Brewers: Ranking the Team’s Top 15 Prospects for 2021
By Matt Carroll
The calendar has officially turned to March, which means plenty of things for Brewers fans. Spring training is officially underway with the first game having taken place yesterday. Position battles are currently taking place. And some fans are even getting a chance to watch spring training games in person.
And for minor league fans, it is officially prospect ranking season.
Even though 2020 came and went absent of a minor league season that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things like the 2020 draft, activity at team alternate training sites, and action at independent leagues allow a chance for a shakeup in prospect rankings heading into this upcoming season.
With all that said, here is our Reviewing the Brew list of the Top 15 prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers organization for 2021.
15. C Nick Kahle
Once an area where the organization lacked depth, positionally, the Brewers put a focus on drafting a new crop of catchers over a few years. As a result, you see quite a few of them across top prospect lists for Milwaukee. So it’s no surprise that we’re starting with a catcher right off the bat.
Nick Kahle gets the honor of making the first appearance by a catcher on our top 15 Brewers prospects list. The former Washington Husky was selected in the 4th round of the 2019 draft after slashing .296/.423/.458 in three years of college ball.
Kahle was mostly solid in his first year of pro ball with the organization in 2019, slashing .247/.343/.459 with six homers in 40 games. With no minor league season last year, Kahle did manage to stay active, playing independent league ball with the Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks of the American Association during the summer and overseas with the Brisbane Bandits in Australia over the winter.
Kahle isn’t necessarily one to bring a ton of pop, but he has a solid hit tool and so far has shown a decent ability to get on base in most stops of his pro career. He also brings above average defense to the position, per his 55 grade via MLB Pipeline, and even threw out 53% of baserunners in his time with the former Brewers rookie level Rocky Mountain Vibes in 2019.