3. SS Brice Turang
Let me preface this by saying that the Brewers trading away the player who was their top-ranked prospect prior to the 2020 drafting of Garrett Mitchell is highly unlikely. But if Stearns is eyeing up a big splash that requires them to send one of their top guys, there are reasons why Brice Turang could be movable.
The Brewers selected Turang out of high school as the 21st overall pick in the 2018 draft, luring him away from his commitment to Louisiana State University. Turang got right to work at rookie ball and showed off his impressive hitting ability early.
Turang slashed .283/.396/.352 across 42 games of rookie league ball in 2018 and continued his success to start 2019. With the Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Turang slashed .287/.384/.376 with 21 steals and just 54 strikeouts to 49 walks over 82 games.
A late-season promotion to High-A Carolina saw him struggle a bit to the tune of a .200/.338/.276 slash line and an increased strikeout rate of 47 Ks in as many games. But adjustment periods after a promotion are never unheard of for prospects.
With his solid hit tool and excellent defensive abilities, many fans saw him as the heir apparent to current Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia, who had mostly struggled offensively in the majors. But that was before some developments over the last year or so.
For one, the team traded for another young, major league-ready shortstop in Luis Urias last offseason. Not only did he become a new potential replacement at shortstop, but he also added to the general mix at middle infield as well.
Additionally, the acquisition of Urias seemed to provide a little motivation to Arica in 2020 and he ended up turning in possibly his best offensive season to date. As a result, the Brewers essentially have two shortstops on the big league roster.
Of course there’s a reason why Turang was the top-ranked prospect for the Brewers and even floated in and out of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 overall prospects for a brief period. That’s why any team hoping to pry him from Milwaukee would need to make a trade well worth it.
This offseason will be one of the hardest ones to predict based on everything that happened in 2020 and continues to happen going forward. But Stearns likes making offseason trades, and if he does again, there’s a good chance one of these three is involved.