2. SS Brice Turang
Brice Turang falls from the top spot on this list in the mid-year update of the rankings. Turang, the Crew’s 2018 first round pick, has topped the list since Keston Hiura graduated in the middle of 2019.
Turang has a big hit tool and a knack for getting on base. His power isn’t going to be a big part of his game and he profiles more as a leadoff hitter. Turang is fast and has a talent for stealing bases, swiping 30 bags in 35 attempts last season. He also drew 83 walks in 2019.
Defensively, Turang has the ability to stick at shortstop, where his value is going to be highest. Overall, Turang has the makings of a well rounded, solid, everyday big league shortstop. Players like that aren’t easy to find and keep. Because of that, he’s one of the highest ranked prospects in this Brewers farm system.
While Turang was likely to start the 2020 season in High-A Carolina, with the possibility of jumping up to Double-A this year with a strong performance. Instead, Turang is a strong option for the taxi squad up in Appleton to continue to get more development and at-bats this year. Should things go well there this year, Turang might even start 2021 in Double-A.
The Brewers big league shortstop battle is just getting started and the long-term job is up for grabs. Should neither Orlando Arcia or Luis Urias prove capable of holding down that job, Turang isn’t that far away.
1. OF Garrett Mitchell
We have a new No. 1 on this list! 2020 first round selection Garrett Mitchell is the Brewers top minor league prospect. While the farm system has been consistently ranked near the bottom of the barrel in baseball, Mitchell will provide a huge boost to the perception of this system.
Mitchell was MLB Pipeline’s No. 6 overall prospect heading into this draft and the Brewers took him with the 20th overall pick, an absolute steal.
When it comes to tools, Mitchell has everything a baseball scout could want. He’s extremely athletic, he can hit for a high average, he’s got plenty of raw power, he’s got 80-grade speed, an above-average throwing arm, and very strong defense in centerfield. Mitchell has all the makings of a 5-tool centerfielder.
He didn’t tap into his power much in college but the Brewers believe that they can get him to tap into it as a professional.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to Brewers fans if Mitchell is added to the player pool in Appleton shortly after his contract becomes official. The sooner he gets in the system and gets coaching and development, the sooner he gets to the big leagues.
The Brewers farm system got a very strong boost of offensive talent in the Draft this year, and three members of that draft class are in the new Top 10 Brewers prospects list.