Ranking the Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

By Michael Terrill

Ranking the Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 10 Prospects Heading Into 2015

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The Milwaukee Brewers’ 2014 season started out great, but unfortunately, it ended with a dud. The good news is there is plenty to look forward to going forward, which includes what Milwaukee has brewing in their minor league system. Here’s a look at a ranking of the Brewers’ top 10 prospects heading into 2015.

10. Hunter Morris, 1B

Hunter Morris, 1B
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10. Hunter Morris, 1B

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Many expected slugger Hunter Morris to be in the majors by now, but unfortunately, it just hasn’t panned out for him. Even though he has awesome power and home run potential, his alarming strikeout rate is one of the big reasons the Brewers have held off on calling him up. Despite solid years in 2012 and 2013, a broken arm limited him to just 11 homers and 45 RBI in 2014. He did take a step up from ’13 with a .275 batting average in ‘14.

9. Jorge Lopez, RHP

Jorge Lopez, RHP
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9. Jorge Lopez, RHP

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Jorge Lopez continues to be unimpressive, which certainly has to frustrate the Brewers. His fastball has plenty of life and his secondary pitches have the potential to shine. Unfortunately, the inconsistency of his pitches have many wondering how he can ever handle a role in the starting rotation, which is what he’s projected to have if he reaches the majors. A 10-10 record with a 4.58 ERA and 119 strikeouts is decent, but the Brew wants better.

8. Kodi Medeiros, LHP

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8. Kodi Medeiros, LHP

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Milwaukee’s 2014 first round draft pick didn’t have a great season as far as numbers are concerned (0-2 record, 7.13 ERA, 26 strikeouts). However, Kodi Medeiros showed great stuff on the mound at times. The good news is he dominated left-handed batters. But, if Milwaukee wants to see him in the starting rotation one day, which is a goal within the organization, he will have to figure out how to get out righties.

7. Victor Roache, OF

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7. Victor Roache, OF

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Like Morris, Victor Roache has tremendous power, but unfortunately, he strikes out at an absurd pace. The fact is 275 strikeouts in 241 career games is an absolutely ridiculous statistic. The big reason for that is because his power comes from strength and not bat speed. If the Brewers can figure out how to limit the strikeouts, they will certainly be happy with an average of 20 home runs per season.

6. Tyler Wagner, RHP

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6. Tyler Wagner, RHP

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Starting pitcher Tyler Wagner established himself as a quality prospect in 2014 after he posted a 13-6 record, 1.86 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 25 starts at Class A-Advanced Brevard County. It was a huge step up from his first two previous seasons in the minors, which certainly has to give the organization confidence that he’s well on his way to being a top-notch prospect.

5. Devin Williams, RHP

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5. Devin Williams, RHP

6. Devin Williams
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Devin Williams has the look to be an outstanding pitcher one day. The only way that day comes is if he puts in the necessary work now. His fastball is great, while his secondary pitches are steadily improving. It’s because of the inconsistency of his pitches that he continues to struggle at times in games. The mechanics are the real issue, and although they have already began to improve, Williams still has a lot of work ahead of him.

4. Taylor Jungmann, RHP

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4. Taylor Jungmann, RHP

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Taylor Jungmann continues to be ranked as a top-five prospect for the Brewers. It took longer than expected for Jungmann to reach Triple-A, but the good news is he pitched rather well after the promotion. Milwaukee still has high expectations for him, but regrettably, it doesn’t appear they will know what they truly have until he reaches the majors. The hope is that could be as soon as Sept. 2015.

3. Clint Coulter, C

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3. Clint Coulter, C

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Catcher Clint Coulter won’t be making an impact for the Brewers anytime soon, especially with Jonathan Lucroy being the next big-named catcher in the big leagues. With that said, Coulter is a dominant offensive player with an unlimited amount of potential. His defense continues to get called into question, but that part of his game will steadily improve in the minors. If anything, he can always play first base.

2. Orlando Arcia, SS

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2. Orlando Arcia, SS

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Orlando Arcia continues to impress with above-average contact, speed and defensive skills. Even though he won’t have the power, he will excel at every other part of the game. It is that reason that the Brewers are very excited to see him get some playing time at the next level. However, he still must hone his skills before he gets called up. A .289 batting average, 50 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 2014 are reasons for encouragement.

1. Tyrone Taylor, OF

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1. Tyrone Taylor, OF

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The No. 1 prospect for the Brewers heading into 2015 is Tyrone Taylor. Even though he is only 20 years old, he has the proven tools to be an effective outfielder at the next level. He’s unbelievably athletic and has great bat speed. The power isn’t where it should be as of right now, but that’s expected to improve over time. The real deal is he appears to have the potential to be a great contact hitter.

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