With the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline rapidly approaching, the Milwaukee Brewers will soon be in a spot where they will be trading prospects from their farm system to improve the big league club.
Throughout David Stearns’ tenure leading the Brewers baseball operations department, very few, if any players have been officially deemed “untouchable”. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been players who essentially were in practice.
Instead of declaring players “untouchable”, Stearns just puts an obscenely high price tag on them for the return package, one that other teams would have to be insane to actually pay. That way, if the Brewers do give up the player they like, they’re getting something far better in return.
However, there are a few prospects the Brewers should put that absurdly high price tag on and not be willing to include them in any trade unless for a massive overpay on the other team’s end, in essence making them untouchable.
These 3 Milwaukee Brewers prospects should be considered untouchable in upcoming 2021 Trade Deadline discussions.
Brewers Untouchable Prospect #1: OF Garrett Mitchell
This one should almost be obvious. Garrett Mitchell was the Brewers first round selection in 2020, a Top 5 or 6 talent that fell into their laps with the 20th overall pick. Since joining the Brewers organization, Mitchell has raked, dominating in his first big league spring training and earning a placement in High-A.
In High-A, Mitchell dominated once again, hitting .359/.504/.620 with five home runs, 12 stolen bases, and 20 RBIs. After just 28 games with the Timber Rattlers, he was promoted to Double-A Biloxi.
Mitchell is on the fast track to the big leagues and is already a key piece of the Brewers future plans. With current centerfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jackie Bradley having their contracts expire in 2022, Milwaukee will need strong defense and and an offensive threat in centerfield, and that’s exactly what Mitchell provides.
Although the timeline for Mitchell grabbing a starting job in the big leagues should have him taking over in 2023, there’s a strong chance he could force his way to a promotion in 2022 with the way he’s been playing.
Mitchell is rising up prospect lists as he continues to prove the doubters wrong about his draft position, his power ability, and his diabetes. The Brewers believe in Mitchell and having Mitchell in the Brewers organization is a mutually beneficial partnership. He loves being with the Brewers, and there’s no reason to entertain the idea of trading him for anybody at the Trade Deadline.