Outfielders Part Two
This second, and final, group is headlined by names like Tristen Lutz and Corey Ray.
Lefty hitters are always nice to have, and Jesus Lujano falls under that category. He showed some great speed, and improvement with the bat in 2017 by hitting .255 with 29 steals. The 19 year old out of Venezuela spent last season playing for the AZL Brewers.
After being drafted out of high school, Tristen Lutz required very little adjustment time. During his first season in professional baseball he hit a combined .311 across two rookie level teams. His bat is a very good one thus far. Defensively, he could profile as a first baseman due to his 6’3″ and 210 pound frame.
This 21 year old has been playing professionally since 2014. However, last season Nicolas Pierre looked like his bat is maturing for the first time. As a member of the Helena Brewers, he hit .286. He likely is still growing into his 6’3″ frame, so he might develop more power in the coming years.
Keeping along with the theme of giant outfielders is Demi Orimoloye. The 2015 fourth rounder stands 6’4″ tall and 225 pounds. He spent all of 2017 in Wisconsin where he hit .217 with 11 homers. If he can bring down his 139 strikeouts in 125 games, he might become a great power hitter.
Disappointment is the theme of Corey Ray’s career thus far. After being a first round pick in 2016, he has accumulated a minors batting average of .238. His upside is undeniable, and he is getting better. 2018 will be very telling for him
Following a string of solid seasons starting in 2014, Joantgel Segovia underperformed in 2017. Despite his .220 batting average, he did post a career high in steals. At 21 years of age, he will certainly be looking to bounce back in 2018.
Troy Stokes is a unique combination of power and speed. In 2017 he proved that with 30 steals and 20 homers. It was really the first season he showed the power, however the speed has been there during his whole career.
Not all top prospects make it, and Tyrone Taylor is one that hasn’t yet. He is pretty far removed from when he sat as number one in the organization, but he has yet to play above Double A. Last season in 25 games for Biloxi, he hit .247.
Another player I am very high on is Je’Von Ward. This 18 year old stands at 6’5″, and hit better than expected in 2017. He was the number 29 prospect in the organization last season, and he hit .276 for the AZL Brewers.
The first professional season for Luis Valdez did not go well. Over the course of his first 36 professional games, he hit a meager .178. At only 18 years old, he will grow into being more comfortable at the plate.
There you have it. Every hitter on the original list released by Brewers Player Dev!