4. Drew Rasmussen, RHP
During Spring Training 1.0, Rasmussen was impressing Brewers coaches. He quickly rose through the minor leagues last year, playing at three different levels, eventually landing at Double-A. It was likely he would’ve started the season in Triple-A and would’ve been called up to the bullpen at some point this season.
Rasmussen can reach the upper-90s with his fastball and possesses a hard, filthy slider in the low-90s as well. His two-pitch combo is deadly and it would make him a huge weapon out of the bullpen. He also has a changeup and has the stuff to start, but after a couple of major elbow surgeries, it’s likely that his home will be in the bullpen moving forward.
Nevertheless, Rasmussen is going to earn a spot on the taxi squad. Don’t be surprised if he ends up getting the call to join the big league club at some point this season either.
5. Garrett Mitchell, OF
His spring season at UCLA was cut short and the Brewers are going to want to get a closer look and give some instruction to Mitchell as soon as they can. They can do that by putting him on the taxi squad.
Mitchell will likely be at the Arizona Fall League and at instructional league anyways, but until those things happen, they can get him into their program, see him swing up close, and give him some things they want him to work on.
He’s not likely to be an option for the big league roster this year, but with a 30 man taxi squad, they can afford to keep a spot for him.
There are going to be other prospects on the Brewers Top 30 list that will make the taxi squad as well, such as Corey Ray and Devin Williams, but these top guys should warrant inclusion, if not at least consideration, even though they might not be as close to big league ready.