The 2016 Arizona League Brewers finished the season below .500 at 24-29, but that doesn’t mean that Milwaukee’s lowest-level stateside affiliate was bereft of talent. According to the evaluators at Baseball America, the Brewers featured two of the league’s top 20 prospects, a list that was dominated by hitters. Those players are:
15. C Mario Feliciano (Age 17)
Feliciano was Milwaukee’s selection in Comp Round B (75th overall) in this past summer’s draft. He’s currently ranked as the club’s 28th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Feliciano is a bat-first prospect that Pipeline praises as having “some strength in his swing, with some over-the-fence potential” who runs well and displays good athleticism behind the plate, though his overall defensive game is a work in progress.
127 PA || .265/.307/.359 || 8 XBH || 2 SB
18. 1B Gabriel Garcia (Age 18)
The Brewers selected Garcia in the 14th round out of Broward Community College in the 2016 draft, though he played mostly first base as well as some third base in the AZL despite catching as an amateur. He’s not ranked among the Brewers current top 30 prospects, but has been said to have “good hand position...with some bat speed” in his right-handed swing along “smooth footwork with lateral range...good arm strength and accurate throws” defensively.
150 PA || .300/.393/.500 || 18 XBH || 4 SB
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference