The Milwaukee Brewers announced a bit ago that pitcher Taylor Jungmann has been released in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan. The Brewers needed to make some sort of 40-man roster move to make way for Boone Logan, who was signed today, and this was it.
It’s not known which club Jungmann will be joining in NPB, but whoever gets him will have a pretty spiffy pitcher on their hands. The 28-year-old Jungmann spent most of 2017 season in the minors, posting a 3.06 ERA and 113/56 K/BB ratio in 123.1 innings between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs. While he hasn’t pitched fantastically at the big league level — he holds a 4.54 career ERA in 146.2 innings for Milwaukee and was pummeled in nine games over the past two seasons — he pitched quite well in 21 starts in his rookie season in 2015, suggesting he has some promise.
Now that promise, if it is realized, will be realized in the NPB.
The Royals have acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Nationals, the teams announced Sunday. The Nationals received minor league right-handed reliever Jacob Condra-Bogan in the deal.
Goodwin, 27, was working through his third campaign with the Nationals in 2018. He saw limited playing time in the outfield (mostly due to the trifecta of talent the club already had in Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton, and Juan Soto), and finished the first half of the season with a .200/.321/.354 batting line, three home runs, three stolen bases and a .674 OPS in just 79 plate appearances. The Royals, who appear thin on compelling center field options at the moment, are expected to utilize him on a more frequent basis once he’s added to the active roster.
The 23-year-old Condra-Bogan has yet to break into the majors with any team so far. He got his start in pro ball in 2017 with the independent Washington WildThings of the Frontier League and issued three runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings before signing on with the Royals as a free agent. This season, he pitched to an impressive 2.08 ERA, 0.7 BB/9 and 13.5 SO/9 through 26 innings in Single-A Lexington before getting transferred to High-A Wilmington for a single appearance. The Nationals have not announced where he’ll be assigned for the remainder of 2018.