By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 14, 2014
For a minor league system that was supposed to provide little excitement, Milwaukee Brewers prospects have exceeded expectations. Not only has top prospect Jimmy Nelson been promoted to Milwaukee, but a strong draft class has helped beef up a strong core of players. Here is a look on the progress of their five best prospects.
After struggling during his first full minor league season in 2013, Coulter has discovered his power stroke that made him a first-round draft pick in 2012. In his first 106 games this season, Coulter has a .907 OPS while hammering 19 home runs (which ranks second in the Midwest League). His strong bat helps him to project as an plus major league catcher.
With more seasoned pitchers available, the Brewers gambled by taking high-schooler Kodi Medeiros from Hawaii. Although some believe that he is destined for a career in the bullpen, the club has faith that he can be a strong major league starter. In 14 innings of work, he has struck out 19 batters and posted a 3.81 ERA in Rookie League. His best start came on Aug. 11 when he went five innings, allowing zero earned runs and struck out seven.
While Jean Segura can do special things on the field, Orlando Arcia is making a name for himself in Brevard County. Once viewed as an above average defender and below average hitter, Arcia is improving each year at the plate. Even though he just turned 20, he is in the mist of his third full minor league season. Currently he is batting .282 through 107 games with a .724 OPS. He also has shown speed by stealing 23 bases.
The Brewers feel that they got a steal by taking Jacob Gatewood with their second pick in the 2014 draft. Entering the draft Gatewood was one of the premier high school sluggers. He displayed his power in 2013 when he won home run derbies at both Citi and Wrigley Field. Through his first 38 games, Gatewood has two home runs and 21 RBIs. Although he was drafted as a shortstop, his imposing size could eventually lead to a permanent move to third.
Tyrone Taylor is a player who can do it all. He has a strong bat and outstanding speed which should help him to be an above average major league center fielder. This season he became the first Manatee to hit for the cycle, going 5-for-5 against Clearwater. Through 114 games Taylor is batting .277 with 59 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. At just 20 years old, he has plenty of room to grow.
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