Victor Roache – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – Paul R Gierhart/MiLB
In December, the staff of Reviewing the Brew will be looking at the Top 10 Milwaukee Brewers’ prospects as ranked by Baseball America. When the Brewers look toward the future, they’ll do so with these top 10 players in mind.
Today the Brewers appear set with their outfield; however, the future will bring holes to fill. When this time comes, Victor Roache will be one of the prospects to be considered. Baseball America awarded Roache with No. 5 spot in their rankings.
Victor Roache is an outfielder that stands at 6’1” and weighs 225lbs. At only 21 years of age Roache is seen as a prospect with raw ability and high ceiling as a slugger.
Roache was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Brewers. This was his second time drafted. He was initially drafted in the 25th round of the 2009 draft by the Tigers, but instead attended Georgia Southern University where he played baseball. In 2011, Roache hit 30 home runs and was named first team of Baseball America’s College All-American Team. Later that same year he would be named a pre-season All-America First Team by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
In 2012, while making a diving play in the outfield, Roache fractured his wrist. The injury caused him to miss significant playing time as well as fall in the Major League Baseball Draft, dropping all the way to the 28th spot where the Brewers grabbed the high risk, high reward (due to injury) outfielder.
Last season (2013) Roache played 119 games with the Single-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, hitting 22 home runs with 74 runs batted in. These numbers were in spite of a late start due to completion of rehab on his wrist. In July, Roache had a game where he hit two home-runs and batted in seven, all in the first two innings. Victor Roache may be labeled as a quiet player who arrives early to the batting cages, but he is also fairly active on Twitter (@_Heavy28Hitter_) where you will find him promoting his fellow teammates as well as spreading the love for the television show ‘Martin.’
The 2014 season will be a chance to play a full season and show the Brewer organization how special a player he can be.