Brewers Spring Training Bold Prediction #3:
This Brewers Prospect Will Look The Best
A 22 year old outfielder that was drafted in the 1st Round will have the best spring out of the non-roster invitees…..and no I’m not talking about Garrett Mitchell. Tristen Lutz will make his mark in however much time he sees in the crowded outfield. There are currently seven outfielders on the 40-man roster and four more on the NRI list, so it will take a lot to stand out in front of Craig Counsell.
Lutz is the Crew’s fifth-best prospect according to the MLB.com rankings and I would expect to see him in action in around 10-15 games. Avisaíl García is coming off a pretty poor 2020 season, but has dropped 30 pounds and feels like he’s in the best shape of his life in preparation for another Opening Day start in right field.
Meanwhile, there are a plethora of other guys competing for a job as the fourth outfielder, but Lutz could still shine.
Lutz has big raw power, but has struggled to completely tap into it so far in his career. He made some progressions at the Alternate Training Site and Instructional League last year, which could have him primed for a breakout 2021 season, which will start in spring training.
This will be his fourth season in the minors and he’s had a solid last couple of years, so I expect him to encounter success with the Cactus League team. Scouts say he has the talent to be an everyday right-fielder for a big league squad with some minor tweaks and he’s had time to work on his game with the cancellation in Minor League baseball last summer.
Although Lutz is highly unlikely to break camp with the big league team even if he has a strong spring, it could move up his promotion timeline and he could be seen in Milwaukee later in the year.
If he can sneak in enough at-bats, Tristen Lutz will prove his worth in Spring Training.