Ranking the Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
Ranking the Milwaukee Brewers' Top 10 Prospects Heading into 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t necessarily known for their outstanding farm system over the past few seasons. They have made an effort to focus on building their minor league system however and those efforts are beginning to really pay off. While you still won’t find the number one prospect in all of baseball on one of their minor league teams’ roster, there are more than one player in the bunch that will make positive impact major leaguers.
It’s not as if there have been zero impact players to come through the Brewers home-grown system. Just as a hole, there have been more mediocre players than future hall-of-famers. The few listed in their top ten however have a future. Some of them will burst onto the scene in 2014 while others already have burst onto the scene this past season for a short stay.
These are the ten prospects that currently make up the best of the best in the Brewers organization. They have quite a few pitchers. Even if only some of them reach full potential in the next few years, the Brewers would be headed towards a much more secure roster solely because of their own system. Here they are. Leave a comment below if you have something to add.
10 – Michael Blazek
Blazek came from the Cardinals organization and has good all around stuff. He projects as one who will one day soon be a good option for a setup man.
9 – Devin Williams
Williams was the first 2013 MLB Draft pick of the Brewers. He only has a few games under his belt at the professional level but he has a ton of potential and a lot of years to develop it.
8 – Victor Roache
It won’t be long before Roache hits the MLB scene in a big way. Chances are good that he will be the future big power option to come along for the Brewers and if things go well enough, that future might be soon.
7 – Hunter Morris
Morris was protected from the Rule 5 draft for a very good reason. He played 134 games in triple-A in 2013 and came away with 23 home runs and 73 RBI. For a team that has needed a power hitting first baseman for a while, Morris might be ready for that job when spring training breaks camp this upcoming season.
6 – Orlando Arcia
Arcia has always had quickness but the quickness and decent overall play in 2013 for him was a very good sign of him having bounced fully back from a broken ankle. He is plenty young enough to still develop at a normal rate of speed.
5 – Nick Delmonico
Delmonico profiles as a decent defensive third baseman with decent tools over at the hot corner. Offensively however, its more than decent tools we are talking about. That, his bat, is what will get him to the big leagues and showing a run-producing, light strikeout stroke for the Brewers.
4 – Tyrone Taylor
Taylor is a decent hitter with great speed and great fielding ability already. It’s very likely that his defense and speed will help him make a strong impact in September very soon.
3 – Johnny Hellweg
Hellweg had a taste of MLB in 2013 and didn’t do too well but also didn’t do too badly. His fastball riding up near the 97 mark is a plus as long as he can add other stuff reliably in next to it. You can’t throw it fast enough for a MLB hitter not to be able to hit it unless other pitches keep him guessing.
2 – Taylor Jungmann
Jungmann’s numbers haven’t necessarily been completely lights out so far but his huge 6’-6” frame suggests that he will be able to learn how to use his downhill angle to his advantage in the majors for a while to come.
1 – Jimmy Nelson
Nelson had a cup of coffee in the bigs last season and fared pretty well overall. His stuff is looking really good at the top baseball level and he could be fighting for a roster spot this spring.