When the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Taylor Jungmann with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft, they expected him to quickly rise to stardom. Jungmann had been the best arm in the NCAA while pitching at Texas and was seen as someone who was ready to contribute at the big league instantly.
But that has yet to happen. Jungmann’s minor league career has been mostly considered a disappointment. Overall Jungmann has gone 29-25 with a 4.02 ERA in the minors. While he had a successful start this season and was even promoted from AA Huntsville to AAA Nashville, he has been rocked upon his promotion. Through 12 games (11 starts) in AAA, he has gone 4-5 with a 5.64 ERA. Even more alarming is only five of his last 10 starts have been quality. At Nashville he has continued to battle command issues, averaging four walks for every nine innings pitched.
As he has continued to struggle, he has plummeted in all major prospect rankings. When 2012 began, he was viewed as the the 70th best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America, but now he is no longer near the top-100. At a time he was rated as a top-three Brewers prospect by MLB.com, but recently he has fallen to the club’s eighth best minor leaguer.
While he may never be the ace that he was expected to be, the Brewers need him to step in and produce at the big league level soon. By having devastating sink on his pitches he appears to be a perfect pitcher for hitter friendly Miller Park. Other organizations in the division have been able to bring along their top pitching prospects with ease, and the Brewers need to be able to do that too with players like Jungmann. With questions surrounding the team on whether Yovani Gallardo will be back pitching as a Brewer next season (he has an expensive $13 million team option next year), Jungmann needs to step up his game and deliver.