Before we get to this week’s poll, let’s step back and take a look at last week’s poll. Last week, we asked you to grade the performance of manager Craig Counsell and GM David Stearns. While it was not a surprise that the Brewers’ management would have the support of the majority of fans, how much support they got was a bit surprising. Both Counsell and Stearns received a B or higher in 98% of votes. If you want to dig a little deeper, Stearns got an A from 73% of voters, while Counsell got an A from 76%. Of course, this vote came at the end of a period where the Brewers had won six straight series. Had we delayed the vote even a week, would results have changed much? While we won’t know the answer to that, we will revisit this question later in the season, potentially during a period where the Brewers aren’t playing quite as well.
Let’s take a look at this week’s question now. As the baseball season has turned to June, we have hit the time of year where teams will start calling up some of their prospects. With enough time gone to avoid the Super Two cutoff, and teams looking for minor league reinforcements to help bolster their rosters, several players make their debut at this time of year. The Brewers are no exception to this, and have even already promoted a few of their prospects for a little taste of the majors this year. So, our question for this week will focus on those prospects. If you could choose one (and only one) player from the group of prospects with no or very little major league experience to be promoted to the roster right now, which would you choose?
For the purposes of this poll, here’s a few ground rules. We’re going to focus on just a set of prospects, as adding every prospect in the minors to this poll would just make it too long. Also, we’re cutting out some of the prospects that have seen a decent amount of MLB service time so far (Brett Phillips, Brandon Woodruff, etc.). A few of these players in the poll have made it to the majors, but played a week or less with the team. Also, the purpose of this is to argue who deserves the opportunity to play with the Brewers right now, not who the Brewers should cut so this can happen or which of these players would be an improvement over another player. Assume that whatever roster move/injury/etc. that would be necessary to bring this player up has happened.
With that said, here are the five players you can choose from for this poll. Vote in the poll below, then come join us in the comments to discuss why you picked the player you did.
Corbin Burnes (RHP)
#2 Brewers Prospect on MLB Pipeline
#35 Overall Prospect on FanGraphs
#59 Overall Prospect on MLB Pipeline
AAA: 4.97 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 4.56 xFIP, 9.00 K/9, 3.72 BB/9, 0.78 HR/9 (58 IP)
Keston Hiura (2B)
#1 Brewers Prospect on MLB Pipeline
#24 Overall Prospect on FanGraphs
#48 Overall Prospect on MLB Pipeline
A+: .320/.382/.529/.911, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 4 SB, 47 K, 14 BB (228 PA)
AA: .333/.391/.429/.820, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 SB, 3 K, 0 BB (23 PA)
Jacob Nottingham (C)
#25 Brewers Prospect on MLB Pipeline
AAA: .345/.412/.621/1.033, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 2 SB, 29 K, 6 BB, 31% CS (97 PA)
Nate Orf (2B/SS/3B)
AAA: .287/.384/.378/.762, 1 HR, 24 RBI, 12 SB, 37 K, 22 BB (226 PA)
Freddy Peralta (RHP)
#9 Brewers Prospect on MLB Pipeline
AAA: 2.88 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 3.97 xFIP, 12.24 K/9, 4.68 BB/9, 0.18 HR/9 (50 IP)
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs.
If you could promote only one minor league prospect from this group to the majors, which one would you choose?
This poll is closed