Milwaukee Brewers: The Next, Next Great Young Outfielder
There are a lot of young and talented outfielders in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Enough to believe that one will be on the move soon.
Several rumors surround outfielders in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, and at the MLB level. Domingo Santana obviously carries the most weight. But there is also Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips, and Keon Broxton. Teams may even draw interest to Corey Ray and Monte Harrison. I would include Kyle Wren because he is valuable in his own right.
Though not included among this group yet, Je’Von Ward one day will be. This 18 year old sits at number 29 on the Brewers prospect list. That makes sense based on his age and the fact that he is still very raw.
The 2017 12th round pick made his professional debut for the Arizona Brewers after the draft. He hit .276. Though he projects well, his strikeouts were a little out of hand in the Rookie League. However, at 18 there is plenty of time to adjust and improve upon that.
What the Milwaukee Brewers love about Ward is his size. He stands at 6’5″ and 190 pounds. That leaves room for power to grow as he fills out. But that size is something to be excited about as he progresses through the farm system.
Even with the room for power to grow, and it should, Wards best tool is his speed. Can you imagine a 6’5″ monster driving a ball to the gap and flying around the bases? Because that could be coming.
From the left side of the plate, Ward grades out at 60 run and 50 power. To put that in perspective, Brinson’s grades for the same tools are both 60. So imagine a larger and left handed Lewis Brinson at the plate who hits slightly less homers.
A lot can happen in the coming years. Ward is not expected to debut with the Milwaukee Brewers until the year 2021. However, based on his raw tools and the development ability of Milwaukee, good things are coming. Now they just need a spot in their outfield.
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The main issue is having a spot prepared. When Ward becomes MLB ready, the current outfield log jam will(hopefully) be without Braun. But everyone else will be at or near their prime. Who is to say what will happen then, but hopefully Ward develops as he should.