Brewers Rule 5 Eligible Prospects
Korry Howell, Jamie Westbrook, Weston Wilson, Tristen Lutz, Noah Zavolas, Carlos Rodriguez, Je’Von Ward, Victor Castaneda, Ernesto Martinez
While there are plenty more Brewers minor leaguers that are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, these are the more notable names and the ones that might have a chance to be added to the 40 man roster or selected in the Draft this year.
Remember, if a player is selected in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft, they have to be on the major league roster for the entirety of the next season.
The Brewers do not have any that really stand out as players that need to be protected from the big league portion of the Draft this year, and none are really high rated prospects.
Korry Howell is the highest rated (No. 15 on MLB Pipeline) of the group and one of the more advanced, reaching Double-A this season. He did slug 16 homers and swipe 24 bases this season, but hit .244 with a 37% strikeout rate across High-A and Double-A.
Carlos Rodriguez is another highly rated prospect (No. 22 on MLB Pipeline) that is eligible, but he played the entire 2021 season in High-A Wisconsin. His production was solid, but as a 20 year old in High-A, is there a chance anyone would really select him? That’s the question the Brewers will have to take and if they believe he can move quick enough to be worthy of a 40 man roster spot for a year or two and burn those option years.
The closest to “big league ready” type of guys are not highly rated prospects. Players such as Weston Wilson and Jamie Westbrook are certainly close enough to be given an opportunity with another club for an entire season, but will the Brewers still want to keep them or risk losing them?
The Rule 5 Draft may be fairly uneventful for the Brewers in the major league portion this season, and when the deadline comes on November 19th to add players to the 40 man roster, there also may not be much movement. No one in this group is a slam dunk addition to the 40 man.