MLB.com recently updated their prospect organizational lists and the Milwaukee Brewers system is filled with talent from top to bottom. With a vast group of high upside players, the Brewers have the best core of prospects that they have had in years. While the Brewers have outstanding pieces throughout their top-30 list, Cy Sneed who didn’t crack the list, was greatly overlooked.
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The Brewers drafted the Sneed last year in the third round of the June draft as their first college arm. Coming off of a great career at Dallas Baptist University, Sneed was an afterthought after the awesome high school selections taken on day one.
Debuting last year in Helena, Sneed had some ups and downs. Though he had many excellent outings his July 11th game in which he allowed earned runs greatly hurt his ERA for the rest of the season. He finished the year going 0-2 with a 5.92 ERA in 38 innings pitched.
This season, Sneed has turned his numbers around and seen much greater success. His win loss record for the year is just a combined 5-8, pitching at both low A Wisconsin and high A Brevard County, but the rest of his numbers are much better. Overall, he has posted a 2.67 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and opponents have batted just .244 against him all year.
His biggest improvement this season has been his command. Last year he walked 14 batters in 38 innings of work, but this season he has walked just 19 in 104.1 innings. This improved command to go along with his 87 strikeouts has been one of the most important factors in his success.
Sneed still has a long way to go, but to see his name again off the top-30 list is insane. With the way he is going now, the 22-year-old prospect should be expected to begin next year in Biloxi as he continues to work his way to the major leagues. He has been overlooked since he was selected on the second day of the 2014 draft and he has continued to show each time out that he is an arm worth mentioning in the system. The Brewers have plenty of top flight arms, but Sneed keeps on showing that he should not be forgotten.