Baseball America gave us an early present today: it’s Top 10 Milwaukee Brewers Prospects mid-season update. The lists normally come out later, but the Brewers were one of the organizational lists they put out early due to the race to get Manny Machado.
Tom Haudricourt helps assemble the list. He spends time speaking with scouts and reviewing their thoughts on the individual players. Here’s how he put them together:
1. Keston Hiura, 2B - AA Biloxi Shuckers
It will surprise no one that Hiura is going to be the universal #1 prospect for the org. This report on Hiura is the same as all of them: great hitter, great potential, is the elbow healthy? It appears healthy and that’s great. Fin.
2. Corbin Burnes, RHP - MLB Milwaukee Brewers
Burnes stays at the second spot in the organization, fending off the fast-rising Freddy Peralta. The article states that the organization loves Burnes’ tenacity and hope he’ll be a big bullpen contributor down the stretch.
3. Freddy Peralta, RHP - MLB Milwaukee Brewers
Peralta falls in at number three after finding great success in the majors. BA claims the secret to his success is a deceptive fastball, pitching up in the zone and a dominating curve.
4. Luis Ortiz, RHP - AA Biloxi Shuckers
Ortiz ranks at number four, despite his continued struggles with injury. He’s as dominant as pitchers get when healthy, and looked amazing to start the season. Since coming off the injures list, he hasn’t found quite the same success.
5. Corey Ray, OF - AA Biloxi Shuckers
Ray has reestablished himself in the organizational rankings. The Louisville product has finally discovered his power stroke as a pro, hitting 16 home runs so far this year. Combine that with nearly 30 stolen bases and fans can glimpse the Ray they were promised. Take his success with a grain of salt, as Biloxi has been favorable to left handed hitter this season and he’s still dealing with a bit of a swing and miss issue.
6. Brett Phillips, OF - MLB Milwaukee Brewers
One of the only good parts of Milwaukee’s last series, Phillips is lost in an organization overflowing with outfield talent. He has power from the left side, but hasn’t shown much this year. When he hasn’t hit for power in the past, he’s also showed good average but that hasn’t been on display either. Regardless, he’s a plus-plus arm with decent defensive instincts.
7. Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B - AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Dubon his a high-contact hitter with solid defense. In a different universe, he might be an everyday contributor for this team, but a bad ACL tear has him shelved for the remainded of the 2018 season.
8. Lucas Erceg, 3B - AA Biloxi Shuckers
Erceg ranked higher on most lists but has struggled some this season. Most of those issues came after he was struck in the helmet with a fastball. Thankfully, he was uninjured and is now starting to heat up at the plate again. BA mentions that Erceg has also battled a minor back injury this season.
9. Tristen Lutz, OF - A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Lutz barely hit to start the season. Since June 1, Lutz put his woes behind him, hitting .279/.361/.500 with four homers. The outfielder is still only 19 and showing he’s up to the task of being challenged. The skills could only get better as he ages.
10. Jacob Nottingham, C - MLB Milwaukee Brewers
Nottingham has grown leaps and bounds behind the plate. He is now a respectable defensive catcher, which he should be credited with fixing. When being acquired by the organization, many said he could never stick behind the plate, specifically because of receiving woes. He’s no Gold Glover, but he’s not the liability he once was, either. His bat is also shaping up this year, hopefully signaling a bright future for him as the other half of Milwaukee’s battery.