When the Milwaukee Brewers drafted Victor Roache in 2012 they got the best collegiate power bat available and he is starting to show why. After a somewhat disappointing 2014, Roache reasserted himself as a top-flight bat in the system. Here is a look at why Roache is ranked as our 21th best Brewers’ prospect.
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Power is the first word that comes to mind when speaking of Roache and the 24-year-old outfielder has some of the best raw power in the entire system. When he squares up on the ball, it jumps off of his bat. In 371 career games as a professional, Roache has 58 homers and an OPS of .742.
Throughout the first half of this season, Roache hammered the ball in his second go-around in the Florida State League. In 63 games there he slugged 10 homers and OPS of .773 and was among league leaders in many offensive categories. These strong numbers helped to earn a promotion to AA Biloxi.
While many struggle upon promotions to this level, Roache continued to shine. Entering an already fearsome Shuckers’ lineup, Roache became the team’s most feared weapon. He homered eight times, had 14 more extra-base hits and was a clutch bat in many big games for the Shuckers.
He still has flaws in his game, including his high strikeout rate and low walk rate, but this season he continued to show maturity and his power, which looks like it could be a big factor at some point at the major league level.
Since the time he was drafted, Roache has been one of my favorites and I remain to have hope that he can be a big-time player in this organization. With the probability that he will be added to the 40-man roster this winter, I expect Roache to start the year in Biloxi and finish it in Colorado Springs. While promotion to Milwaukee isn’t out of the question in 2016, I expect to see his debut with the Brewers coming in 2017.