Milwaukee Brewers: Two Draft Picks Get National Publicity


So you still think the don’t have a good farm system? You are buying into the hype that the system was sold off and cupboard is bare? Well, isn’t. Not only are there four Brewers found in the top-100 prospects in all of baseball, but recently Jonathan Mayo has highlighted two Brewers’ among players who are off to the best start after the 2015 draft. Here is a look at those prospects who are opening eyes.

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The first player noted was outfielder, Demi Orimoloye. While much of the list is filled with players selected in the top three rounds, this fourth rounder is looking like a Brewers’ steal. Orimoloye is a five-tool talent who has shined in the Arizona Rookie League. In 32 games, Orimoloye is batting .278 with six home runs, 17 steals and an .818 OPS. While his strikeout rate is high and his walk rate is extremely low, this slugging outfielder who is just 18-years-old has all the makings of a superstar.

The other player mentioned on the list is pitcher, Cody Ponce, who was the team’s second round pick. In nine appearances (six starts) Ponce has been dominating. So far he has struck out 24 batters, kept his walk rate down with a tidy ERA of just 1.86. Pitching already in the Midwest League, the 21-year-old flame-thrower looks poised to fly through the Brewers’ organization. Though he is vastly underrated now (ranked as the team’s 30th best prospect according to he could be another top-100 MLB prospect soon.

The organization is not in as bad of shape as everyone says and articles like Mayo’s is great proof of that. With solid trades and back to back outstanding drafts, the Brewers system is getting closer to being a top-10 in all of baseball. The rebuild is upon us and if they keep adding talent like these two it is not going to take as long as everyone expects.

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