Milwaukee Brewers Promote Alcides Escobar, Make More Changes

Tony BettackContributor IAugust 12, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 12:  World Futures All-Star Alcides Escobar of the Milwaukee Brewers throws during the 2009 XM All-Star Futures Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Wednesday, August 12 has proved so far to be a day of change for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The change includes sending J.J. Hardy to the minors, and calling up their top prospect, infielder, Alcides Escobar.

The Brewers didn't stop there. After making those moves, the Brewers continued on with the firing of pitching coach Bill Castro and designating utility man Bill Hall for assignment.

General Manager Doug Melvin is hoping change in his ball club will only benefit them and I think sending down Hardy for Escobar was a very smart move, considering Hardy's dismal numbers.

Just two years removed from the all-star game, Hardy has struggled severely this year, posting just a .229 average with 11 HR and 45 RBI.

Escobar, this year, has played in 2009 All-Star Futures game and the Triple-A All-Star game. This year in Triple-A Nashville, he has put together a .298 average in 109 games. This includes four home runs and 34 runs driven in. To go with those numbers, Escobar has stolen 42 bases and has a .762 OPS.

So Brewer fans, keep your heads up as this season is not yet over. The Brewers may hold just a 55-57 record and be 6.5 games out of the Central standings, but with the upgrade of speed and hitting at shortstop, they still have life and hopes of making it to October.

Just don't give up hope yet, for Escobar is the future, and the future is now.