When it comes to prospect watching, it’s about more than the minor leaguers making the top-30 prospect lists. There’s plenty of talented players who deserve some attention and should be noticed by the fans. We’re taking a look at five Milwaukee Brewers farmhands that are off to great starts and deserve some love (in no particular order).
- Noah Zavolas || RHP || Carolina Mudcats
42 IP | 2.36 ERA | 37 K | 7 BB
Zavolas was part of the return from the Seattle Mariners in the Domingo Santana trade. The Ivy Leaguer has showed a mastery of pitching in his short time in the Brewers farm. He’s a soft-tosser who relies on location and his faastball-changeup combo. Scouts give his changeup an above average grade, which helps make his low-90s, high-80s fastball more effective.
2. Weston Wilson || 1B || Biloxi Shuckers
150 PA | .265/.351/.529 | 9 HR | 4 SB
No one expected much from Wilson as a 17th-round draft pick in 2016. Then he tore apart rookie league in his pro debut and has been impressing since. Despite outperforming expectations at most levels so far, Wilson has stayed off the popular radar. But this season, he’s showing off what his bat is capable of. With nine homers, he already has the second-most bombs of his career. The power and average combo at Biloxi — a place that’s historically hard to hit — has been promising. Add on the fact that Wilson can play first, third and the outfield and he’s looking like a promising corner utility bat.
3. Yeison Coca || SS/2B || Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
128 PA | .268/.344/.420 | 4 HR | 12 SB
Coca was the fourth piece of the Tyler Thornburg trade. After dealing with injuries his first few years, Coca is finally getting regular playing time with the Timber Rattlers. Considered a glove-first middle infielder, Coca has certainly been holding his own with the bat. Already exceeding his career homer total, Coca has shown power, speed and improved patience at the plate. Still just 20, his growth as a hitter is a promising sign that Coca could become a significant player for the Crew in the farm in short time.
4. Max Lazar || RHP || Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
28 IP | 1.61 ERA | 43 K | 8 BB
Lazar has been the most dominant pitcher for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and he’s still only 19. What’s been exceptionally impressive has been his ability to work the zone despite being young. He’s not a power pitcher and will likely sit low 90s, but he already understands how to mix his pitches to keep hitters off balance. He’s also not afraid to pound the zone, which results in great things for the young righty.
5. Dylan File || RHP || Carolina Mudcats
40.2 IP | 3.32 ERA | 42 K | 3 BB
File has been improving himself as a pitcher each year he’s been in the organization. Last year, File made the Midwest League All-Star Team with the Timber Rattlers. Now, he’s looking ready to build on that success. After a rough start to his season, giving up 10 runs over his first three games, File has calmed down and brought his ERA to an exceptional 3.32. He uses his low-90s fastball that tops in the mid-90s to set up his breaking balls to get success. Both breaking balls show the ability to be above average, and he uses them to induce bad contact.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.