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Barbe alumnus Josh Prince. (Rick Hickman / American Press)<br>

Barbe alumnus Josh Prince. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Brewers call Prince up to big leagues

Last Modified: Saturday, April 06, 2013 6:09 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

It didn’t take long for Josh Prince to get the call.

It took even less time for him to call others.

Late Friday night Prince, a Barbe High graduate, was called up to the major leagues. He was on the field Saturday night for Milwaukee’s home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the crowd was a host of family and friends, including his high school coach Glenn Cecchini.

“This is very exciting for him and us,” said Cecchini, who has two sons of his own playing in the minor leagues. “It’s great to be a part of it. We are all very happy for him.”

Prince was called up from Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League to replace injured third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who was hurt in the Brewers’ loss Friday. Ramirez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injured knee.

That gives Prince, 25, a chance to show the Brewers just what he can do over the next few days. It also fulfills his lifelong hope.

“That is the phone call I am dreaming of,” Prince told the American Press in February when he learned he had been promoted to the Brewers’ 40-man roster and was a step away from making the major leagues.

“It is what you play for, to get the chance and play in the majors. You dream of it way back to Little League.”

According to the Barbe baseball home page, Prince is the third Cecchini player to make it to the major leagues, joining shortstop Joe Lawrence and pitcher Wade LeBlanc, now with the Florida Marlins.

Prince made a name for himself in the Brewers’ organization during last year’s Arizona Fall League. He became more valuable to club by moving to the outfield after playing mostly at shortstop.

In his two games at Nashville this year Prince was 1-for-7 with an RBI.

During his 25 games in Arizona, Prince hit .404, good for second-best in the league. His 36 hits were tops while tying for the lead in runs scored with 23.

He also improved his base stealing ability, swiping 10 bags in 14 tries.

“His versatility is going to be his calling card to get to the big leagues,” Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin told MLB.com.

Last summer in Double-A Huntsville, Ala., Prince hit .251. After that and the fall, Prince believed he was ready for his big chance.

“I feel like I am close,” Prince said before leaving for spring training. “I am ready to get to camp and show again what I can do.”

Now the Brewers will find out first hand what he can do.

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