The Milwaukee Brewers had a lot of breakout prospects this season, but it can be argued that no one had a bigger breakout than Cy Sneed in his first full season as a professional. This year Sneed dominated at two levels as he climbed the ladder closer to Milwaukee. Even though he is not in the team’s top-30 by MLB.com, here is a look at why he is number 26 on our prospect charts and climbing.
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Though he is vastly underrated in the system, anyone who reads Reviewing the Brew should know that Sneed was outstanding all year long. Starting the year in Class A Wisconsin, Sneed went three and seven with a 2.58 ERA in 15 outings. Not only was he able to command the strike-zone by greatly limiting walks, but hitters batted just .239 against him.
This fast start led to a mid-season promotion to High A Brevard County, where he pitched even better. In his 11 starts in the Florida State League, he went three and four with a 2.47 ERA to prove that he was one of the best pitchers in the league.
His biggest improvement from this season to last season’s debut was his ability to fill-up the strike zone and keep the ball in the park. After finishing last year averaging over three walks per nine innings, Sneed walked just 28 batters in almost 140 innings this year. He also kept the ball in the park, allowing just two home runs all year long.
Next season he will most likely start the year in AA Biloxi, where he will look to repeat his 2015 success and keep Shuckers’ pitchers among the best in the Southern League. No longer flying under the radar, Sneed will be out to prove that he has what it takes to pitch at the next level.