Major League Baseball offseason also means that it is top prospect list season, as all the well-known publications update their minor league scout reports and re-evaluate the farm systems throughout the league. Baseball America recently released its updated top 10 prospect list for the Milwaukee Brewers, and according to Ben Badler“The infusion of talent combined with signings over the last two years is likely to lift Milwaukee out of the basement this year.”
Milwaukee’s group has a lot of upside, but there is still a significant risk throughout the farm. Five of the team’s top 10 potential customers have yet to show up at the full season level, and another – left-hander Antoine Kelly – hit just one inning for Class A in Wisconsin in 2019. Only one of the top 10 potential, catcher Mario Feliciano, is on the 40-man list. Most of Milwaukee’s potential impact potentials are still many years away from reaching the big ones, but if it’s a normal minor league season in 2021 and some of these players can take a step forward, there could be plenty of breakout potential throughout the system.
Here are the top 10 prospects for the Milwaukee Brewers entering 2021, according to Baseball America:
SS Brice Turang (Age 21)
Turang reported to Milwaukee’s alternative training ground during the 2020 pandemic campaign, “where he was Brewers’ best hitter and started driving the ball with more impact” according to BA. “Turang did a better job of driving the ball with more authority in Appleton. The Brewers held an internal “barrel” board of hitters with exit speeds of 95 mph or better at the alternate location, and Turang was consistently among the leaders throughout the summer. Turang did not change the turn, but he added strength and adjusted the approach in favorable counts to drive the ball for more damage. Turang was named the organization’s best hitter for average and best strike zone discipline.
2. OF Garrett Mitchell (Age 22)
Milwaukee’s first round pick during the abbreviated MLB draft of 2020, Mitchell is a “physical, explosive athlete” with 80-degree speed. BA describes the turn as “choppy” and aimed at line drives, but he shows more power in the batting exercise, although his approach has prevented him from getting to it in play. Mitchell debuted under instructions, although a strained quad limited what he was able to do there. “Mitchell may be a polarizing player,” BA writes, “but if he can translate his power into play, he has all-star up.” He claimed the titles as fastest baserunner, best athlete and best defensive outfielder in the organization.
3. AV Hedbert Perez (Age 17)
The youngest member of Milwaukee’s alternative training group this summer, Perez “may soon be the top prospect in the organization”, according to BA, although he has not yet played any minor league games. All his tools project to be above average to plus, and “[h]e is also a fluent English speaker whose maturity and charismatic personality make him fond of teammates and coaches. ”
LHP Antoine Kelly (Age 21)
Thought to be a high-up project when he was drafted by junior college, Kelly “took a leap in 2020 and has the attributes to develop into a mid-rotation or better start.” He is described as “the most electric pitcher at the team’s alternative training ground” in 2020 and has added speed and seen his secondary courses improve. “His slider is a plus pitch that misses bats, and when his hookup is on, it flashes at least on average. Kelly strikes with all three lanes, although he needs to tighten the fastball command. BA believes 2021 could be a breakout season for southpaw. He was awarded the “best slider” in the system.
5. LHP Ethan Small (Age 23)
Where Kelly wows scouts with his stuff, Small impresses with his polishing and pitching from the left. He spent 2020 at the alternative training ground in Appleton. Small’s fastball is as average and his chanegup as above, but the slider and basket ball are both seen as fringe offers. His stuff plays up due to plus control, and “his pitching feel is so good he probably won’t be tested until he gets to Double-A.” Small projects like a back-end start, but should be ready to contribute before too long. He received recognition for “best upgrade” in the organization.
6. SS Freddy Zamora (Age 22)
Zamora tore his ACL before the collegiate baseball season 2020 (or at least what was played by it), and made him miss the entire junior year, as well as a chance to attend training camp after the Brewers selected him in the second round of this summer’s draft . He should be ready to take the field again next spring, and BA writes that “[w]When he was healthy, he showed the potential for a potential steady, everyday player who can stick to card stops. “He was also named the organization’s best defensive infielder.
C Mario Feliciano (Age 22)
The only top-10 prospect currently on the 40-man list, Feliciano, was the Carolina League MVP in 2019 and then performed as “Brewers’ most consistent offensive athlete” at the alternative training ground in the summer of 2020. to a powerful, everyday catch, but only if he can master his aggressive approach and keep the strikes manageable. ”He should be able to stay behind the plate and was honored as the supreme power hitter in the organization.
8. LHP Aaron Ashby (Age 22)
Ashby won orgas this year’s minor league pitchers in 2019, and although he reportedly struggled at the alternative training ground this summer, BA says that “he was the team’s best pitcher during the instructional league this fall.” His speed improved in 2020, and he “did a better job of throwing strikes at instructions”, with BA giving him the upside of a back-end starter or potentially a high-leverage relief. He was ranked as the best basket ball among Milwaukee’s farm hands.
C Zavier Warren (Age 21)
Another election in 2020, Warren played mostly infield in college, but was a backstop in high school and got a job behind the plate in the independent United Shore Professional Baseball League after being drafted. The switch hitter reportedly had good results on disc during instructions and has a solid track record of getting to base with a “hit-over-power profile.” He has experienced all over the field and can provide value as a utility player if he fails to stay behind the plate.
C Jeferson Quero (Age 18)
Another player who has not yet officially made his professional debut, Quero reportedly impressed offensively and defensively in the instructional league and “has the tools to develop into a plus defensive catch.” He has been praised for his make-up and management on the pitch, as well as “a good approach for his age with an ability to make hard contact and drive the ball well to the opposite field.” Quero is confirmed as another breakout candidate in 2021.
Other notable players recognized by Baseball America were Drew Rasmussen as the best fastball in the organization, Dylan File as the top pitcher, Payton Henry as the best defensive catcher, Eduardo Garcia with the best infield arm, and 2020 draftee Joey Wiemer with the best outfield arm.