By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on August 7, 2014
The Milwaukee Brewers have found themselves in the middle of a very successful season so far. Some of the players who are enjoying success while helping out the team win are straight from Milwaukee’s farm system. Even though the farm system is a bit more depleted than the Brewers would like, there is still substantial talent. Here’s a look at five prospects who must produce for the Brewers in the near future.
Catcher Clint Coulter is a talented young prospect who has really stepped up his game in 2014. He’s batting .265 with 17 home runs, 70 RBI and 23 doubles in 350 at-bats in Single-A. The 2012 first-round draft pick still has a ways to go before he reaches the majors, especially since Jonathan Lucroy is playing out of his mind. However, there’s no denying that he’s a very important prospect to the future success of the Brewers.
Jed Bradley is one of two pitchers Milwaukee selected in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. The left-hander has found his way to Double-A in 2014, but unfortunately, his 4.55 ERA is not what the Brewers were looking for. Regardless, Bradley has a solid fastball with a decent slider and changeup that will make him a good middle of the rotation pitcher. On top of that, Milwaukee will need his arm in the near future.
Shortstop Orlando Arcia is about as talented as they come when in reference to defensive infielders. In fact, the belief is he will be a Gold Glove Award winner in the majors. That’s the kind of ridiculous talent that he possesses. Arcia is batting .275 with three home runs, 42 RBI, 23 doubles, five triples and 20 stolen bases in High-A this season. His amazing speed will be utilized greatly in the big leagues.
Milwaukee has been waiting on first baseman Hunter Morris for quite some time. Instead of bringing him up, they have been forced to sign free agents to play the position in the majors. The issue with him isn’t his power so much as it is his strikeouts. He hit 52 home runs the past two seasons, but he also struck out 239 times over that span. If he can get that under control, which needs to happen, Morris will be playing for the Brewers soon.
Starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson was Milwaukee’s top prospect heading into the season. He’s someone who has a lot of potential, and he’s flashed talent in nine appearances (six starts) in the majors. Nelson is the type of prospect who has to pan out for the Brewers, especially since he’s currently in the rotation during a year in which Milwaukee is on pace to win the division.
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