We did the top-10, and then you kept voting. That means we have to keep writing. We’re taking a look at prospects 11-20 as decided by the Brew Crew Ball Community. The farm’s not deep, but these prospects are still interesting gambles to help the Big League Crew in the future. Let’s take a look!
#11 Devin Williams, RHP
2019 Season (AA & AAA): 57 IP || 2.21 ERA || 82 K || 30 BB || 3 HR || 1.158 WHIP
2019 MLB Season: 13.2 IP || 3.95 ERA || 14 K || 6 BB || 2 HR || 1.756 WHIP
Finally healthy after recovering from TJS, Devin Williams reestablished his value in the farm last season. With an uptick in velocity and his changeup as good as ever, D-Train locked up a bullpen role. Those tools should help him into a bullpen role for the Crew in 2020.
#12 Zack Brown, RHP
2019 Season (AAA): 116.2 IP || 5.79 ERA || 98 K || 64 BB || 16 HR || 1.731
Brown had an absolutely miserable AAA debut. In 2018, the righty worked his way into the top tier of the Brewers’ farm with a 2.44 ERA at AA Biloxi. But his success was heavily based on his control, when he allowed just 36 BB in 125.2 IP. His 2019 featured a walk number that nearly doubled in less time on the mound and a higher home run rate.
All in all, Brown has average to slightly above average pitches, but if he doesn’t have plus control, he can’t be successful. If he can fix whatever caused his errant behavior at AAA, he has a chance to fill a back of the rotation spot for the Brewers in the future.
#13 Trey Supak, RHP
2019 Season (AA & AAA): 152.2 IP || 3.77 ERA || 118 K || 32 BB || 12 HR || 1.028 WHIP
Supak was absolutely dominate to start the season at AA. Over 122.2 IP, he maintained a limited 2.20 ERA. When the Brewers bumped him up to AAA, he allowed a 9.30 ERA in 30 IP.
Supak is another pitcher that’s average in overall talent but benefits from pretty solid control. It’s no surprise he stumbled a bit in his first taste of AAA. When he starts there this season, it’ll be his final step to securing his future as a starter. He can also be an alright reliever, but he doesn’t have a fantastic second pitch to back up his okay low-90s fastball.
#14 Payton Henry, C
2019 Season (A+): 482 PA || .242/.315/.395 || 14 HR || 1 SB || 142 K || 26 BB
Henry spent the season splitting time at catcher and DH with Mario Feliciano. His numbers where alright for the Carolina League, but were pretty far behind Feliciano’s. Henry is the better receiver, but needs to catch up with Feliciano’s bat if he hopes to reach the Big Leagues some day.
In good news, Henry’s power did increase in a league that generally sucks power. The strikeout numbers need to go down, which will lead to more success. If so, he has a bright future as a backup Major League catcher at worst.
#15 Micah Bello, OF
2019 Season (Rk): 198 PA || .232/.308/.418 || 6 HR || 5 SB || 47 K || 18 BB
In Bello’s first full season as a professional, he had some difficulties with a slightly higher level of competition. But, he also showed development, which is most important for a prospect this young.
Bello is raw, but flashes some five tool potential. He has the speed to cover center, but will probably be best in the corners. His bat shows the potential to hit for average, but the power leaves some question, for now.
#16 Hedbert Perez, OF
2019 Season: DNP
Hedbert Perez hasn’t stepped onto a pro field yet, but he’s building up a great reputation. Perez’s father is Robert Perez, an MLB vet who played for the Blue Jays. Perez demonstrates plus raw power and a well tuned, compact swing from the left side. He projects for good contact and power along with plus speed and average defense.
#17 Thomas Dillard, 1B
2019 Season (Rk-A): 235 PA || .249/.391/.407 || 7 HR || 8 SB || 53 K || 44 BB
Like veteran college bats with average to above-average power? Then you’ll like Dillard. He profiles as a first baseman or left fielder, although the Brewers drafted him as a catcher. He played just three innings behind the plate with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, but spent most of his time at first and corner outfield.
Dillard’s development is a roller coaster ride. If he can hit .250 and continue to develop his power, he would be an ok first baseman or a great catcher. He has good control of the zone, but will need to prove he can maintain that against tougher competition than what he faced in A-ball.
#18 Joe Gray, OF
2019 Season (Rk): 129 PA || .164/.279/.300 | 3 HR || 3 SB || 36 K || 13 BB
Joe Gray’s spent most of his pro-career recovering from injury. That makes it even harder to evaluate and already difficult time to judge his performance. Gray has made some major changes to his swing on the side, which should help him continue to develop his plus-plus power. If he can get on the field and show that his hitting tools have in fact improved, he’ll be a decent right fielder.
#19 Nick Kahle, C
2019 Season (Rk & A+): 169 PA || .247/.343/.459 || 6 HR || 2 SB || 38 K || 21 BB
The Brewers’ fourth-round draft pick gives the farm suddenly makes catcher a position of strength for the team. Kahle is an advanced bat and decent receiver. Kahle got a taste of pro ball and even a little A+ action. He showed a good bat, but the hit tool will need to continue to develop should he hope to be a legitimate catching prospect.
#20 Alec Bettinger, RHP
2019 Season (AA): 146.1 IP || 3.44 ERA || 157 K || 35 BB || 13 HR || 1.066 WHIP
Bettinger has silently developed into a solid starting pitching prospect since joining the Brewers in 2017. The righty was among the leaders in K-BB% in the minors and has a solid curveball and cutter combo. With his good command, all he needs is a third pitch to secure a likely future as a contributor in the majors.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference