Milwaukee Brewers: Minor League Camp, Hitters Edition
This group is headlined by Lucas Erceg. But there is plenty of other talent to go around between these eight players.
The 2017 ninth round selection put together a solid showing for Helena, hitting over .300. Dallas Carroll found himself playing for Wisconsin after that. In 30 games for them, he hit .261, combining for a .300 average in 2017.
Though listed as a first baseman, Jose Cuas spent all of 2017 playing third. In fact, in his three year career he has 212 innings at first and over 1600 at the hot corner. With a bat in his hands, he hit under .200 for both Carolina and Wisconsin last season.
The man taken four rounds before Carroll is Nick Egnatuk. He only saw time with the AZL Brewers last year. In 33 games he hit .224 with a 33/20 K/BB ratio. Defensively he was not much better, 13 errors and a range factor of 2.33.
Admittedly, I think higher of Lucas Erceg than most. His future just seems so bright. In 2017 he was the number eight prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Through two season the former second round pick has a combined batting average of.283 with 24 homers. He will likely start with Colorado Springs in 2018, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him debut in September.
This soon to be 19 year old has two seasons of professional ball under his belt thus far. His first season saw a batting average under .200. However, in 2017 Aaron Familia looked like a completely different player. In more games he hit .289. But his strikeout rate is not good, 70 times in 59 games.
At 25, Julian Jarrard played his first games as a professional. He did pretty well too, hitting .289 for the AZL Brewers. Most of his appearances came at third, however he did play second base and shortstop as well.
The Brewers 2016 11th round pick spent all of 2017 playing for Helena. Chad McClanahan hit .234, which is much better than the .208 he hit the year prior. His strikeout numbers are still high, but he did walk 39 times in 63 games.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Gabriel Noriega in January to bring him back to the organization. He is very much a utility player. Overall, he has played more shortstop than third. But in 2017, he played more third than any other position.