By Chad Quates @chadquates on April 24, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a very nice start in 2014, currently leading the NL Central by four games over the St. Louis Cardinals. However, despite this immediate success, the Brewers' minor league system is relatively barren, ranking near the bottom of most organizational rankings. Here is a quick peek at the current status of arguably the Brewers' top five prospects down on the farm.
Hellweg possesses a major league arm, but control has been the issue. In his 30 plus innings last season with the Brewers, Hellweg compiled a horrific 26/9 walk to strikeout ratio. In four starts at Triple-A Nashville this year, Hellweg is still struggling with his control. There is still time for the 25-year-old, although it appears Hellweg may be forced to undergo Tommy John surgery, which will end his 2014 season.
Arcia is currently toiling at High A Brevard County, and is hitting a meager .209 in early action. The 19-year-old from Venezuela has a great glove at shortstop, but his skills at the plate are limited at the moment. However, considering his youth, there is time for further development.
Haniger was the first round pick of the Brewers back in 2012, and has now advanced to Double-A Huntsville. He is off to a slow start in terms of batting average, but has displayed power at each level. His potential and athleticism are appealing, and Haniger appears to be trending in the right direction.
The Brewers drafted Taylor in the second round of the 2012 draft, and the 20-year-old has turned some heads with his talent and overall potential. Taylor is beginning the season at High-A Brevard County, but is expected to progress fairly rapidly through the Brewers' system. He projects as an above average defensive center fielder, and should fare well at the plate with a nice combination of speed and deceptive power.
Nelson is considered by most observers to be the Brewers' top prospect, and he is certainly delivering thus far in 2014. In four starts this season at Triple-A Nashville, Nelson has averaged one strikeout per inning while sporting a 1.80 ERA. He made it up to the big club in 2013 for a cup of coffee and looked really good in limited work. Nelson appears to be right on track and should earn another shot sometime this season.
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