Milwaukee Brewers: Minor League Camp, Hitters Edition
There are 15 catchers on the list. They span all levels, but each can bring their own talent to the Milwaukee Brewers farm system.
For the last two seasons Luis Avalo has played for the DSL Brewers. The 19 year old catcher hit .268 last season, and looked a lot better than his .202 average in 2016. Defensively, he can also play some first base. Behind the plate he has 10 errors to his name in 64 total games across two years.
The 2017 29th round pick out of Louisiana Tech spent last season split between the AZL and Helena Brewers. He totals an impressive .324 batting average through 30 games. Brent Diaz posted a range factor over eight last season, but threw out eight baserunners in 30 chances.
As the number 22 prospect in 2017, Mario Feliciano is one the more exciting names. He hit .251 in 104 games for the Timer Rattlers last season. The 19 year old is still growing defensively, as he was responsible for nine errors last season. But his bat is coming around very nicely.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Mitch Ghelfi in the late rounds of the 2015 draft. He has made it as high as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. After hitting .304 during his time with Carolina last season, he got the call up to Wisconsin. He played in 17 games, the same as the level below, and hit .211. On the other side of the ball he has made only four errors in three seasons.
Another top prospect from 2017, KJ Harrison sat at 15. After bring a third round pick last year, he proved worthy by hitting .308 with 10 homers for the Helena Brewers. He was mostly used in a DH role, but he did catch 17 games. He looked pretty solid, committing only one error and throwing out seven runners.
This 26 year old catcher was not originally drafted by the Brewers. Tyler Heineman was dealt to the Crew during the 2017 season. He wound up hitting .281 for the Sky Sox, which is right on pace of his .283 career mark.
This 20 year old checks in as the 2016 sixth round selection for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 55 games for Helena last season Payton Henry hit .242 with seven homers. For his career behind the plate, he carries a fielding percentage of .984.
12 rounds after the Brewers took Henry, the selected Cooper Hummel. He hit for a pedestrian .176 in 2016, but at a higher level in 2017 he performed much better. In 59 games for Carolina, he shows a .244 batting average. The 23 year old Portland product showed improvements in ever facet of his game.
One of the more interesting stories is Carlos Leal. He was drafted in 2014. During his lone season playing in 2015 he hit .309 for the Timber Rattlers. He has been on the DL since. He is finally activated. The righty also pitched in six games, but his ERA was over eight.
The 24 year old UConn product was drafted in the 13th round back in 2015. Max McDowell caught 79 games for Wisconsin in 2017 and hit .210. He did, however post an OBP of .318 thanks to his 31 walks. His defensive numbers are solid as well.
Charlie Meyer has a total of nine games as a professional, totaling 14 at bats. He hit .214 across the two levels he has seen. Because of the small sample size, it is hard to know what to expect from the 25 year old.
This 22 year old Grambling State product is another small sample size. In total, Johan Mojica has four at bats. He did not record a hit for the AZL Brewers, but he did score a run.
Nate Rodriguez is about to enter his third professional season for the Brewers. He was a 21st rounder in 2016 and spent all of last year playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In 51 games he hit .221 with a .995 fielding percentage.
As a 2017 38th rounder, Robie Rojas is a nice surprise. Through his first 93 professional at bats, he is hitting .290 with more walks than strikeouts. Overall, he had a very solid debut and certainly is a name to watch.
Another young backstop, Jose Sibrian is 19 years old. He totaled 166 at bats with the AZL Brewers and hit .216. He did prove to be solid defensively, throwing out 16 runners in 25 games. So far, his glove is ahead of his bat.