Milwaukee Brewers: Hitters to know for the Rule 5 draft
Following the deadline to add players to the 40 man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft, the Milwaukee Brewers have one spot open.
That means they have the potential to take one player in the Rule 5 draft. This would mean that the player should be ready to play in the MLB. Per the rules the player would have to stay on the roster for the entirety of the 2018 season.
There is a chance they could take a pitcher. However, there are some hitters worth paying attention to.
C/1B Max Pentecost, Toronto Blue Jays
As the number eight prospect in the Toronto organization, the odds would appear that he will be selected by someone. The Milwaukee Brewers may be able to find use for him. But the fact that he played only as high as A ball makes that unlikely. Though the minor league round could be where he leaves the team.
1B Jhoan Urena, New York Mets
This switch hitter can play third as well. He ranks as the 15th ranked prospect in the Mets organization. But on the flip side his .227 batting average at the Triple A level does not show his readiness for the MLB level. That being said he looks to have a pretty bright future and could be worth a look.
2B/SS/OF Chesny Young, Chicago Cubs
Young is more than likely the best option for the picking. He his .256 at the Triple A level in 2017, but he can play several different positions. That kind of flexibility would be nice to have out of a guy who is growing into his potential. Right now, his rank is 16 in the Cubs fairly weak system.
2B/3B Travis Demeritte, Atlanta Braves
Though he is only in Double A, the strength of the Braves system gives him credibility. As the 12 ranked prospect, Demeritte has plenty of potential. As an infielder he could help the Milwaukee Brewers. His .231 average may not jump off of the page, however he did hit 15 homers.
OF Victor Reyes, Arizona Diamondbacks
A season in the Double A level ended with a .292 batting average. He could potentially be a fourth outfielder if, say, Keon Broxton gets moved. At the rank of 19 in the organization, he shows to be a solid future outfielder
3B Patrick Wisdom, St. Louis Cardinals
Wisdom is ready for the MLB level. Though he is not on the Cardinals top 30 list, he is still a good player. He was passed over last season in the Rule 5, but it is doubtful to happen again. He spent the full season in Triple A with 31 homers. A possible move to second could give him playing time, or just use him as backup around the infield. Behind Young, he is the second serious option.
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This could be the opportunity to grab a player that adds to the young talent on the Milwaukee Brewers. But the pick needs to be selected wisely. In the recent years this has not been a very good draft for the team.