Brewers Announce Minor League Rosters, Top Prospect Assignments

MESA, AZ - MARCH 10: Brice Turang #72 of the Milwaukee Brewers plays shortstop during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Park on March 10, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. The Athletics defeated the Brewers 9-1. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - MARCH 10: Brice Turang #72 of the Milwaukee Brewers plays shortstop during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Park on March 10, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona. The Athletics defeated the Brewers 9-1. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Jun 19, 2018; Birmingham, AL, USA; Biloxi Shuckers outfielder Corey Ray hits a pop fly during the Southern League All Star Game at Regions Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

The Double-A Biloxi Shuckers have a lot of prospect star power.

There are two headlining prospects for the Brewers that will begin down in Biloxi with the Shuckers: Shortstop Brice Turang and LHP Ethan Small.

Being down in Mississippi, Biloxi having the former Mississippi State stud Ethan Small on the roster will draw plenty of people down from Starkville to see Small. An advanced college arm, Small could move quickly through the system and possibly make his big league debut this season, especially considering how many injuries the Brewers have suffered at the big league level.

Brice Turang, the Crew’s No. 2 prospect on MLB Pipeline, will also begin in Double-A. He struggled for a little bit in High-A after a promotion in 2019. But with a year at the alternate site and continued development, the Brewers feel comfortable pushing the 21 year old up another level. He should be ready for a big league opportunity early next season.

Catcher Payton Henry will be the regular backstop for the Shuckers and is the Crew’s No. 19 prospect on Pipeline. Tristen Lutz finally is able to move up to Double-A. He has big-time raw power and if he can more consistently tap into it and make more contact, Lutz has a very high ceiling.

Other Interesting Names To Know: Noah Zavolas reportedly has six pitches now in his arsenal and was the 2019 Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. He will be one to keep an eye on and his stock is going up.

LHP Leo Crawford came over in the Corey Knebel trade and will be in the rotation in Biloxi, alongside Small, Zavolas, Bowden Francis, and Luis Contreras.

Nathan Kirby was an early draft pick in 2015, but arm injuries have derailed his career. He’s in the bullpen now instead of the rotation and still has incredible talent and could be called upon if needed.

As Lucas Erceg transitions to becoming a two-way player, he drops back down to Double-A after spending the last two years in Triple-A.

This is a very strong pitching staff in Biloxi and should be a fun team to watch.

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