Brewers acquire Wisconsin native Owen Miller in trade with Cleveland and nominate former prospect for job

Owen Miller is headed home.

Miller, a graduate of Ozaukee High School in Fredonia just 35 miles north of American Family Field, was acquired Wednesday by the Cleveland Guardians in a trade from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later or cash.

In a corresponding move, Milwaukee designated Mario Feliciano for the job, marking a decline in the organization for the receiver who was once considered one of the team’s top prospects.

Miller, 26, is a versatile infielder who has spent the last two seasons with the Guardians and has hit .231/.283/.338 (average, on base, hits) in 190 games and 674 plate appearances.

Miller, who played travel ball for the local Hitters Academy, attended Illinois State after high school and was initially drafted by San Diego in the third round in 2018. He was traded to Cleveland in 2020 and made his debut in the majors the following season.

Miller developed a reputation during his minor league career for his bat, hitting .305/.368/.450 in 253 games, but has yet to see those numbers translate fully in the majors. He spent time at first, second and third base last year with the Guardians.

Feliciano, 24, opened the year as prospect no. 7 of the Journal Sentinel in the Brewers system and has been rated up to no. 3 in organization by MLB Pipeline in 2020.

He appeared briefly with the Brewers in each of the final two seasons, playing a total of three games, but never developed as much on offense or behind the plate as the team would have hoped for in the higher levels of the minors.

In 109 Class AAA games since 2021, Feliciano has had just a .671 OPS with nine homers and his defense hasn’t gotten enough rave reviews to make up for questions with his bat. He ranked fourth on the Brewers’ depth chart at catcher sor next season behind William Contreras, Victor Caratini and Payton Henry and has one remaining minor league option.

August 14, 2022;  St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  Milwaukee Brewers catcher Mario Feliciano (0) pitches to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Busch Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

August 14, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Milwaukee Brewers catcher Mario Feliciano (0) pitches to first base against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

“Mario did a really great job. We had him here briefly last year and he made a huge impression on our staff,” the Brewers general manager said of Feliciano on Monday after trading for Contreras. “There are these guys at different ages and different levels of development and we feel that it has even more room to develop.

“We have seen flashes of him where he can be really good at and he made a really good impression on our staff last year when he was in the major leagues. We are still happy to have Mario in our mix here, for sure.”

The Brewers are hoping to keep Feliciano in that mix by passing him waivers, but another team is likely asking him to see if he can regain his form at the plate that made him a highly regarded prospect not too long ago.

Miller has two minor league options remaining and is joining a busy in-house mix that includes Rowdy Tellez, Abraham Toro, Luis Urías, Willy Adames, Brice Turang, Keston Hiura and Mike Brosseau.

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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers trades for former DFA top prospect Owen Miller Mario Feliciano

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