Milwaukee Brewers 38 highest prediction

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Below is a breakdown of prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system. Scouting reports have been compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. This is the third year that we’ve identified between two projected relief pitches, the abbreviations you’ll see in the “position” column below: MIRP for multi-inning relief pitchers, and SIRP for single-stroke relief pitchers. The ETAs listed generally correspond to the year a player must be added to the 40-man roster to avoid qualifying for the Rule 5 draft. Manual adjustments are made where they seem appropriate, but I use that as a rule of thumb.

A quick overview of what FV (Future Value) means can be found here. here. A much deeper overview can be found here.

All of the classified forecasts below also appear on The Board, a site-provided resource featuring screenable scouting information for each organization. It contains more detail (and updated TrackMan data from various sources) than this article and consolidates each team’s roster so readers can compare forecasts across farm systems. can be found here.

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Grouped by genre and listed in order of preference within each category.

Youth Tools
Daniel GilartySS
Gregory BarriosSS
Jess AvenaFrom
Kellan NiqasyaFrom
Dylan Ouray2b
Johnny SeverinoRF

Young Venezuelans Guilarte and Barrios are both outstanding defenders whose offensive careers are off to a solid start. Both have been in the compound in 2022. Gilarte has more room to grow, while Barrios is a slightly better defender and has a better hitting sense. Avina, a 14th overall finisher in 2021 from Sparks, Nevada, has achieved tremendous power on the complex and at Low-A, with 15 batters in 64 games. The record of hitting hitters that he had early on isn’t great, but he already has above-average drawing power by age 19 and still has room to grow. Nicasia is another 2021 Third Day high school senior (Hialeah, FL) whose bat flew when he was moved to the court full-time. He is a well-built switch hitter with a lift-oriented swing. Lilliputian O’Rae takes home $600,000 in a 2022 third round as a fast, high-contact catalyst. It is an evolutionary 2B/CF in defense. Currently, the 18-year-old Severino looks to be a player as a player of the future. He is a deep drop and over throwing arm hitter.

Indy Ball Parade
Justin TubaSERP
Ryan MiddendorfSERP
Brandon CanarSP
Kent HasslerSERP

Toba is 31 years old but he is still a qualified candidate due to all his injuries. He returned to sitting 94-97 mph when he came back from his last setback in 2022, then suffered a non-arm injury that ended his season. When he was healthy, he looked like a major league reliever. Middendorf is where the Brewers’ independent ball bends and low/odd delivery mania intersects. It’s a sidearm to drop and drive like the Tampa Bay Ray Ryan Thompson. Canar and Hassler are both more typical. Knarr is the standard four-pitch deep starter with below-average arm strength and very good secondary stuff (splitter, curve ball), while Hasler is a heavy reliever. Yes, all of these guys are out of the independent leagues.

current arm strength
Tyler WisnerSP
Aidan Maldonado, SERP
Jason PenaMIRP
Shane SmithSERP
Patrick AquinoSP

Woessner is a multi-year JUCO prospect from central Arizona with shoulders as broad as a barn door. His frame and delivery were built to last, and he began throwing hard after the draft (up to 98 mph), albeit in short outings. Maldonado was a late pick from Minnesota who also shocked 98 while broadcasting in relief during the instructions. Pena, 20, has a low 90s fastball for cutting/rising creeps up to 96 (over 92-94) and an extra slider in the future. He pitched as a multi-role reliever at Low-A. Smith owned TJ during the draft year and signed as an undrafted free agent in 2021. Returning from rehab in the fall, he was 93-95 with a good curveball and cutaway, and slip control. Aquino, 19, has the deliveries and tire for the relievers, but he’s already sitting 93 and catching some bad vertical sliders.

Future arm strength
Will Roddy, SP
Edwin JimenezSP
Manuel RodriguezSP

Rudy, 21, was Cal Poly Pomona’s second-day first pick in 2022 and has great natural breaking ball form. Jimenez, 21, is well built, has a good-looking delivery, and has a decent four-pars combination, but he’s sitting 87-91 mph now. Still just 17, Rodriguez made his Mexico U-18 national team debut in September after spending 2022 in the DSL. It only sits 86-88, but its chassis has at least a midrange drop and the Fastball spins at a whopping 2600 rpm, which is ridiculous at those speeds. This whole group has the foundation to make a jump if they start throwing harder.

High depth arms
Nick BennettSERP
Clayton AndrewsSERP
Louis ContrerasSERP
Victor CastanedaMIRP

With the exception of Andrews, every fastball in this group weighs less. Bennett was developed as a starter, but is most likely a left-handed reliever. Its slider is cool, but it sits at 88mph. Andrews was a little wild when he first came back from TJ, but he’s still an athletic three-court player with a sneaky fastball in the high 80s. Contreras participated in the Fall League and continued in the Venezuelan Winter League, going 90-92 with cutter (more to chase than seek to connect) and changeup. Castaneda has a detachable, direct changeup and has performed at even pace through the middle of the minors even though his fastball speed has fallen from his post-pandemic peak.

About the System

The Brewers finished the 2022 season as Ranked farm system 16 in baseball, with 15 players in the 40+ FV or higher and three top 100 players. After Sal Frelick moved up the 45+ FV class (part of me thinks he still belongs there, because the prospect of not being center field is very real), they now have four in the top 100. With that bump, the system would have finished 12th at the end of the season. General, so this is where it roughly fits into the game, plus or minus a few points.

Brewers have clear acquisition patterns on the amateur side. Measurable hitting skill pervades all of their drafts. They take low-hitting hitters, shortstops, and middles, and often ignore size and physical projection in pursuit of it. Milwaukee’s affinity for junior college and indy ball pitchers indicates that the institution is looking for developmental meat on the bone rather than targeting pitchers who are more likely to be maxed out, or closer to it, from a ballpark design standpoint. They’re more active in Venezuela than most other clubs (and those things are somewhat related) tend to have many short stops for dermatologists in the establishment, which is a particularly deep set right now. The Brewers have offered three of them across two ACL teams in 2022. Nearly all pitchers in the DSL have shallow-angle fastballs, which is another common theme in the system as a whole.

This club has not signed a major free agent contract yet this off-season, although he has improved through trades. Much of their competitiveness seems to depend on it Christian Yelich Returning to something approaching the look he removed three years from appearing in. An abundance of players who should soon be ready to make some kind of impact will help fill in the back Jesse Winker (whose contract expires after next season) if he has his own rebounding year in 2023. Like Arizona, the Brewers would likely consider their outside pool deep enough to trade from, but they’re all more divided than the D-pack running backs especially Wimmer and Mitchell.

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