21. RHP Dylan File
Just like Rodney Dangerfield, Dylan File didn’t get any respect last year. Prospect sites didn’t include him on their radar and few outside the die-hard Brewers farm system aficionados recognized File’s success.
In 2019, File made 26 starts between High-A Carolina and Double-A Biloxi and finished with a 3.24 ERA over 147 IP, struck out 136 and allowed just 22(!) walks. In the opinion of some of us here at Reviewing the Brew, File was snubbed for the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year award last year that went to Aaron Ashby.
File dominated after a mid-season promotion to Double-A, starting 14 games and pitching to a 2.79 ERA in those games. He got better after moving to the more competitive level.
File was a 21st round draft pick in 2017 out of Dixie State in Utah, which could be part of the reason why prospect sites aren’t all over him, since he doesn’t have that early round pedigree. It would also explain why Noah Zavolas hasn’t received much recognition either.
He was a mid-season All Star in 2018 for the Timber Rattlers and in 2019 with the Mudcats.
Throughout his minor league career, File has appeared in 63 games with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. His BB/9 stands at a miniscule 1.71 for his career.
File is a strike-thrower but doesn’t throw very hard, normally in the low-90s with his fastball. His plus-slider is his best pitch, and if his changeup can continue to develop into an average third-pitch, he could be a solid back-end starter in the big leagues.
At some point in 2020, File will likely reach Triple-A San Antonio, and could be called upon in an emergency situation for the big league club. The Brewers have starting pitching depth on the 40 man roster, but File has put himself in a situation where he could get the call for a spot start or two in 2020 if he continue to pitch well.
As long as his changeup continues to develop and improve, File stands a chance of being a big league starting pitcher.
This is the first group reveal of Reviewing the Brew’s Top 25 Brewers Prospects list reveal. We’ll announce 16-20 in the next iteration.