Remember when every single prospect list and rankings had almost zero Milwaukee Brewers farmhands on it? Well, that time is in the past. Not only are Brewers taking over and climbing the charts in MLB.com’s list, but they are getting recognition in other places, too. Recently, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports compiled an all-minor league team and five Brewers were found on that list. Here the Brewers that stood out on his list.
Orlando Arcia SS Biloxi Shuckers
Arcia is the best player in the system and everyone that has seen him play notes that he is a special talent. No longer just a slick-fielding shortstop, Arcia batted .307 and led the Southern League in doubles. He was noted as an honorable mention on the list. At just 21-years-old, he is a star in the making and it is only a matter of time until he takes over shortstop in Milwaukee.
Brett Phillips OF Biloxi Shuckers
Phillips showed little power over his first two years as a professional, but he has certainly tapped into it now. Last year he hit 17 homers and he followed it up this year with another 16. Splitting between High A and AA this season he batted .309 and was an extra base machine. Not only does he bring a strong bat, but he has a solid glove and plays the game with passion. He was a first team outfielder on the list.
Domingo Santana OF Colorado Springs Sky Sox/ Milwaukee Brewers
Santana has massive raw power and it has shown in his time in Milwaukee. Though he does strike out a lot, he has shown patience at the plate and the ability to hit for high average as he has currently raised his average to .300 as a Brewer after batting .333 in AAA. He has opened eyes so much in Milwaukee that the team is even considering keeping him in centerfield for 2016.
Jorge Lopez SP Biloxi Shuckers
Lopez has been nearly unhittable all year with the Shuckers all season. He was not only the Southern League pitcher of the year, but he also finished the season with the second best league ERA just behind teammate, Tyler Wagner. With an impressive curveball, Lopez looks to continue to climb the ladder as he has the makings of a future mid-rotation starter.
Cy Sneed SP Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Brevard County Manatees
Sneed hasn’t gotten much attention (besides the coverage of him at Reviewing the Brew) but he put together quite the year. He not only had a 2.58 combined ERA, but he also walked just 28 batters in nearly 140 innings. He isn’t on any of the team’s top prospect lists, but he continues to pitch like one.
Not only are these players on the list, but many others are well deserving. Jorge Ortega and Tyler Wagner both led their respective leagues in ERA. Trent Clark has an awesome start to career in Helena, while outfielders Michael Reed and Victor Roache had great years. Even Josh Hader and Adrian Houser, who were the two pitchers acquired from Houston were excellent.
The present is sad and frustrating at times in Milwaukee, but with talent like this all around the system, it is hard not to get excited about what the future will bring.