In the 26th round of the 2016 draft the Milwaukee Brewers selected Nick Roscetti out of Iowa.
Two years later, Nick Roscetti is playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He is lighting up the stat sheet during his first 20 games in full season A ball. The 24 year old has played predominately second base, but in the past has played at short and third as well. The Milwaukee Brewers might have another great infielder on their hands.
So far in 2018, Roscetti is second on the team in batting average and RBI’s. He also boasts the least amount of strikeouts for anyone who has played in over ten games. All that leads to an impressive 123 wRC+ to start the year. The one knock to his season is that he leads the team with five errors.
Based on his past seasons, Roscetti will not strikeout a lot. When looking at his BABIP of over .300 in every season thus far, the low strikeout totals are a good thing. He does not walk much at all. During his 45 games in 2017, he drew a free pass at a 3.8 percent clip.
There is still work to be done with his glove, but he is a versatile defender on the infield. His best position so far is at second where he has a career .966 fielding percentage in 32 games. However, he can play shortstop and third with numbers that are not too much worse. That is a plus as he moves forward with his career.
There is not a lot of hype coming from players drafted in the 26th round. There are a few names like Joe Biagini and Scott Schebler who have made it to the MLB, but not many others. It is also worth noting that Milwaukee Brewers prospect Mauricio Dubon was a 26th rounder back in 2013. The hype builds with good play, but it might take awhile.
Roscetti is doing his best to bring his name into relevancy in 2018. That being said, he has yet to play more than 45 games in a season. He is off to a phenomenal start, and there is no reason he cannot keep it up, but he will be exposed to a longer schedule this year. His low strikeout totals are something to be excited about going forward, and he should be able to put up good numbers.
It is an uphill battle for Roscetti. The Milwaukee Brewers have a very deep farm system. He is doing what he needs to do in order to make his name pop, but it takes more than one hot start. His performance so far this year is no joke, he is making a case to being an exciting name to watch in the farm system.