Brewers: Ranking the Team’s Top 15 Prospects for 2021
14. C Jeferson Quero
Well would you look at that, it’s another catcher already! Just about a month after the Brewers added to the organization’s catching depth by drafting Kahle (among others), Milwaukee decided to continue to address the position via the international class.
Just 16 at the time, Jeferson Quero was signed out of Venezuela as part of the 2019 international class for $200,000. Similarly to Kahle, Quero has an above average hit tool and even more stout defense behind the plate, but he also has some raw power that is still developing with age.
Quero hasn’t gotten to start his trek through the Brewers minor league system yet, but he did receive an invite to last summer’s Instructional League. According to Will Sammon of The Athletic, he was one of the players who made a big impression per his Instructs update piece ($$). Quero will be one to watch as he begins his pro debut in 2021.
13. OF Carlos Rodriguez
Our next prospect stops the streak of catchers for a bit but brings about another of the team’s international signees. Back in 2017, the Brewers signed two of the top 30 international prospects per MLB Pipeline, one of them being Carlos Rodriguez for $1.355MM.
Rodriguez was highly regarded for his hit tool coming out and he has shown that off so far in his first two years in Milwaukee’s minor league system. He hasn’t hit lower than .300 at any stop so far in the minors and slashed .331/.350/.424 in his most recent season with the Vibes in 2019.
Rodriguez could stand to work some more walks at the plate as he has just a 3% walk rate in his minor league career. But that’s not to say he’s not patient as he also has just a 9.4% strikeout rate in his career thus far.
Adding to his impressive profile are high grades on defense (60 defense, 50 arm per MLB Pipeline) and speed (60). A speedy, defensive outfielder with a highly rated hit tool is just the type of player the Brewers love to have around.