The Brewers promoted prospects Jake Gatewood and David Denson on Monday, sending both infielders to the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Gatewood, the Brewers’ No. 13 prospect returns to the Timber Rattlers after the shortstop was reassigned to Rookie-level Helena on June 12. Denson, Milwaukee’s No. 27 prospect, who made national headlines earlier this month, also heads back to Wisconsin after the Brewers sent him down to the Pioneer League on May 11.
Denson, 20, was hitting .242 with six homers, 25 RBIs, five steals and a .340 on-base percentage in 51 games for the Helena Brewers after batting .195 with a homer and eight RBIs in 24 games with Wisconsin earlier this year.
Gatewood, 19, hit .274 with six homers, 41 RBIs, 23 doubles and a .331 OBP in 54 games at Helena after batting .227 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBIs in 40 games for Wisconsin to start the year. The 6-foot-5 infielder was the Brewers’ Competitive Balance Round A selection in 2014 and hit .203 with 32 RBIs in 50 games last year.
Denson has penned a memorable third professional season after Milwaukee selected him in the 15th round of the 2013 Draft. He started a triple play on July 22, was named the MVP of the first Northwest-Pioneer League All-Star Game on Aug. 4 after hitting a pinch-hit homer and recorded his second two-homer game of the season on Aug. 22. In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 15, he revealed he is gay, making him the the first Minor or Major League Baseball player to publicly do so while still active.
Gatewood, batting .400 with eight RBIs in his last 10 games, has produced a handful of big games this season, going a career-best 4-for-5 on Aug. 15 and homering on consecutive days July 17-18. He missed about two weeks on the disabled list in early May.