It has been very well documented that the Milwaukee Brewers organization lacks talent at third base, but one position that may be even weaker is catcher. This fall things got even worse behind the plate as top prospect, Clint Coulter began making the switch from behind the plate to the outfield. With few high ranking prospects in the system, any additions would be a good thing for the club.
Recently the Brewers have made an attempt to fortify the position by signing New Zealand catcher, Beau Bishop, to a minor league deal. While not much is known about the prospect, he has a chance to strengthen the system and shore-up the position.
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Manager Ron Roenicke got his first glimpse of Bishop on his recent trip to New Zealand. He was able to impress Roenicke enough during this visit that he was given a contract offer and an opportunity to play in the United States as a professional.
This is Bishop’s second shot to make it in the minor leagues. His first chance came with the Boston Red Sox when he signed in 2012 as an 18-year-old. During his 18 games (parts of two seasons) as a professional he struggled, getting just 10 hits in 58 at-bats with 18 strikeouts.
Now 21-years-old, Bishop looks to have much better success in his second attempt to make it to the major leagues. While he is a long shot to ever make it, his depth could be big to the organization. His success could also help to open up baseball to a whole new part of the world where talent is growing and give new opportunities to his fellow New Zealand natives.