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Milwaukee Brewers linked to three top international prospects from Venezuela

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The Brewers expected to sign a lot of high-potential talent during the international signing period with the top three signees coming from the turbulent South American country.

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The consensus among experts on the subject is the Milwaukee Brewers have one of the worst, if not the worst minor league system in all of MLB. At the same time, there is a recognition of very young talent in the system that just might turn into something more significant. After years of virtual neglect in the international space, the Brewers have introduced an influx of this young talent via international signings.

During the 2019-2020 international signing period, David Stearns & Co. signed Luis Medina to a $1.3 million bonus. Medina ranked #13 on MLB.com’s list of top international signees. Currently Medina ranks number #11 on Milwaukee’s top prospects list according to MLB.com. They also signed Hedbert Perez in 2019 who currently ranks #8 on the Brewers’ top prospect list. During the previous international signing period, the Brewers inked Eduardo Garcia who is rated as the Brewers’ #7 prospect. Other international signees include Carlos Rodriguez, Jeferson Quero, Jesus Parra, Pablo Abreu, and Eduarqui Fernandez all which are included in the Brewers’ top-30 prospects.

Expect some additions of very young talent to enter this list as Milwaukee is expected to sign more quality players during the 2020-2021 international signing period. Jackson Brayan Chourio is the biggest name, ranked # 16 by Baseball America. The Venezuelan youngster is exactly the type of player the Brewers go for. He is an up-the-middle athlete who plays both shortstop and the outfield. He has the potential for power and speed.

Ranked #47 by Baseball America, Gregory Barrios is also expected to sign with the Brewers. Not surprisingly, he is a shortstop out of Venezuela. Evidently the Brewers are high on Barrios. The scouting report on him suggests a strong baseball IQ and instincts.

Another top-50 international signee expected to go with the Brewers is Daniel Guilarte. I’ll give you one guess to his nationality. Yep, he is from Venezuela. If you were to deduce that he might play either shortstop or center field, you would be right again. He plays both. He has the potential to be a good hitter as his bat-to-ball skills are highlighted in scouting reports.

There are players expected to sign with Milwaukee that do come from other places. The two biggest names come from the Dominican Republic. They are two outfielders, Hendry Mendez and Manuel Vargas. Mendez is a 6-foot-3 corner outfielder who could hit for power and average. Vargas might prove to be a good hitter as well with good bat-to-ball skills and gap-to-gap power.