8. Lewis Brinson, Luis Ortiz, and Ryan Cordell
Acquired via trade with Rangers for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress (August 2016)
This is a hard trade to judge because of the moving parts to it. At first, Lewis Brinson looked like a steal, vaulting to the top of their prospect lists with a big season after being acquired from the Rangers. However, his limited time in the majors has not been stellar so far. That being said, he was the centerpiece that brought Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. The first time All-Star has been a force in the lineup all season long. You have to factor Yelich into this trade, which is why it is awfully hard to judge. Keep clicking through the list, as you will see the Yelich name again.
Jonathan Lucroy did not do a whole lot for the Rangers in parts of two seasons and has seen a healthy decline in 2018. That is certainly part of the ranking as well. Jeremy Jeffress is also back for a third time in Milwaukee, which is a fun anecdote. After doing well in the Lone Star State after the trade, Jeffress pitched horribly the following year in Texas.
The wild card in this trade is Luis Ortiz. He has been a top prospect for the Brewers and could make a push for the starting rotation in a couple of years. Ortiz has stalled a bit in Biloxi, but is still considered one of their better prospects. He also could be a major piece dealt at the trade deadline, but in any event, he is a name worth keeping an eye on. If he produces, this trade could look even better.