Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Top-25 Prospects
The Milwaukee Brewers should be among the best teams in the National League for the foreseeable future. Despite the MLB roster strength, the Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects list won’t put this system in the top half in baseball today. But they’ve shown over time that they can develop impact big leaguers while trading prospects to assemble a winning MLB team. The Brewers system landed a big name like CC Sabathia during the memorable 2008 season, which produced the Brewers’ first playoff birth in 26 years. It’s a system that landed near 2018 MVP Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins, who has since become one of the game’s premier stars. The list below has a blend of MLB regulars with some high-risk, high-reward talents sprinkled throughout these ranks.
Minor League Affiliates
Double-A: Biloxi – Southern League
Single-A (Advanced): Carolina – Carolina League
Single-A (Full): Wisconsin – Midwest League
Short-season Single-A: None
Rookie: Colorado Springs – Pioneer League, teams in Dominican Summer League and Arizona League.
All other team top-25 prospect rankings can be found here.
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New Top-25 Milwaukee Brewers Prospects
1. Brice Turang, SS, Bats: L, Age: 20, ETA 2021
2019 Stats (A, A+): .256/.367/.340/.707, 19 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 30/35 SB, 14.7 BB%, 17.9 K%, 473 AB
We start off the Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects list with the 21st overall selection in the 2018 draft. Turang is a left-handed hitter that emphasizes hard line drive contact. He is adept at getting on base and he uses his above-average speed effectively. Turang is a steady, sure-handed SS who should stick there long term. His contact favors an opposite-field to up the middle profile. For him to make the greatest fantasy impact, he’ll need to up his pull side contact rate to take advantage of the lefty haven in Miller Park. He reminds me of Jed Lowrie mechanically from the left side, and ultimately I think he could be a similar type of fantasy player from a power and triple-slash standpoint. Turang will add around 20 SB on top of around 10-15 HR per season with a substantial boost in OBP formats, making him about a 20-25 ranked fantasy SS at peak.
2. Eduardo Garcia, SS, Bats: R, Age: 17, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): .313/.450/.469/.919, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1/2 SB, 15.0 BB%, 22.5 K%, 32 AB
On the surface, Garcia is really far away because he’s so young. But the shortstop is 6’2″ already and brings both tremendous defensive value and an exciting offensive foundation that could help him be pushed aggressively. There are good signs of hit tool mixed with an ability to lift the ball (43.5%) to the pull side (65.2%). With a good ability to get on base, this is the type of prospect you’ll want to get in on the ground floor before he comes stateside.
3. Tristen Lutz, OF, Bats: R, Age: 21, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A+): .255/.335/.419/.754, 24 2B, 3 3B, 13 HR, 3/5 SB, 9.6 BB%, 28.7 K%, 420 AB
Lutz had a fair amount of dynasty buzz after being drafted in 2017 but hasn’t really had the big breakout that many had envisioned to this point. He brings intrigue to the table with plus power and average speed. Lutz shows pull side power and an ability to put the ball in the air. Running hasn’t been a big part of his game but he could chip some SB especially early in his career. Lutz has good athleticism defensively and enough arm to hold down RF. Lutz’s hit tool will ultimately carry him to access his power ceiling, so he’s one to watch to see how he progresses against more advanced minors pitching.
4. Ethan Small, LHP, Age: 23, ETA 2021
2019 Stats (RK, A): 21 IP, 0.86 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 1.7 BB/9, 15.4 K/9
The Brewers did very well taking Ethan Small with the 28th overall selection in the 2019 draft. Small is a strike-thrower who can command three average to above-average offerings in the fastball, curveball, and changeup. The advanced college arm tore through two minor league stops with relative ease during his professional debut. Even though he lacks premium velocity, Small can miss bats and not create his own traffic with free passes. Small’s potential to put up a lower WHIP could push him up in the large group of fantasy SP3 types.
5. Hedbert Perez, Bats: L, Age: 17, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): Did Not Play
While the top of this Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects list doesn’t boast a significant amount of ceiling, Hedbert Perez sure brings that. He leads a very talented crop of J2 talent infused in this system over the past year. Perez profiles as an advanced hitter with good raw power and a hit tool that should allow him to produce. Perez’s debut should be fun to watch and he could be ticketed for a meteoric rise over the next year in dynasty rankings.
6. Luis Medina, Bats: L, Age: 17, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): Did Not Play
Like Hedbert Perez, Medina is a highly anticipated international signing for the Brew Crew. Medina has the ideal 6’2″ frame to project top-notch power potential. He’s likely a corner outfielder at his peak who could wind up as an all category producer. With a sky-high ceiling, Medina should be neck in neck with Perez in making their way to the top spots in this system in the not too distant future.
7. Aaron Ashby, LHP, Age: 21, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A, A+): 126 IP, 3.50 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9, 9.6 K/9
Ashby was named the Brewer’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019. He excelled across two levels as a pitcher with impressive stuff. Ashby has two breaking balls with a slower curve and a serious putaway slider which he’ll bury backfoot inside against righty hitters. His changeup gives him a third above average pitch with the fastball. Ashby has enough of a deep arsenal on any given day to purely dominate, or have fall back options if he gets into trouble. If Ashby’s control can take a step forward in the high minors, he’s a good bet to stick in the rotation and put up good strikeout numbers along with it.
8. Mario Feliciano, C, Bats: R, Age: 21, ETA 2022
2019 Stats (A+, AA): .270/.323/.473/.796, 25 2B, 5 3B, 19 HR, 2/3 SB, 5.8 BB%, 28.8 K%, 452 AB
The 2019 Carolina League MVP leads a good core of catching prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects. Feliciano put up a stellar .205 ISO to earn a 3 G cameo in AA at season’s end. The young catcher could find himself among the next wave of top catching prospects for dynasty with his hit and all-fields power potential.
9. Antoine Kelly, LHP, Age: 20, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (A, A+): 31.2 IP, 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 12.8 K/9
Kelly exhibits a model foundation for constructing a lefty starter: a 6’6″ frame with further projection, and a big fastball that can reach the high 90’s. Kelly has a blossoming slider that could end up being a weapon against hitters on both sides of the plate. Mechanically, Kelly strides towards the lefty batters box which makes him throw across his body. It’ll help his slider play off his fastball and make him especially tough on lefty hitters. He has a lively arm and if his changeup comes along he can end up being a very desirable pitching prospect with considerable upside.
10. Corey Ray, Bats: L, Age: 25, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (RK, AA, AAA): .218/.291/.363/.654, 14 2B, 0 3B, 8 HR, 6/9 SB, 9.2 BB%, 36.3 K%, 262 AB
Corey Ray busted out big time in 2018 with a 27 HR, 37 SB season at AA. Injuries have been too frequent for the talented prospect, as the 69 G in 2019 prevented him from logging back to back strong seasons. Ray has a tantalizing power-speed combination but shows why the development of the hit tool is so important. Ray’s all-around athleticism makes him at least a solid 4th OF with the ability to play all 3 OF positions. Now 25, the clock is ticking on Ray to flip the script and project as a starter.
11. Zack Brown, RHP, Age: 25, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AAA): 116.2 IP, 5.79 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 7.6 K/9
The (insert Zac Brown Band pun here) “Homegrown” pitcher had a tale of two seasons between 2018 and 2019. Brown was simply dominant at Double-A in 2018 but couldn’t regain the same form at Triple-A in 2019. Though he’s great at producing groundballs (52.8%), Brown credits the struggles at Triple-A to not being able to find the feel on his curveball. Adjusting to lower seams of the “juiced ball” at Triple-A, he tweaked his breaking ball into more of a power slider. However, Brown showed improved command of the pitch and delivered 6 effective IP with 7 K and a 1.00 WHIP during 2020 Spring Training. Though Brown was exposed to the Rule 5 Draft and not taken this past offseason, he hopefully showed enough this Spring to impact the Brewers this season.
12. Joe Gray, OF, Bats: R, Age: 20, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (RK): .164/.279/.300/.579, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 3/5 SB, 10.0 BB%, 27.9 K%, 110 AB
Gray is a toolsy outfielder that brings tantalizing dynasty potential. With a great athletic frame, Gray has the makings of a force in all phases of the game. The power-speed potential is there along with the ability to play all three OF spots with superior arm strength. He’s raw offensively but you’ll want to take a chance on this kind of athlete.
13. Drew Rasmussen, RHP, Age: 24, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (A, A+, AA,): 74.1 IP, 3.15 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 11.6 K/9
Big potential with a history of two Tommy John surgeries, Rasmussen is a tough rank. He has a true swing and miss fastball and hard slider that makes plenty of hitters look hopeless. Rasmussen had 22 of 27 outings at the AA level, so he’s on the brink of making an MLB impact. He especially excelled over the full season as a starter with a 2.27 ERA. His final ERA figure was inflated by an 11.57 ERA in 7 IP out of the bullpen. The development of his changeup will be the difference between his future a starter or as a lights out reliever.
14. Carlos Rodriguez, Bats: L, Age: 19, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (RK): .329/.346/.416/.763, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 5/12 SB, 2.2 BB%, 11.2 K%, 173 AB
Rodriguez will likely end up with more appeal in a real-life context than a dynasty one for a few reasons. Rodriguez has a knack for making contact but hasn’t been able to generate much thump. His defensive ability is his greatest strength which could keep him in the lineup. Rodriguez has to refine his SB technique and improve on the really low BB rate as he advances. He has arguably the strongest hit tool in this range of the Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects and it could carry him upwards if he’s able to generate more pull side pop and loft.
15. Micah Bello, OF, Bats: R, Age: 19, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (RK): .232/.308/.418/.726, 9 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 5/9 SB, 9.1 BB%, 23.7 K%, 177 AB
Bello is a hit over power outfielder with a nice swing from the right side. He added a considerable amount of loft to his batted ball profile: 27.2% in 2018 to 44% in 2019. Bello is a good defender at all three OF positions with speed on the bases, making him at least a solid 4th OF candidate. With added strength and experience, he could be a prospect on the verge of a breakout.
16. Lucas Erceg, 3B, Bats: L, Age: 25, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AAA): .218/.305/.398/.703, 17 2B, 1 3B, 15 HR, 2/4 SB, 10.8 BB%, 25.1 K%, 357 AB
Coming out of the draft in 2016, Erceg had an appealing profile. He’s a power-hitting lefty with one of the strongest infield arms around. Erceg has delivered on those two tools, but the hit and on-base ability profile him more as a second-division starter at this juncture. The vision of Erceg as the 3B of the future in Milwaukee simply hasn’t materialized.
17. Jesus Parra, 3B/2B, Bats: R, Age: 17, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): .247/.361/.410/.771, 15 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 9/11 SB, 9.7 BB%, 26.6 K%, 227 AB
Parra is a bit of a hidden gem in the Brewers system. He debuted this past summer in impressive fashion. Parra put up a 45% FB rate and 48.7% pull rate en route to a 118 wRC+. In a system that boasts numerous toolsy outfielders, here’s the name to circle for the infield crop in the Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects.
18. Trey Supak, RHP, Age: 23, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AA, AAA): 152.2 IP, 3.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, 7.0 K/9
Like many pitchers who faced the Triple-A gauntlet in 2019, Supak’s numbers didn’t overly impress (9.30 ERA in 30 IP). But the final line overshadows a stellar run at AA (2.20 ERA in 122.2 IP). At a big 6’5″, Supak has the ability to sequence his four offerings effectively and turn the lineup over. He’s a guy that will attack the zone and therefore yield a fair amount of contact. On any given day he can silence a lineup when he has it all working (for example a May 30 complete game 1 hitter). Supak should wind up as a solid back of the rotation starter.
19. Thomas Dillard, C/1B/OF, Bats: S, Age: 22, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (RK, A): .249/.391/.407/.799, 9 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 8/8 SB, 18.7 BB%, 22.5 K%, 189 AB
Dillard can hit moonshot HRs from both sides of the plate. He has a defensive profile that could prove valuable: corner OF, 1B, and a 3rd/emergency C. As long as Dillard keeps hitting tanks and getting on base at a prolific clip, the Brewers will have no choice but to keep his bat in the lineup.
20. Eduarqui Fernandez, OF, Bats: R, Age: 18, ETA 2023
2019 Stats (RK): .214/.301/.372/.673, 9 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 15/20 SB, 9.6 BB%, 32.4 K%, 266 AB
Eduarqui Fernandez is another tooled-up, power-speed prospect in the Brewers Top 25. He was able to showcase his raw power which showed up in games. His 11 HRs in the DSL were aided by a 62.5% pull rate. There’s swing and miss but if he keeps his BB rate around 10% he could cover some hit tool holes. While Fernandez may not be as highly touted as the Perez-Medina duo, Fernandez is an exciting prospect in his own right.
21. Je’Von Ward, OF, Bats: L, Age: 20, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (A): .225/.311/.322/.633, 16 2B, 7 3B, 2 HR, 7/13 SB, 11.1 BB%, 25.3 K%, 373 AB
Ward stands out on the field at an imposing 6’5″. Despite long levers, he has a more direct swing than a typical prospect of his size. He has natural raw power and good bat speed, and a bonus brings good speed to the table. He could feasibly stick in CF and be an exciting talent to dream on in fantasy. With a strong showing this season, Ward could be a riser on the future Milwaukee Brewers Top-25 Prospects list.
22. Devin Williams, RHP, Age: 25, MLB in 2019
2019 Stats (AAA): 57 IP, 2.21 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 12.9 K/9
2019 Stats (MLB): 13.2 IP, 3.95 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 9.2 K/9
Williams is a relief righty who had a storybook 2019 season. After recovering from Tommy John surgery and struggling in his return as a starter in 2018, Williams took to the bullpen and revitalized his potential impact. He mowed down Triple-A hitters and even was selected to represent the Brewers in the Futures Game. The righty made it to Milwaukee at season’s end. He got hit during a short MLB stint but proved that he could miss bats too. His changeup was his best weapon and gets about 10 MPH difference between both his four-seam fastball and sinker. Williams showed that he could be a potentially versatile reliever.
23. Chad Spanberger, OF/1B, Bats: L, Age: 24, ETA 2020
2019 Stats (AA w/TOR): .237/.308/.399/.707, 29 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 4/7 SB, 9.0 BB%, 24.4 K%, 431 AB
Spanberger, acquired from Toronto, is now in his third organization since being drafted by Colorado in 2017. Always known for his power, the lefty slugger also has a good throwing arm as a former collegiate catcher. Spanberger served primarily as a RF in Double-A and also plays 1B as a 6’3″ target. He reminds me a little bit of Nate Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays in his frame and ability to produce effortless all fields power. Spanberger’s spray charts have always been a thing of beauty. He also had a dynamite Spring Training for the Brewers with a 1.395 OPS. There’s a chance with expanded rosters in 2019 and the possibility of a universal DH that Spanberger may be hitting bombs all over Miller Park.
24. Payton Henry, Bats: R, Age: 22, ETA 2021
2019 Stats (A+): .242/.315/.395/.711, 22 2B, 1 3B, 14 HR, 1/2 SB, 5.4 BB%, 29.4 K%, 430 AB
Payton Henry is the prototypical defensive first, solid leadership backup catcher at the highest level. He’ll chip in a good amount of power on days he’s in the lineup, but may not have the hit tool to hold down a regular starting job. If he makes strides in that department, he has the rest of the profile in a weak fantasy position to be an interesting riser. For now, he’s a watch list monitor in 2 C leagues.
25. Larry Ernesto, OF, Bats: S, Age: 19, ETA 2024
2019 Stats (RK): .172/.229/.246/.475, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5/6 SB, 5.3 BB%, 45.0 K%, 122 AB
While Ernesto has yet to translate his raw athleticism into results, he still has a good amount of potential. He has a lean frame that should maintain his speed as he continues to fill out. Ernesto carries tremendous risk with an aggressive approach at the plate. He’ll look to have a bounceback season to regain some of the considerable hype that followed his 2017 signing.
Next 10 Brewers Prospects: Pablo Abreu (OF), Nick Bennett (RHP), Braden Webb (RHP), Tyrone Taylor (OF), Nick Kahle (C), Clayton Andrews (LHP), Branlyn Jaraba (3B), Korry Howell (OF), Adam Hill (RHP), Alec Bettinger (RHP), Felix Valerio (2B).
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