The Milwaukee Brewers farm system is chalked full of pitching prospects. According to MLB.com, 17 of the Brewers top-30 prospects are pitchers and there are several arms off the list that are working their way towards being viewed as a top-prospect, too. Plenty of these prospects are off to a fast start. Here is a look at five April pitching prospects who are off to a great starts:
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Hobbs Johnson didn’t start much in college, but he has developed into quite a starter as a Brewer. Last year he finished the year at Brevard County with a 12-8 record and a 2.93 ERA and he has been even better this season. In two starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA. Though he is only ranked as the 25th best prospect in the system, he is getting the job done at AA Biloxi.
4. Jorge Ortega
Much of the attention with the Brevard County Manatees has gone to sluggers Victor Roache and Clint Coulter, but Jorge Ortega’s first month has opened eyes. In his first four starts he has gone 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA. At 21-years-old and pitching in the Florida State League, Ortega has potential to develop into a major league contributor.
3. Brooks Hall
When the Brewers took Hall off of their 40-man roster earlier this year, they took a chance of losing him. His start in AA has made them thankful that they didn’t. Currently, he is tied for the Southern League Lead with a 0.96 ERA and second in the league with a 0.79 WHIP. He isn’t a top-30 team prospect, but he is pitching like one.
2. Tyler Wagner
Similar to Johnson, Wagner was a reliever throughout all of college, but now that he is in the Brewers’ system he has been an awesome starter. Every year he has pitched in the minor leagues he has finished the year with a top-10 ERA and this year he is on that same track. Finishing the month a perfect 4-0, he is one of the only starters in the minors with four victories.
Kodi Medeiros has yet to win, has an ERA of 3.44, but he has been one of the best surprises in the system. Still just 18-years-old, he has had no problem adjusting to the Midwest League. Through four appearances (two starts) he has an incredible WHIP of 0.82 and he has pitched well enough to win each time out. His impressive start has been a great sign for his future potential.
Who is your Brewers’ minor league pitcher of the month?