Milwaukee Brewers: The State Of The Farm System

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 02: Brandon Woodruff
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 02: Brandon Woodruff /

After the blockbuster trade to acquire Christian Yelich, the Milwaukee Brewers farm system took a hit.

The new MLB Pipeline rankings leave the Milwaukee Brewers with not a lot left in the tank. Losing Lewis Brinson takes out a top name, but the depth of the team is more than enough to handle it. However, the loss of Isan Diaz and Monte Harrison took out some other potential names.

Diaz is in the top rankings for second baseman, but he is not in the top 100. Harrison cracks the list for the first time this season checking in at 71. Brinson sits 27, and would have been the highest Brewer on the list.

Who Is On The List

The top prospect from the Milwaukee Brewers now is Keston Hiura. He is above Diaz on the second baseman ratings and sits at 56. He is also going to be at Spring Camp. His bat is what is most exciting about him.

Next on the list is Corbin Burnes at 69. To me, that is a little low, because he is lights out. So far in his career he posts only impressive numbers. Through two seasons of work, he looks like an amazing talent. He will also be at Spring Camp.

Brandon Woodruff checks in as the third and final Brewers prospect on the list at 96. It would seem that he will graduate from the rankings early on, as he is in real contention for the starting rotation to start 2018.

The Fallout

With only three players on the list, they lost two more. Harrison and Brinson both appear for Miami now. So on the surface it seems there is a giant hit taken by the Milwaukee Brewers farm system following the trade.

But honestly, there was not that much damage done. The young outfield depth is more than enough, it just all happens to be at the MLB level. As far as other positions go, the loss of Diaz is not huge because of Mauricio Dubon, who could be starting at second this season.

Other positions are doing well also. Lucas Erceg will be a high ranking prospect in the farm systems for the Brewers and poses as a future starter at third. The pitchers aren’t bad either. With a bounce back season from Luis Ortiz, the pitchers are looking good as well.

The State Of The Farm

It is good. Obviously it is better before the Yelich deal, but it is not severely hurt. The fact of the matter is that there is a lot of young talent at the MLB level already. So while the organizations prospects remain solid, they don’t need to be top of the line.

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Bottom line is that despite the rankings, the team is in good shape. The MLB level is what matters most, and the youth and control of the Milwaukee Brewers lineup are making the future bright. When the top 30 for the Crew come out it will affirm the remaining strength of the farm.