There are some physically big guys in this group. With all of the potential first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers, these guys have an uphill battle.
This 26 year old spent all of last season in Biloxi. Dustin Demuth played in 116 games with a .244 batting average and nine homers to show for it. He has played third and barely in the corner outfield during his career as well.
For two straight professional seasons Gabriel Garcia has hit exactly .300, which is quite impressive. His homerun numbers went from two in 2016 to nine in 2017, but to be fair he played in double the games. The 20 year old has yet to play above Rookie ball, as he spent all of 2017 with the Helena Brewers.
One of the more exciting names is the 16th ranked prospect 2017, Jake Gatewood. His bat is coming around, but the biggest question mark with him has been defense. Not performance, just where he will play. He was drafted as a shortstop in 2014 and has since moved to third and ultimately first. The 22 year old hit .264 across two levels in 2017.
The 2016 23rd round pick came out of the gates hot, hitting .321 with 17 homeruns. But in 2017, Ronnie Gideon hit .228 with 14 homers in almost double the games. He strikes out a lot, and that is what kills his batting average. That being said he is showing some good pop from the right side of the plate.
Size is something that Ernesto Martinez has in spades. The lefty is 6’6″ and 225 pounds…oh yeah, and he is only 18 years old. He could develop into a real slugger, but he is not there quite yet. In 2017 he got 155 at bats and hit .232 with only three homers. But, he is still very young.
Yet another big bodied guy is Pat McInerney. The University of Illinois product has 50 games under hit belt as a professional. He did club nine homers to go along with a .243 batting average for the AZL Brewers.
Though originally a third baseman, Weston Wilson saw more time at first in 2017. He split time between Carolina and Wisconsin last season, hitting for a combined .254 average with eight home runs.