The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Monday that former Rockland Boulder had his contract selected from their alternate training site. Topa will be in uniform as #56 when the Brewers host the Detroit Tigers tonight.
A native of Binghamton, New York, Topa was a 17th round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Long Island University-Brooklyn. Topa spent four seasons with the Pirates’ organization before signing with the Boulders. He spent the entire 2017 season in Rockland and returned for 2018 before being signed by the Texas Rangers and assigned to their Double-A affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders. Topa signed with Milwaukee for the 2019 season, in which he posted a 3.38 ERA over 40 appearances for the Carolina Mudcats and Biloxi Shuckers.
Topa will be making his MLB debut with the Brewers. He did appear in three MLB spring training games for Milwaukee this March.
The right-hander burst onto the scene in Rockland with a 14-3 record to go along with a 3.50 ERA in 2017, setting down 80 batters on strikes in 110 2/3 innings. Topa led the Can-Am in wins and participated in the American Association/Can-Am League All-Star Game. After splitting his first decisions in 2018, he signed with the Texas Rangers.
Justin is the second Boulders player to make it to MLB, following in the footsteps of Stephen Cardullo, who was called up to The Show by the Colorado Rockies in 2016!