In 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers had some of the best minor league pitching depth the system has seen in the team’s history. Many players had great seasons, even at multiple levels, and established themselves at top prospects.
We’re asking you, out of all the top performances, who was the best? Take a look at the options below and then make your choice.
Freddy Peralta, RHP — 61 IP, 3.39 ERA, 87 K, 28 BB
Peralta did something incredibly rare during his stint in the minors in 2018: he pitched well at Colorado Springs. This performance led to a deserved call up to Milwaukee, where the young righty put on a show for the major league roster. He struggles with control, but when he’s on, he’s as dominant as anyone.
Quintin Torres-Costa, LHP — 55 IP, 1.31 ERA, 65 K, 25 BB
The young reliever quietly put up fantastic numbers across two levels this seasons. Not only did he quickly show that he was unhittable in AA, but he went in to continue dominating AAA. Not mentioned as a top prospect, Torres-Costa has shown he has legitimate potential as a big league reliever.
Zack Brown, RHP — 127.2 IP, 2.40 ERA, 119 K, 27 BB
Perhaps no Brewers pitcher increased their stock in 2018 more than Brown. We know wins and losses don’t matter, but the young righty didn’t suffer his first loss until after returning from a sprained ankle in the final weeks of the season.
Trey Supak, RHP — 137.2 IP, 2.48 ERA, 123 K, 44 BB
While Brown was grabbing headlines, Supak was quietly putting up a season to rival his peer. The righty dominated both A+ and AA, but initially struggled during his AA debut, meaning many stopped talking about him. He quickly adjusted and became one of the most reliable pitchers in the Southern League.
Luke Barker, RHP — 61 IP, 2.21 ERA, 63 K, 16 BB
Signed out of the independent leagues in 2017, Barker has established himself as one of the best relievers on the farm. Spending his year at Carolina, he was the most reliable arm for the Mudcats and regularly demonstrated his advanced pitching acumen to dominate the younger hitters.
Cam Roegner, LHP — 130.1 IP, 2.83 ERA, 88 K, 39 BB
The soft-throwing lefty from Beloit, WI was one of the best pitchers in the Carolina League in 2018. This earned him a chance in Biloxi later in the year where he continued to have great appearances, mixed in with some minor problems. Soft throwing means there’s not a lot of strikeout potential but there’s no denying that Roegner was one of the best pitchers in the system this season.
Aaron Ashby, LHP — 57.2 IP, 3.59 ERA, 66 K, 17 BB
Ashby is the only new arrival to the team’s farm that makes the list. His line isn’t the most exciting but he fought his way on after his promotion to Wisconsin where he pitched 37.1 innings and struck our 47 while walking 9. That alone showed Ashby’s huge potential and provided a lot of value to the Timber Rattlers during their end of year playoff chase.
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