Baseball America’s midseason top 100 prospects list is out for us all to enjoy, and there's some interesting movement involving Brewers prospects.
The top Brewer on the list remains Lewis Brinson. After an impressive season so far at AAA and a brief call-up to the big league club, Brinson climbed to 16 overall on the list. With the Sky Sox, Brinson is currently slashing .341/.415/.578 with ten homers and ten stolen bases. Overall, he moved up four spots from his previous ranking on this year's list.
Next, Brandon Woodruff came in at 43, jumping up 31 spots from his preseason ranking. Woodruff is currently on the DL with the big league club after being called up earlier in the season to make his MLB debut. Woodruff got off to a great start with a sub-2 ERA through his first six starts but was beat up before getting the call. His ERA currently sits at 4.12, but Baseball Prospectus lists his DRA as 3.32 with a DRA- of 62.8.
Woodruff moved up 31 spots and flew past Josh Hader who plummeted 30 spots to 61 overall. Hader had a rough season to start at AAA but has since provided some quality outings in the bullpen for Milwaukee. The thin air makes it difficult for him to get the same bite on his breaking stuff and led to some of the issues he saw with Colorado Springs.
Finally, a third pitcher was the last prospect on this list. Luis Ortiz saw a modest bump from 73 to 67. Ortiz has been great for the AA Biloxi Shuckers but has missed time on and off due to minor injuries. When on the mound, there’s no doubt that he’s a superb prospect.
The biggest drop off for Brewers prospects comes from Corey Ray, who went from 42 to completely off the list in the midseason update. The outfield prospect’s box line has not looked good as he struggles to make contact with a low batting average and strikeout percentage north of 30.
Isan Diaz also dropped off the list. He has seen his struggles at Carolina as well, but was at 93 on the preseason list, suggesting his fall off the list could be caused by a range of new draftees being moved up.