We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Milwaukee Brewers Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.
THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST.
THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST.
THESE ARE NOT NEW GRADES.
1) Lewis Brinson, OF, Grade B+: Age 23, first round pick by the Rangers in 2012, acquired in 2016 Jonathan Lucroy deal; strong in Triple-A at .331/.400/.562, 13 homers, 11 steals; had problems in the majors at .106/.236/.277 in 47 at-bats but will obviously get more chances; currently on DL with hamstring injury and will miss rest of minor league season, may or may not be ready in September.
2) Josh Hader, LHP, Grade B+: Age 23, originally drafted by Orioles in 19th round in 2012, traded to Astros, then traded to Brewers; moved into major league bullpen in June and has performed well, 1.33 ERA in 27 innings, 34/19 K/BB, just 14 hits; walks need to come down long-term.
3) Corey Ray, OF, Grade B+: Age 22, first round pick in 2016 from University of Louisville; hitting .239/.312/.368 in High-A, seven homers, 23 steals, 43/142 BB/K ratio in 402 at-bats; a disappointing season, tools are here but less polish than expected.
4) Isan Diaz, INF, Grade B/B+: Age 21, comp round pick in 2014 by Diamondbacks, traded to Brewers in Jean Segura deal; hitting .225/.339/.374 with 12 homers, 62 walk, 116 strikeouts in 374 at-bats in High-A; not a great year but based on age and past track record I think he can adapt.
5) Mauricio Dubon, SS, Grade B: Age 23, drafted by Red Sox in 26th round in 2013, born in Honduras but went to high school in California, came to Milwaukee in 2016 Tyler Thornburg deal; hitting combined .273/.327/.378 between Double-A and Triple-A, 38 steals; may fit better at second base long-term, might show more power eventually.
6) Luis Ortiz, RHP, Grade B: Age 21, first round pick by Rangers in 2014, traded to Brewers in Lucroy package; 4.08 ERA with 73/32 K/BB in 83 innings in Double-A, 67 hits; not a great year but not terrible and pretty young for the level.
7) Brandon Woodruff, RHP, Grade B: Age 24, 11th round pick in 2014 out of Mississippi State; 4.46 ERA in 73 innings in Triple-A, 71/25 K/BB, very credible for Colorado Springs; three major league starts with 1.62 ERA, 12/8 K/BB in 17 innings, ready for a full trial.
8) Phil Bickford, RHP, Grade B: Age 22, first round pick by Giants in 2015, traded to Brewers in August 2016; opened season on suspension list for drug of abuse, just now getting back into action with nine innings of rookie ball rehab work, a lost season basically.
9) Marcos Diplan, RHP, Grade B-: Age 20, signed by Rangers in 2013, traded to Brewers in Yovani Gallardo deal; mediocre season in High-A with 5.23 ERA in 108 innings, 108/63 K/BB; good arm strength, still learning how to pitch and still very young, strikeouts a positive.
10) Lucas Erceg, 3B, Grade B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 from NAIA school Menlo College; hitting .246/.289/.397 with 13 homers, 27 walks, 88 strikeouts in 464 at-bats in High-A, a bit disappointing considering massive hype he received in spring training.
11) Brett Phillips, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 23, sixth round pick by Astros in 2012, acquired in Carlos Gomez trade; hitting .316/.386/.595 in Triple-A with 19 homers, 42 walks, 115 strikeouts in 358 at-bats; hit .229/.289/.429 in 35 major league at-bats and ready for a larger trial.
12) Trent Clark, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, first round pick in 2015, age 20, hitting .223/.356/.357 with 31 steals, 85 walks, 129 strikeouts in 412 at-bats; effective stealer, fielder, and walker with flashes of power but hasn’t hit for average to this point, high secondary average type.
13) Jorge Lopez, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 24, second round pick from Puerto Rico in 2011; 4.53 ERA in 94 innings in Double-A with 97/35 K/BB; switched to bullpen in July and has been effective in new role, 2.63 ERA in 27 innings with 24/7 K/BB; I suspect that is where he belongs.
14) Jacob Nottingham, C-1B, Grade C+: Age 22, hitting .208/.325/.343 in 289 at-bats in Double-A; second poor season since reaching this level; receiving skills have improved and it isn’t too late for the bat but he needs progress in ‘18.
15) Ryan Cordell, OF, Grade C+: Age 25, 11th round pick by Rangers out of Liberty University in 2013, traded to Brewers in Lucroy deal; hitting .284/.349/.506 in Triple-A, traded to White Sox for Anthony Swarzak on July 26th.
16) Corbin Burnes, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, fourth round pick in 2016 out of St. Mary’s; breakthrough season that needs more attention, 1.67 ERA in 130 innings between High-A and Double-A, 128/26 K/BB, just 93 hits, high ground ball rate, intriguing arm.
17) Gilbert Lara, SS, Grade C+: Age 19, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2014 for $3,100,000, hit .193/.226/.269 in 223 at-bats in Low-A, season now over with a broken fibula; Midwest League observers report he was totally overmatched by full-season pitching; still young of course.
18) Cody Ponce, RHP, Grade C+: Age 23, second round pick in 2015 from Cal Poly Pomona; 3.45 ERA in 120 innings in High-A, 94/25 K/BB, decent year but is repeating the level; might move to bullpen eventually.
19) Devin Williams, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, second round pick in 2013, out with Tommy John surgery.
20) Monte Harrison, OF, Grade C+: Age 22, second round pick in 2014, showed substantial improvements with swing and approach this year, hitting .266/.349/.481 with 20 homers, 23 steals, 40/121 BB/K ratio in 399 at-bats between Low-A and High-A, always had the tools.
OTHER GRADE C+:
Chad McClanahan, 3B: Hitting .211/.325/.292 in Pioneer League at age 19.
Demi Orimoloye, OF: Hitting .210/.278/.352 in Low-A, 11 homers, 33 steals, 37/129 BB/K.
Freddy Peralta, RHP: Strong season, 2.77 ERA in 104 innings High-A/Double-A, 146/55 K/BB, only 68 hits.
Jon Perrin, RHP: 3.16 ERA in 91 innings in Double-A, 81/18 K/BB, sharp control.
Braden Webb, RHP: 4.58 ERA in 75 innings in Low-A, 77/35 K/BB; scouting reports better than the numbers.
Jordan Yamamoto, RHP: 3.07 ERA in 91 innings in High-A, 91/27 K/BB, 77 hits.
Two teams to go, then we move on to a revised Top 100 list.