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Milwaukee Brewers: Comprehensive 2018-19 Offseason Primer

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Rule 5 Eligible Prospects (4)

Jake Gatewood (10), Trey Supak (13), Troy Stokes, Jr. (15), Cody Ponce (17)

Numbers in list reflect MLB Pipeline team rankings.

Jake Gatewood missed the second half of the 2018 season with a torn ACL, but he was having a stellar year before that. The former first round pick could be the future at first base or third base for the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s got big power and he should be added to the 40 man roster.

Trey Supak was acquired along with Keon Broxton from Pittsburgh for Jason Rogers a few years ago. Now 22, Supak has developed into a solid pitching prospect. He posted a 2.48 ERA across High-A and Double-A in 2018. He has a chance to be a big league starter and make his debut next season.

Troy Stokes, Jr. is a strong, stocky outfielder with a lot of power and a lot of speed. There’s a lot of outfielders in this system and he’s found a way to separate himself and gain some exposure in the organization. Stokes should be protected this winter.

Cody Ponce is another big pitching prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers. The former second round pick has the potential to make it as a big league starter. He didn’t have the best year at Biloxi in 2018 but he has enough talent and he’s close enough to the big leagues that he needs to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft.

Other Eligible Players

Other players that aren’t on the Top 30 prospects list are Bubba Derby, Quintin Torres-Costa, Phil Bickford, and Nathan Kirby. Derby and Torres-Costa were at Triple-A this past year and could be strong candidates to be drafted if not protected. Bickford and Kirby are former top prospects who are down in High-A. Bickford had character issues to deal with and Kirby has been injured a lot. Neither stand much risk of being selected in the big league portion of the draft.

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It’s going to be an interesting offseason for David Stearns and the Milwaukee Brewers. This is where Stearns does his best work and Brewers fans can’t wait to see what he has in store for this winter.

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