Catching prospect Salome requests change

Catching prospect Salome requests change

MILWAUKEE -- Until the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday night, Angel Salome was in a small group of the Brewers' top catching prospects, his absence this season to deal with emotional issues notwithstanding. All of a sudden, he's in a much larger pool of outfielders.

"Salome has informed the club that he no longer feels he can be a catcher," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "As a result, he is going to stay in [Class A Brevard County] now and transition into the outfield."

That move continues a strange season for Salome, who was in big league Spring Training camp with the Brewers. He started the season at Triple-A Nashville, but traveled home for the birth of a child and didn't return, telling the Brewers later that he needed time off. After counseling and a stint in extended spring camp, he was assigned to Double-A Huntsville and was in the Sounds' starting lineup over the weekend at catcher but declined to play. That's when he was demoted to Brevard County.

The switch to outfield will probably make Salome's ascent to the Major Leagues more difficult. He was Milwaukee's fifth-round Draft pick in 2004.

"If you look at the depth chart in the organization, there are a lot more outfielders on it than catchers," Ash said. "But you cannot force him to play somewhere he's not comfortable playing."