The Milwaukee Brewers have a group of prospects that fans should be getting pretty excited about. But when will we see them in Milwaukee?
Whenever things go wrong at the big league level, whether for an extended period of time or just one game, people tend to look to the top prospects in the system and push to call them up. But in a lot of cases, that’s not a realistic option.
These prospects will get called up at some point, but when? Let’s make some realistic estimates.
What is the big league ETA for Brewers prospect Garrett Mitchell?
Garrett Mitchell has been playing well in High-A since returning from a knee injury, hitting .368/.538/.526 with a double, a triple, and a home run in 38 at-bats. He’s drawn 14 walks in 13 games and has struck out just 10 times.
What will drive Mitchell’s rise up the farm system will be his power and how soon the Brewers can tap into it. That’s been the major question about his bat since his college days. The power is in there, but he needs to reach it in games. He hit a booming home run against Peoria earlier in June. When he taps into that power more consistently, he’ll move up the ladder quickly.
Most estimates would have Mitchell reaching the big leagues around 2023. He could make it up late in the season in 2022 if he’s performing well and if a spot opens up in the Brewers outfield, but it’s more likely he’ll get his chance early in 2023.
Lorenzo Cain and Jackie Bradley Jr. the Brewers current centerfielders, have their contracts expire at the end of the 2022 season, meaning the job will open up for the 2023 season which is right in line for when Mitchell should be ready.
ETA: Late 2022/Early 2023
What is the big league ETA for Brewers prospect Brice Turang?
Despite being just 21 years old and the youngest player in the Double-A South league, Brice Turang has been performing well. In 32 games, Turang is hitting .295 with a .772 OPS and a team-leading 21 RBIs.
His hit tool hasn’t really been in question, and he’s performed well nearly everywhere he’s been in the minor leagues despite being one of the youngest players at each level he’s been at.
The issue for Turang is that he isn’t ready for the big leagues yet while the Brewers have been searching for a solution at the shortstop position. Now the Brewers have found Willy Adames, which could make Turang a trade chip at the Deadline if they want to make a big splash.
Should Turang stay with the Brewers, he should be ready for the big leagues at some point in 2022. He might spend the entire 2021 season in Double-A and perhaps he could earn a promotion to Triple-A by the end of the year. But in 2022, depending on big league need, Turang will start the season in Triple-A and could be ready for a call up at any point.
Whether that be injury or poor performance, the first glance we’ll have of Turang in Milwaukee will likely be next season, but a more regular role in the everyday lineup might not be available to him until 2023.