Milwaukee Brewers Prospects: Jake Gatewood Seeing Time at Third

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If there is one place that the Milwaukee Brewers have the most amount of depth in their system, it is in the middle infield. Not only do they have Jean Segura and Scooter Gennett at the major league level, but they also have top prospect Orlando Arcia and other slick fielding middle infielders Luis Sardinas and Yadiel Rivera who will be pushing for time, too. With all of this depth, it is hard to be a shortstop at the low levels in the Brewers system.

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Just like last season as Clint Coulter moved from catcher to the outfield, Josh Norris of Baseball America noted that it appears that the Brewers’ may look to shuffle slugging shortstop prospect, Jake Gatewood to third base, saying he has seen time there in the instructional league. With a bat that would play well at the position, this switch could help Gatewood to quicken his progress to the majors.

While the 20-year-old Gatewood did have some struggles at times this season, his development shown in the Pioneer League during the second half showed exactly why the Brewers were lucky to get him with the 41st pick. In 54 games in Helena, Gatewood homered six times, doubled 23 times and had a .807 OPS.

Not only is there a ton of depth at shortstop already in the system, but one of the other top prospects, Gilbert Lara plays short, too. As mentioned in the Baseball America article that Gatewood hasn’t played third since Little League, I think the move is a great idea going forward for Milwaukee. With the body (6’5” 190) and bat for third, Gatewood could give the Brewers a major threat at the position going forward. While he is still years away, getting a top-caliber prospect at third could bring more success in the Brewers’ bright future.

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