Victor Roache Will Breakout in 2015


After a disappointing 2013 season top prospect, Clint Coulter shined in 2014. He batted .287, homered 22 times, and he had an incredible .930 OPS. These numbers helped to solidify his status as a top prospect and show why he was a first round pick in 2012.

His fellow first rounder, Victor Roache, however took a step backwards. Though he slugged 18 home runs, Roache hit .226 with 138 strikeouts while compiling an OPS under .700. With plenty of outfielders already in Milwaukee and others in the system, Roache will be the Brewers breakout prospect in 2015 and show that he belongs.

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Were it not for a wrist injury, there is a good chance that Roache would have never been available when the Brewers’ selection (28th overall) came up in 2012. But after missing almost all of his junior season with injury, he fell into the Brewers lap. Though he couldn’t play in 2012, they knew that they were getting a high upside player in Roache that had as much power as anyone.

This season Roache will join a loaded and underrated Biloxi Shuckers team and big things can be expected. Things were not easy last year, but he continued to swing a powerful bat. Strike outs have been his Achilles heel, but he has still been able to hit 40 home runs in his first two professional seasons. These numbers are better than the 39 that Khris Davis hit in his first two full-seasons and match those of Prince Fielder. After a strong finish to his 2014 campaign, where he batted .282 with a .815 OPS, I expect him to put up monster numbers in 2015.

There is not a player in the system with more raw power than Roache and he will prove that this year. With another season under his belt, Roache will lower his strike out total and see a jump in all major statistical categories. I predict his final numbers to be 28 home runs, 95 RBIs along with a .265 batting average as he again, like Coulter, cements himself as a top ten prospect.