Milwaukee Brewers: Drafting The Future Infield

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Aug 17, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; General view of Miller Park during the game between the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. Miami won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; General view of Miller Park during the game between the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. Miami won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Now that the Milwaukee Brewers own an incredibly deep and promising farm system, the suspense of when the top prospects make the jump to the majors is becoming greater and greater.

Looking ahead to when the Milwaukee Brewers get back to the nail-biting playoff baseball in October, we will examine who will be placed on the lineup card on a daily basis.

In this list we will start with a completely clean slate, meaning that no current Brewer will have a spot on this team.

Top Infield Prospects:  Isan Diaz, Lucas Erceg, Mauricio Dubon, Garrett Cooper, Jacob Nottingham.

These options are based on players on the Brewers Top 30 prospect list with a few exceptions.

Players career Minor League stats through May 8.

Isan Diaz: 2B, SS, ( 4 seasons)  Age 20, .277/.363/.487, 41 home runs, 168 RBIs
Current team: Carolina MudCats High-A

Lucas Erceg: 3B, ( 2 seasons) Age 22, .296/.343/.460, 11 home runs, 61 RBIs
Current team: Carolina MudCats High-A

Mauricio Dubon: 2B, SS,  ( 5 seasons) Age 22, .303/.354/.403, 15 home runs, 162 RBIs
Current Team: Biloxi Shuckers Double-A

Garrett Cooper: 1B, ( 5 seasons) Age 26, .296/.359/.449, 33 home runs, 214 RBIs
Current Team: Colorado Spring Sky Sox

Jacob Nottingham: C, ( 5 seasons) Age 22, .261/.330/.407, 34 home runs, 172 RBIs
Current Team: Biloxi Shuckers Double-A

Since most of these players have not seen the upper Minor Leagues, predictions will be based on their current success at their respected level.

While it appears that Diaz and Erceg project to man second and third base, where would that leave Mauricio Dubon? Dubon will most likely be in Milwaukee before Diaz and  Erceg, since he is in Double-A. By the time Diaz and Erceg are ready for the Major League debut, Dubon could have already made his MLB debut and solidified his position in the Brewers infield.

Once Erceg and Diaz do make it to Milwaukee, Diaz will take over second base and in the process, Erceg will push Dubon from third over to short stop.

As for first base, the favorite right now is Sky Sox stud Garrett Cooper. Since Cooper isn’t on the top 30 prospect list, he is not likely to unseat the current first baseman on the roster, but we have no other first basemen in the Minors that appear to be on the Major League radar, so we’ll have to make an exception.

Cooper, who is currently a phone call away at Triple-A is absolutely tearing up the Pacific Coast League. This season, Cooper has hit six home runs and owns a slash line of .346/.383/.617. The big righty could be a force in this teams future lineup.

Finally, behind the plate, the Brewers would have the power hitting Jacob Nottingham. If Nottingham, who already possesses a cannon of an arm, can develop into the player the Brewers are hoping for, then the fans in the left field bleachers are in for quite a treat once he takes his first swings at the Major League level.

Currently, he is having a down year in Double-A, but he has at least two years to work out the kinks and become a productive Major League catcher.

Next: Which Prospect Will Arrive In Milwaukee First?

The future Brewers infield looks scary all the way around the horn. Brewers fans should all have the same idea that the team will develop into a consistent winner in the not so distant future.

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