8. OF Hedbert Perez
The Brewers signed Hedbert Perez during last year’s July 2nd international signing period. While he wasn’t able to play in any DSL games last year, he was ticketed to play there in 2020 and get some games under his belt. Unfortunately, the pandemic has changed the DSL plans and we’re going to have to wait another year to see Perez in game action.
The wait should be well worth it as scouts are extremely high on the 17 year old. Most have him pegged as a 5-tool centerfielder down the line. His swing looks very good, especially for someone his age and his approach at the plate is pretty advanced. Perez is also strong and projects to have above-average power down the road as well.
When the Brewers had him up to Miller Park after signing him, he took some BP and was hitting 2nd deck home runs.
Perez also has 60-grade speed and a strong throwing arm. He can stick in center, he does everything well, and he has incredible athleticism with a strong baseball family pedigree.
The ceiling is incredibly high with Perez, but he’s still a long ways from the big leagues. Once minor league baseball starts getting played again, we’ll get a chance to look at how he performs in games.
7. RHP Drew Rasmussen
Drew Rasmussen is the only prospect on this Top 10 list that has a decent chance of playing in the big leagues in 2020. Rasmussen is already in the player pool and has been impressing in Brewers camp.
With a 100 MPH fastball and a devastating slider, Rasmussen has the potential to dominate at the back end of a bullpen. He also throws a changeup and has a clean delivery that will give him the chance to stick in the rotation, where he pitched all of last year as he climbed three levels of the minors. However, Rasmussen has already had two major elbow surgeries and that kind of long-term workload might not be best for his health.
If Rasmussen was to play in the big leagues this year, he would likely do so out of the bullpen.
Whichever way the Brewers use him, Rasmussen is a first round talent that the Brewers got for cheap in the 6th round back in 2018. He’s got a relatively high floor and he’s close to the big leagues. He lands at No. 7 in our prospects list update.