As we come to a close on listing the Brewer’s top prospects, one name is clearly missing and for most fans the name is pretty obvious. Orlando Arcia. His off-season awards include Breakout Prospect of the Year, 2015 Brewers Minor League Player of the Year, and Rawlings Gold Glove Award for his great defense at SS as he batted .307/.347/.453 with 8 HRs, 69 RBIs for the AA Biloxi Shuckers. I’d say he’s pretty good. So, why is he at #3 and not at #1?
At #1, Corey Seager is a familiar name as he was a September call-up and has been seen in Dodger blue. He started out the 2015 season in AA and combining the numbers with AAA, he batted .293/.344/.487 along with 18 HRs and 76 RBIs. And during the 27 games in Dodger blue he swung .337/.425/.561 with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs. Easy to see why Seager got the upper nod above Arcia.
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As for #2, J.P. Crawford was just about at the same level as Arcia as he split time between A+ and AA, but spent the majority of his time (86 games) in AA. He batted .288/.380/.414 with 6 HRs, 42 RBIs in the full 2015 season. The scouts are very much impressed by his patience as he had more BBs (63), than Ks (54). Much like his brother, Carl Crawford, he’s got pop in his bat and is expected to raise his HRs over the years to come.
So, fans can see why Seager, with his bigger bat and September call-up would rank ahead of Arcia. But, as for Crawford…only time will tell.
And, like most cases, it seems like we can’t get through a list without seeing a ranking of a Cubs’ prospect. Gleyber Torres comes in at #9. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ fans might recognize the name as he played in the Midwest League for the South Bend Cubs for the majority of the season (119 games). He batted .287/.346/.376 with 3 HRs and 64 RBIs. But, he’ll definitely have to lower his Ks (115) if he hopes to make it to the big leagues one day.