Last year was the year of Clint Coulter in the Milwaukee Brewers’ system. The former 2012 first round pick had the best year of his professional career, as he dominated the Midwest League and was able to solidify his status as a top Brewers’ prospect.
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This season, fellow 2012 first round pick Victor Roache has had a similar type season. After falling down the prospect ladder, Roache put together a special season and again opened eyes in the Brewers’ system. Here is a look at his special season.
After beginning the year in Brevard County for the season straight year, Roache proved he was ready for a promotion very quickly. Through his first 63 games Roache was one of the most feared hitters in the pitcher friendly Florida State League. He homered 10 times, while driving in 36 runs and posting an OPS of .773.
He finished by playing the second half of the season in the Biloxi Shuckers AA lineup. Though he was new to the Southern League, Roache quickly became the most powerful bat in the Shuckers’ lineup, too. In 67 AA games, Roache homered eight more times.
While he does have incredible power that was again showcased this season, the 24-year-old Roache still has somethings to work on before finding his way into the lineup in Milwaukee. While he set many career highs at the plate this year, he also struck out 158 times in 130 games (which is similar to his 433 strikeouts in 371 career games). This is something that will need to improve, especially if he is to one day join a lineup that already includes free-swinger, Domingo Santana.
Even after all of the moves and upgrades to the system this season, it is hard to not recognize the potential that Roache could bring to Miller Park. Were he not injured before the 2012 draft, Roache may have been a top-15 pick, as he had as much raw power as any college bat in the draft.
When he connects, the ball goes a long way and after a season like this one, it is hard not to get excited about what he could do one day in Miller Park.