Milwaukee Brewers: Minor League Camp, Hitters Edition
By Trevor Hooth
With 10 guys, this is a big group. However, as seen with guys like Jake Gatewood, young players at this position are subject to move.
This 22 year old has played as high as Carolina, which is where Luis Aviles spent all of 2017. He hit .232. What he does flash is great speed, stealing 38 bases while only getting caught eight times. If he can get on more he will be deadly on the base paths, he just needs to bring his strikeouts down.
It was a tale of two seasons for Jean Carmona in 2017. The 18 year old hit over .300 for the DSL Brewers to start. But when was assigned to the ASL team he played in 13 games with a .146 batting average.
The Player To Be Named Later in the Tyler Thornburg deal hit .238 for the DSL Brewers in 2017. Yeison Coca will look to regain the swings of his debut year in the Red Sox organization in 2016, where he hit .308.
Bad luck fell over the Brewers 2016 37th round pick as Jomar Cortes has been injured for the last year. In 2016, he collected 11 at bats and one hit. In September of 2017 he was activated from the DL, so he will have something to prove this season.
As the sixth round selection in the most recent draft, Devin Hairston went straight to Wisconsin. The soon to be 22 year old played in 44 games and hit .210. On the defensive side of the ball, he committed 10 errors in 180 chances.
After starting the year with Wisconsin, a sub .200 batting average got Gilbert Lara sent down to Helena. However, in July he was placed on the 60 day DL list. He was finally activated in October. The 20 year old will hope to turn things around from last year.
This Oregon State product played for Wisconsin for all of 2017. He hit in the very low .200s, largely due to his 110 strikeouts in 93 games. Trever Morrison totaled 46 games at shortstop and 42 at second, both with a fielding percentage under .970.
Shane Opitz is new to the Brewers organization, as he was signed at the end of January. He profiles to start with Colorado Springs after hitting .252 with the Toronto Blue Jays Triple A affiliate in 2017.
The Brewers signed Antonio Pinero out of Venezuela in 2016. He will be 19 in March, and still has some growing to do. His offense is steadily improving, as he hit .236 with Helena last year. But he is shaky with the glove, committing 17 errors at shortstop last season.
For a shortstop, Nick Roscetti has a pretty big frame. He is 6’3″ and 190 pounds. The 24 year old Iowa product spent the whole season with Helena, hitting .264. His fielding percentage sat at .945, and he did see 59 innings at third base.