The Brewers’ farm system is not highly regarded at the moment.
We know this, of course, but another reminder was released today with Keith Law’s organizational rankings, now hosted at The Athletic.
Law notes that part of it is because of the amount of talent they’ve promoted to the majors in recent years, and accepts that like the Washington Nationals (who ranked 29th), the low ranking is by design and likely worth it, considering the Nationals won the World Series last year and the Brewers came within one game of the World Series the year before.
He also says the Brewers were the only team who were in danger of not having a prospect in his Top 100 — Brice Turang came in at #81 on his list this year, sharing the same concerns about his power many others have while being complimentary of his patience — but does provide some hope on the horizon, mentioning the high-upside players the organization has signed out of Latin America recently that are still too raw to land on these types of ranking lists.
Law does mention a couple “misses” when it comes to their early picks in recent years, but at least among first-rounders, it appears that’s now limited to Nathan Kirby in 2015 (a supplemental first round pick after they picked Trent Grisham earlier) and Corey Ray in 2016 — who was Law’s top-rated bat that year.
Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Arizona and San Diego make up Law’s top 5 minor league systems. The Cardinals are the highest-ranked organization in the NL Central, coming in at #9. Pittsbugh is ranked 14th, Cincinnati 23rd and Chicago 28th.