Take a look at the Milwaukee Brewers top 30 prospect list on MLB.com and many names stand out. On the list you will find plenty of talent, which the league greatly underrates. But one name that is missing from the list is Michael Ratterree. While he doesn’t have the tools as several of the other high upside Brewers prospects, Ratterree has the power and the skills to be a quality future contributor at the major league level.
Drafted out in the 10th of the 2013 draft out of Rice, Ratterree has shown that he has awesome power in his season and a half as a professional. During the 2013 season with the Helena Brewers, Ratterree slugged 12 home runs and while batting .314 with a .976 OPS and was among league leaders in almost every single offensive category. These awesome numbers allowed him to earn honors as the Pioneer League Most Valuable Player.
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Last season, while he took a step back with his batting average (.235) and struck out 154 times, Ratterree still remained a big time power threat. He finished the Midwest League season with 18 home runs, 33 doubles and an .802 slugging percentage. He also showed off his defensive skills by winning a Gold Glove in the outfield.
Ratterree may never be a star in the league, but with power and a strong glove he could certainly have a future as a steady fourth outfielder with thump off the bench. He should begin this season at high A Brevard County with fellow slugger Clint Coulter. He many not have the raw power of Victor Roache or the all around skill-set as Coulter, but if Ratterree can continue to put up the big numbers he has shown throughout his professional career he will surely get a look in the future with the Brewers organization regardless of what the national pundits think.