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Milwaukee Brewers: Is Zack Brown this year’s breakout Minor Leaguer?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Sunlight creeps along the first base line during the home opener between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on April 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Braves defeated the Brewers 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Sunlight creeps along the first base line during the home opener between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on April 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Braves defeated the Brewers 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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It seems like every year the Milwaukee Brewers have a Minor League pitcher fly up the prospect rankings. Is Zack Brown this year’s Minor League breakout? It’s starting to look like it.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Zack Brown in the fifth round of the 2016 first-year player draft. He started the 2017 season with the Biloxi Shuckers in Double-A, but he may not stay long.

What’s Brown doing in Biloxi?

Brown owns a 2.89 ERA in eight starts with the Shuckers. In 46 2/3 innings of work, Brown has racked up 47 strikeouts, while only allowing 12 walks. The only number that isn’t impressive is the seven homers Brown has surrendered.

Brown worked in High-A and Single-A in 2017, and enjoyed success at both levels. His four starts with the Carolina Mudcats at the end of 2017 saw him post a 2.16 ERA in 25 innings with 23 strikeouts.

What’s the scouting report on Brown?

How does a fastball that sits 92-96 MPH with a solid curve ball and effective change up sound? His delivery has been a cause for concern for scouts as Brown requires a lot of effort to move toward the plate. Because of the violent nature of his delivery, Brown could end up as another power bullpen arm for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Does Brown have an ETA for Milwaukee?

Well, he won’t arrive in the Milwaukee Brewers locker room before Corbin Burnes does. Brown is putting together a great season, and he’ll likely get ranked much higher in the prospect rankings at mid-season. However, he’s still at least a year away from a September call up.

Next: How impressive was Freddy Peralta's debut?

The Milwaukee Brewers are creating an impressive track record of developing pitchers. Josh Hader has developed into one of the top relievers in baseball. Freddy Peralta has already made an impact. Burnes isn’t far behind. Brown is very far behind the other three, but his is a name worth keeping an eye on, but he’s a long way away.

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