A couple of days ago, I dove into analyzing the roster of the Milwaukee Brewers as currently constructed to make the case that a competitive ball club may not be all that far off. Our local nine has a bevy of players at the major league level who earned various roles this year and will likely be counted on to be positive contributors for the 2017 season. If any of those players should fall short of expectations, however, the Brewers are fortunate enough to have built one of the league’s top-rated minor league pipelines to dip into for replacements.
The purpose of this post is to provide an overall picture of the prospects that Milwaukee has currently down on the farm. Typically this would be provided through a numbered list; I have expressed previously how I don’t believe that those types of numerical rankings help to foster intelligent prospect discussions. So my prospect list will be a little different: a tiered categorizing of players with no numerical ranking. It’s not necessarily important or meaningful whether Player X ranks third or thirteenth or thirtieth on a specific list at a specific time. What is relevant are said player’s tool grades and projected future value. In my opinion that’s what the discussion should focus on, and that’s why my list should help steer the conversation in that direction.
My rankings are based on several scouting reports and tool grades from various outlets, age/risk, physical build/projection, and statistical performance. After taking all of those items under consideration I determined where I felt comfortable projecting each player’s future value to the organization. Here’s how it turned out:
Above-Average Position Players (55 or greater FV)
Above-Average Starting Pitchers (55 or greater FV)
Everyday Position Players (50 FV)
Average SP/High Leverage RP/Extreme Risk Arms (50 - 45+ FV)
Platoon/Bench Roles/Extreme Risk Bats (45+ - 45 FV)
Bullpen Arms (45 - 40 FV)
Organizational Depth Bats
Organizational Depth Arms