The 1990s weren’t a great time to be a Milwaukee Brewers fan. They have two winning seasons and zero playoff appearances for the decade. However, it was just as bad for their farm system. We’ve got five prospects from the 90s that should have hit it big, but just didn’t.
Baseball is hard. Baseball scouting is harder. Being able to look at an 18-year old or a 21-year old, and try to project how they will develop is a challenge even under the best of circumstances. There was a reason that Billy Beane was able to develop new strategies in the 2000’s, and it’s not because the system was perfect. Scouting before 2000 involved a lot of guesswork and focused more on the tanigbles that players had.
Could you thrown 95 MPH and have a great curve? If yes, you’re a top draft pick, even if control is an issue and you’re only 18. Could you run a 4.5 40-yard dash and hit a ball a mile? Great, top prospect even if you can’t get on base or really play baseball.
The fact that we only have four players on this list is really a testament to the lack of top prospects that the Milwaukee Brewers were able to develop. Outside of Geoff Jenkins and Ronnie Belliard, the Brewers weren’t well represented in the Top 100 lists at the time.