small dazzled over his eight starts at Nashville this season, logging a 1.88 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 49:21 K:BB across 38.1 innings. Whether he makes any starts beyond Monday will likely hinge on how he performs against the Cubs; if Small excels in his MLB debut, the Brewers could opt to move to a six-man rotation that features the lefty as a replacement for Freddy Peralta (lat), who is without a clear timeline to return from the 15-day injured list.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Promotion confirmed

    Manager Craig Counsell confirmed Small will have his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville to start Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Cubs, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Small has a 1.88 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 49:21 K:BB over 38.1 innings at Nashville this season, and he's now poised to make his major-league debut. The 25-year-old is Milwaukee's top pitching prospect, and he could secure additional opportunities in the rotation with a strong showing Monday. Aaron Ashby is rounding out the Brewers' rotation with Freddy Peralta (lat) on the injured list, but the team has utilized a six-man group at times this season, and Small may be able to remain in the big leagues as the sixth starter.

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  • Brewers' Ethan Small: Goes six innings in return

    Small (illness) struck out three and allowed one run on five hits and no walks over six innings Tuesday in Triple-A Nashville's 6-4 win over Toledo.

    Small missed his last turn through Nashville's rotation after he picked up a non-COVID-19-related illness, but he quickly moved past the ailment. The 25-year-old lefty doesn't have a spot on the 40-man roster, but he's put himself in the conversation for a call-up to Milwaukee if the team requires a spot starter at any point. Through his eight starts at Nashville, Small has compiled a 1.88 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 49:21 K:BB across 38.1 innings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Jackson, TN
Age: 27
School: Mississippi State
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, L