2011 first round draft choice Taylor Jungmann is getting it done at the major league level with the Milwaukee Brewers after years of struggle in the minor leagues. After an up and down start to his minor league career, 2012 first round pick, Victor Roache, who I predicted would be a breakout star in the system before the year began, is starting to turn it on in AA and prove that he has a big future in Milwaukee.
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Since the time he was drafted, Roache was known for his power. Were it not for an injury that he experienced his junior year in college that kept him out for the rest of the season and the summer, Roache would most likely not have been on the board when the Brewers selected late in the draft. But after falling to the Brewers at pick number 28, he has continued to show that his power stroke is there by hitting 54 home runs so far in his first three minor league seasons.
After a strong start in 2013 in which he hit 22 home runs and drove in 74, Roache took a step backwards in 2014 when he batted just .212 while homering 18 times. This poor season caused him to start the year again in Brevard County this season.
Though he started there this year he showed that he was ready for a promotion quickly by being among league leaders in many power categories in the Florida State League. Through 63 games Roache homered 10 times, slugged .448 and added 11 doubles. These great numbers led to his recent promotion to Biloxi.
At Biloxi, while he struggled early on, Roache has shown again why he has one of the strongest bats in the system. Not only has he shown impressive growth by taking home the Southern League Player of the Year honors, but he also has been able to bat .361 over his last 10 games including five multi-hit games. This great stretch has helped him to have a .267 batting average with five home runs and 27 RBIs in just 29 AA games.
With many in the system having great seasons in 2015, Roache has made some of the biggest strides. After a season of struggle in 2014, this season he has greatly righted the ship. The outfield is crowded with talent both in Milwaukee and in the minors but if Roache he will be the Brewers next great slugger.