1. Corbin Burnes, RHP
The main reason that Corbin Burnes tops this list instead of Keston Hiura is that Burnes has the potential to be a frontline ace starting pitcher for years to come. A homegrown, developed No. 1 pitcher is a lot more difficult to find than a good hitting second baseman like Hiura.
Burnes pitched in some big moments out of the bullpen for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018, but he’s poised to return to the rotation. David Stearns and Craig Counsell have confirmed that multiple times.
Burnes finished 2018 with a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings. He had a 2.00 ERA in the postseason, covering nine innings.
With four pitches in his arsenal, Burnes is the one pitcher that should not be available to anyone, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if Mike Trout is coming in return, Burnes should be off-limits in any trade discussions. The 24 year old Burnes is the frontline starting pitcher the Brewers have been looking to develop for a long time.
You can never have enough starting pitching, and trading away possibly the best one in the organization is not a wise decision. If given the choice between trading away Burnes or trading away Hiura, I would choose to trade away Hiura. It’s much easier to find a second baseman that can hit for a high average than it is to find an ace starting pitcher.
The Milwaukee Brewers should not move any of these five names listed this offseason. They’re simply too important to the current or future success of the organization for them to be included in any trades.