FanSided is conducting a “Faux Offseason” and we here at Reviewing the Brew are in charge of the Milwaukee Brewers fate.
We made our first move, and it was a mock trade with the Baltimore Orioles. They were willing to pay a price that other teams weren’t. In the end it worked out very well for both of these theoretical teams.
Losing Broxton is something that the team is more than likely going to do in real life. The question lies in where is worth is. When going through the process there were plenty of suitors. In the end it came down to talks with the Orioles and Mariners.
With all of the MLB ready outfielders in the system it our goal to get the best amount of value we could from Broxton. He is very talented, but does not fit anymore. That is an unfortunate part of the business of baseball.
Meet the new guys
Both of these pitchers are ranked by MLB Pipeline in the top 30 of the Orioles system. To get a lefty and a righty is a great value for Broxton.
The number 16 prospect in the O’s system spent the 2017 season in A ball. He threw to the tune of an 11-5 record with a 2.38 ERA. What is more amazing is that he struck out 113 while only walking 10 batters. He looks to be a very solid prospect throwing from the left side.
At 20 years old, Wells still is growing. But he already has all of the base tools. He just needs some polishing to be the best he can be. His fastball will stick in the upper 80’s, but he has excellent control that makes his pitches even better.
After this trade, he would need to translate into the Milwaukee Brewers top 30. I would project him between 15 and 17. This would mean he fits in somewhere right after Monte Harrison, and right before KJ Harrison.
There is potential for Dietz as a starter, however he has promise of a solid late inning reliever. While his fastball will sit in the low to mid 90’s, but there is more when he reaches back. Right now, he is the number 24 prospect in the O’s system.
It was a down year in 2017. That had a lot to do with a decline in his control. However, as the top junior college prospect in the 2016 draft he showed excellent control. That tells us as faux GMs that there is a small hitch that can be fixed. When that happens, Dietz will be on the right track.
After his down season, Dietz won’t drop out of the top 30 in Baltimore, however it puts that status with the Crew in question. Best guesses suggest he would slide into the 28-30 range. That would drop Carlos Herrera off of the list.
Overall, this is a great deal for the Milwaukee Brewers. To get to top 30 prospects straight up for Broxton is better than we could have hoped for going in. This adds more dynamic list of potential arms. It even adds a lefty to the future rotation.