Milwaukee Brewers Should Move Victor Roache to First Base

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Milwaukee Brewers’ prospect, Victor Roache has extreme raw power. This was shown in college when he led the NCAA in home runs and again shown in the minor leagues as he has continued to crush the baseball.

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Currently, in his second season at High A Brevard County, Roache has been subjected to a designated hitter role. Playing in both a system and for a team that has sorely lacked a first baseman, the Brewers’ should consider making a position change with the 23-year-old slugger.

Over the course of the past two seasons, Roache’s bat has certainly not lacked thump. In 2013, his first minor league season, even though Roache missed the start, he was still able to slug 22 home runs (tying a Timberrattlers single-season record). Last season, while he struggled out of the gates, he was still able to finish the year with 18 homers.

This year he has gotten off to a fast start while playing in Brevard County again. Playing in a lineup with fellow 2012 draft pick Clint Coulter, Roache is off to his best start yet. Though his first 10 games, Roache is batting .297 with two home runs and a .906 OPS.

No longer viewed as a top-10 prospect in the organization according to MLB.com, Roache has the talent to get back into that discussion with a strong season. If he can find a way to limit his strikeouts again, his future can be bright again though even with the ever improving system around him.

One of the things that could hold the prospect back is his position. The farm system is loaded with high profile minor league outfielders like Tyrone Taylor, Coulter, Monte Harrison, Michael Reed, and Kyle Wren. Already behind the eight ball while DHing, it makes sense to at least try the slugger out at first base. Though the position is much more difficult than many think the switch could be in the team’s and Roache’s best interests. With the position being among the weakest in the whole minor leagues, moving to first would give Roache a clear path to the major leagues and a true shot at being an everyday player in the future.

The Brewers were lucky to have Roache land in their laps on draft day now they need to capitalize to see his success come into focus in the future at Miller Park.

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