Remember when the Milwaukee Brewers supposedly didn’t have any legitimate prospects? Well they certainly do now. Their system is loaded with talent and the Brewers’ 2015 Arizona Fall League representatives show it. Here is a look at the seven exciting future Brewers who will be fun to watch continually progress this fall.
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One of the four pieces in the Mike Fiers/Carlos Gomez trade, Hader has been outstanding. After being named the pitcher of the year in the California League, Hader has been just as strong this season. Since joining the Shuckers in AA, Hader has posted a 2.94 ERA and opposing batters have hit just .195 against him. Though he has just one win as a Shucker, he has pitched well enough to win in all of his six starts. Pitching in AA all season long, the 21-year-old left hander is not far away from making his Brewers’ debut.
Phillips was the key to the big Gomez/Fiers trade and he has shown why so far. After not hitting a home run in his first two professional seasons, he has added power to his top of the order bat the last two seasons. Not only can he leadoff, run the bases and drive baseball, but he is also an above average defender in centerfield. Viewed as one of the best all-around outfielder prospects in the game, he has a very exciting future.
Another piece of the Astros trade, Houser has found his command in a big way in the middle of the Shuckers’ rotation. In six starts, he has gone a perfect 4-0 with a 1.92 ERA while walking just four batters. At just 22-years-old he is on track to continue to climb the ladder to Colorado Springs next year.
Finally healthy for a full season, Reed has shined in 2015. After excelling in Biloxi and making the all-star team, Reed was promoted to Colorado Springs. Though things have not gone as well so far since he has been there, Reed could use the fall to prove that he deserves a roster spot with Milwaukee in 2016.
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The Brewers’ system is stocked with middle infielders and Rivera is one of the best. Though known mostly for his excellent glove, Rivera had a great first half with his bat in Biloxi. While he has cooled off a bit at the plate, he still has all the tools to compete for the Brewers’ second base job in the near future.
With so many strong pitchers in the system, Barnes is a bit of a no-name, but it is not because he hasn’t produced. This season, mainly as a reliever he has held opposing batters to a .265 batting average while striking out 84 batters in 72.2 innings. If he can continue to get the job done, he could eventually work his way into the Brewers’ bullpen down the road.
Magnifico has been magnificent this season. Appearing in 40 games out of the bullpen this year he has a 1.20 ERA with 18 saves in 20 chances. The former fifth round pick has come into his own this season and he has the makings of a future late inning arm.