1. C Payton Henry
The Brewers made Payton Henry one of their most recent additions to the 60 man roster a few days ago. He’s now the 5th catcher the Brewers have at their alternate training site, which seems like a lot more than necessary.
Henry is currently the Brewers’ 17th ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline and he sits a little further down the catcher depth chart for the organization. Mario Feliciano is seen as a superior hitter to Henry and has advanced further in his development, putting himself in line to be the Brewers catcher of the future fairly soon.
Henry and Feliciano were both drafted out of high school in 2016 and so far, Henry has been slower to progress, but his potential is still high. He brings above-average power and strong defense to the position, which should make him a quality big league backstop one day.
There’s a lot of value in that, which would make him a good target for any team that needs catching depth moving forward. Boston, for example, might make a good fit.
Trading for big league catchers at the deadline is tricky since they have to learn a whole new staff on the fly and winning games is paramount. For minor league catchers, it’s a little bit different since teams aren’t as worried about immediately picking up a pitching staff.
Henry could probably be ready for the big leagues as soon as next season, so his proximity to the big leagues is also a huge bonus for interested teams. He’s not going to headline a blockbuster trade, but he should be able to help land a solid veteran piece if the Brewers feel ready to move him.