In 2012, the Milwaukee Brewers had two first round draft picks and they took two very different high-upside talents. With one selection they drafted, the slugging college outfielder Victor Roache and with the other they took a raw high school talent in Clint Coulter. While his first taste of major league baseball didn’t go as planned, here is why Coulter is a major part of the future core in Milwaukee.
In his first full season as a minor leaguer, Coulter struggled through. As a 19-year-old playing years below the league average in the Midwest league, he batted just .207 through 33 minor league games with just three home runs and a .345 slugging percentage.
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Later in the year he was demoted back to Rookie ball to gain confidence. He finished the year playing a combined 70 games with a .244 average and seven homers. While it was a decent finish, it was not the year he or the Brewers were looking for from their former first round pick.
Last year however, Coulter showed why he was so highly touted, as he slugged his way through the Midwest League the second time around. He tore through the league batting .287 with a league leading 22 home runs and 89 RBIs. Even more impressive were his .410 on base percentage and his .930 OPS which also led the league. Many of these great offensive numbers were also among Brewers organizational leaders, too. After walking just 20 times in 2013, he showed great patience by walking 73 times last year.
This past fall, the Brewers moved Coulter to the outfield. By making this move, Coulter is not only expected to see an increase in offensive numbers but I also expect him to move up the ladder even more quickly.
Currently he is rated as the fourth best player in the Brewers’ system according to MLB.com, where they project him to be promoted to the major leagues in 2017. I predict that this call-up could happen as early as mid-season of 2016.
This season Coulter will begin the year at high A Brevard County, but if he continues to sizzle at the plate it won’t be long until he is hitting in the AA Biloxi Shuckers’ lineup that is set to be chalked full of prospects.
Many publications around baseball vastly underrate the Milwaukee system, but with new core players on the way like Coulter, they will show they are much better than advertised. Coulter proved last season that he was well worth a first round pick and this season he will continue to show how talented he really can be. Coulter won’t be in Milwaukee in 2015, but it won’t be long until his deep flies are soaring out of Miller Park.