Milwaukee Brewers Prospects: #16 Jean Carmona
By Trevor Hooth
An infielder by the name of Jean Carmona sits as the Milwaukee Brewers number 16 prospect.
The 18 year old product out of the Dominican Republic fell three spots from where he ended the 2017 season. As expected, Carmona ended last season with the AZL Brewers. He will likely be back in rookie ball to start 2018. But the Milwaukee Brewers have a very promising player.
Carmona is a switch hitter that so far has displayed power from both sides of the plate. At his young age, he will fill out his 6’1″ frame as he matures, which will only add to his tools. With the bat coming around with maturity, his legs can come around with instruction. He can turn into a fairly solid base stealer with his 55 grade running, with the correct guidance.
Defensively, his arm is strong enough to be a shortstop as he progresses through the minors. His athleticism and instincts will carry his defensive potential. However, there is a chance he outgrows the position as he fills out his frame, according to MLB Pipeline.
Carmona’s inaugural season to professional baseball went really well. It was in the Dominican Summer League, and he hit very well. He hit .302 in 47 games with seven triples and 22 walks. It was an excellent start.
Following that is when Carmona appeared in the Arizona League for 13 games. That did not go as well, ending with a .146 batting average through 48 at bats. He did blast his first career homer during his limited time. He will be seeing more playing time at this level in the coming year.
How Does He Project?
The exact words used in his profile are “impactful player at the highest level,” and that makes sense. If he does outgrow shortstop, it will be interesting to see where he ends up. Probably third base due to his arm strength.
Either way, the Milwaukee Brewers seem to have a switch hitter with some pop on the way up. As he gets older and closer to the MLB, he will likely move up on the prospect list. That comes with the obvious caveat of him performing.
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It is always good to have some infielders with a bat coming up. The Milwaukee Brewers have a very projectable player on the infield. The good part is that by the time he is ready, there will be a more obvious picture of how he fits on the team.