3. LHP Aaron Ashby
Another recent addition to the Milwaukee Brewers 60 man player pool, Aaron Ashby is sure to draw some interest from teams looking at the Crew’s farm system.
Ashby is the Crew’s 6th ranked farmhand by MLB Pipeline and the 2nd-best LHP prospect the Brewers have, behind 2019 first round pick Ethan Small.
If the Brewers were to go for a much bigger target at the deadline this year, a true impact piece, it’s likely the Brewers would have to discuss parting with Ashby. It’s too early to trade Antoine Kelly, another early 2019 pick, as the Brewers still haven’t determined whether he’s going to be a starter or a reliever, and Small was a first rounder the Brewers are likely unwilling to part with at this point in time.
In terms of right handed pitchers, Drew Rasmussen is the only right hander that’s in the Crew’s Top 10. He just made his major league debut and is highly unlikely to be dealt. Other than that, Trey Supak is on the 40 man roster, but he had a rough end to 2019 in Triple-A, so other teams are likely to be low on him until they can see him a little more.
That means the most tradeable and valuable LHP prospect the Brewers have is Ashby.
Ashby has three above-average big league pitches in his four pitch mix, the best of which is a power slider that dominates hitters. As long as his command continues to improve, which so far in his minor league career it has, then Ashby should end up being a solid big league starter down the line.
If the Brewers were to part with any top pitching prospect, Ashby might be the one that makes the most sense. It would be a tough pill to swallow, especially since homegrown lefties have been hard to come by for the Brewers in recent decades, but if the Brewers go big at the deadline this year, his name is sure to come up.
It will be interesting to see how Stearns handles this deadline and how the Brewers play over the next few games. How those games go may determine which of these prospects get moved.