OF Michael Ratterree has yet to play a full season as a professional, but he has already shown that he has the potential to be a top prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers‘ organization.
Ratterree’s potential was on full display in the Brewers’ Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals. After entering the game as a pinch hitter, Ratterree hit a solo home run to center field in his only at-bat of the game. It was only Ratterree’s fifth plate appearance and his only hit of Spring Training, but the home run showed the potential that Ratterree has.
Ratteree has been making noise in the minors ever since he was drafted in the 10th round last June. He played short-season ball with the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League, where he was named MVP. Ratterree played in 65 games for Helena last summer and hit .314 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs. Over half of Ratterree’s hits were for extra bases and he posted an on-base percentage of .391.
Ratterree should be a name to watch in the Brewers’ organization in the years to come. On top of being named the Pioneer League MVP, Baseball America listed Ratterree as the best hitter for average in the Brewers’ organization.
The Brewers are set in the outfield this season, but there could be some open spots within the next few years that Ratterree could contend for. Khris Davis emerged as a young talent in the outfield for the Brewers last season, and Ratterree could follow in his show in a couple seasons.
There is no reason for the Brewers to rush Ratterree along, so expect them to allow him to get regular at-bats in the minors for the time being. The Brewers have been very cautious with first-base prospect Hunter Morris, and I would expect that they do the same with Ratterree.