Milwaukee Brewers: New MLB.com’s Prospect List Filled With Stars
Remember when the Milwaukee Brewers system was regarded as weak and lacking talent? Well those days are gone. Not only do the Brewers now have two players, Orlando Arcia and Trent Clark in the top 100 MLB.com prospects, but the top-30 in their system is loaded with talent.
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By moving to the 14th spot overall, Arica made the biggest jump in the entire system. His breakout year has vaulted him into being touted as one of the best prospects in all of baseball. Once thought of as a glove first shortstop, Arcia has taken his game to a new level over the last two seasons. With speed and the ability to drive the ball into gaps, he has a real future to be a star in Milwaukee.
Clark, who was taken with the team’s first pick this season also cracked the top 100 prospect list at number 86. Through his first 20 games as a professional he has impressed, hitting .299 with one home and seven extra base hits. His short, compact swing helped him to be viewed as one of the best bats heading into the draft.
Rounding out the rest of the top five, the Brewers have Tyrone Taylor (3) who looks to have all the makings of a future center fielder, Gilbert Lara (4) the 17-year-old shortstop prospect who may have the biggest upside in the entire organization and the slugging Clint Coulter (5) whose impressive power makes him one of the most feared bats in the Florida State League.
The rest of the top ten includes last year’s top three picks pitcher Kodi Medeiros (8), Monte Harrison (9), Jake Gatewood (10). Pitcher Devin Williams and the highly impressive Jorge Lopez are also ranked six and seven respectively.
Others from this past year’s draft include pitcher Nathan Kirby (11) who was the ace at the University of Virgina, Demi Orimoloye a possible five-tool outfield prospect and pitcher Cody Ponce a pitcher who could fly through the system.
Some players who have been up and down as Brewers also appear on this list. These players include pitchers Tyler Wagner, David Goforth and Tyler Cravy. All three of these arms appear to have significant roles in the next few years.
The Brewers also have many underrated players in their system as well. Taylor Williams who surprised in spring training, but has faced injury this season and has yet to pitch all year and is currently ranked at 13. Outfielder Victor Roache had a difficult 2014, but so far this season he has been on a tear. Though he may have the most power in the system, he is currently ranked at 18.
While many continue to state that the Brewers have no prospects, just simply taking a glance at the updated list proves any doubter wrong. The future is bright in Milwaukee and as these players start working their way toward Milwaukee, a rebuild will not take as long as many expect.