Milwaukee Brewers Prospects: #23 Trey Supak
Sitting at the 23rd ranking among the Milwaukee Brewers prospects is pitcher Trey Supak.
The righty has dropped nine slots from last years list, where he sat as the number 14 prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Supak was taken by the Pirates back in 2014, but he did not stay in the organization very long. In December of 2015 Supak, along with Keon Broxton, was sent to the Crew in return for Jason Rodgers.
He made it to Carolina last season, pitching in 15 games with an ERA of 4.60. Supak’s kryptonite at that level was homeruns, giving up 12 in that short stint alone. The 21 year old will need to work on keeping the ball in the yard this season.
Supak is another top prospect with a big frame. He stands 6’5″ tall and he throws pretty hard. Usually he will sit in the low 90’s with his fastball, but it can hit 95 when he reaches back. He creates flyballs more than anything, however as he continues to improve on throwing downhill, that is subject to change.
As far as secondary pitches go, he flashes good control of a curveball, which grades out the same as his fastball. He will also show a changeup with decent fade. Gaining control on his fastball and polishing of the offspeed stuff is what will help him moving forward.
Over 133.1 innings playing for both Carolina and Wisconsin, Supak proved pretty difficult to hit. He held opposing batters to a .212 batting average with 110 strikeouts. However, when isolating just Carolina, those numbers turn into a .241 average and 57 strikeouts in 72.1 innings.
As stated before, his homerun numbers were exceedingly high while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers Advanced A team. But that is somewhat to be expected based on his flyball tendency. Supak did not walk a ton of batters, 38 total in 2017, so he does show command of the strike zone. Based on the homers, he just catches too much of the plate at times.
How Does He Project?
MLB Pipeline says he projects to be a mid level starter. In order to reach that ceiling, Supak will need to find the corners with all three pitches a little bit better. Throwing downhill will be a tremendous help for him, given his height.
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One option to consider is Supak as a potential closer in the future. The shorter stints will allow him to sit closer to 95 with his fastball. When adding in his curve, that two pitch mix should go over pretty well in that kind of role. But his three pitches are all pretty good, so he will continue to work into his projection to the Milwaukee Brewers rotation.