The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that a few of the organization’s top prospects have been invited to spring training. With that being said, which of the Brewers’ prospects have a shot at making the 2013 MLB active roster?
First baseman Hunter Morris, right-handed pitcher Taylor Jungmann and left-hander Jed Bradley all received non-roster invites by the Brewers. These three players are considered to be on Milwaukee’s list of their top 10 prospects. It will be exciting to see them take advantage of the opportunity and possibly show the coaching staff enough to allow them a spot on the 25-man roster once Opening Day rolls around.
I ranked Morris No. 5 on my Brewers Top 10 Prospects for the 2013 MLB Season. The 24-year-old was named the 2012 Southern League MVP after he batted .303 with 28 home runs, 113 RBIs, 40 doubles and six triples at Double-A. If he can improve his discipline at the plate then he certainly has a bright future in Milwaukee, especially since the Brewers will most likely need a first baseman in the near future.
Jungmann is ranked No. 3 on my top 10 list and has a load of potential. The 22-year-old was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy in 2011 for being the best collegiate baseball player and was selected 12th overall in that year’s draft by the Brewers. Jungmann went 11-6 with a 3.53 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 26 starts for High-A Brevard County. A little more preparation in the minors and he will be ready to take the leap into the majors, but do not expect it to be at the start of the 2013 season.
Bradley just made the cut at No. 10 on my top 10 list. The 22-year-old was drafted 15th overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, three spots after Jungmann. The inability to control his pitches was a big reason why his numbers were not flashy in High-A, but there is still plenty of potential to give the Brewers hope for the future.
I do not believe any of these three players will make the 2013 active roster, but that does not mean they cannot make a name for themselves in the eyes of the coaches. If an injury were to happen to one of the expected starters or one of these three men played lights out in Arizona, who knows what could happen.
As far as the Brewers’ prospects that have a better chance of making the cut, I believe Wily Peralta and Tyler Thornburg will both be on the team in April. Peralta has a legitimate shot at being the fifth man in the starting rotation while Thornburg would be used out of the bullpen. There is still a good chance Thornburg will start the year out in Triple-A, but it would not take long for Milwaukee to call him up.
I also believe outfielder Logan Schafer and second baseman Scooter Gennett will be listed on the active roster as bench players. Both men have played phenomenally in the minors while Schafer has batted .308 with five RBI in 26 at-bats at the professional level.
The Brewers realize they have a truck load of talent in their farm system, which is why they have not made a big splash in free agency this off-season with the exception of signing three relievers to help rebuild the bullpen. Milwaukee will save a lot of money over the next few years if these pitchers and field players can pan out.