6. LHP Aaron Ashby
Aaron Ashby is a strikeout machine that has a four-pitch mix, three of those pitches grade out as above-average, the best of which is a power slider.
His stuff is undeniable and he has a unique delivery that gives him some deception. He’s pitched well in the minors so far, with a 3.53 career ERA in two seasons and 37 appearances.
The big issue with Ashby is improving his command. In 2019, he walked 60 guys in 126 innings. If he can fill up the strike zone more often, Ashby can be a solid mid-rotation starter for the Brewers one day. As a lefty, Ashby brings a lot more value to the organization.
The Brewers haven’t been able to draft and develop many left-handed starting pitchers over the years. Brent Suter is the most recent one, and before that, Manny Parra. It’s a very short list.
Ashby was set for Double-A ball this year, and there’s a chance he could make the 60 man player pool as spots are still available and this is some important development time for him.
5. C Mario Feliciano
A well rounded catcher with some power is always valuable. Mario Feliciano had a breakout 2019 season with High-A Carolina, hitting .270 with 25 doubles, 19 homers, and 81 RBIs, all career-highs. On top of that, Feliciano won the Carolina League MVP award.
Feliciano has a solid hit tool and above average power that he finally tapped into last year. Drafted in 2016, Feliciano had just seven career homers in three seasons entering 2019.
Defensively, Feliciano has an absolute cannon for an arm and his glove has continued to improve as he’s climbed the organizational ladder.
This would’ve been the year Feliciano went to Double-A and gotten himself even closer to big league ready. Without the minor league season, that isn’t happening. It’s expected by many that Feliciano will be added to the player pool for this season and will workout at the alternate training site in Appleton to continue his development.