The Brewers top catching prospect and potential “Catcher of the Future”, Mario Feliciano, missed a lot of the regular season with a shoulder injury and was sent to the AFL to get some extra at-bats to make up for lost time.
Feliciano has done well in his six games so far, hitting .263 with a .632 OPS. He’s 5 for 19 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs. He’s caught a number of attempted base-stealers and has looked great defensively as that shoulder is back to 100%.
Feliciano has had to split time with Willie MacIver from the Rockies at catcher, which has eaten into his playing time. The Brewers are going to want to see if Feliciano will be ready for a big league role in 2022, and his performance in the AFL will go a long way in helping to determine that.
Hopefully we’ll see more good things from Feliciano in the second half of the AFL season.
If you don’t recall David Hamilton being a part of the Brewers’ AFL contingent, it’s okay. He wasn’t. Up until the other day.
With some players leaving the AFL due to injuries, another infielder was needed and the Brewers supplied speedy shortstop David Hamilton, who started the year in High-A and earned a mid-season promotion to Double-A.
In just two games in the AFL, Hamilton is 2-for-7 (.286) with a double, an RBI, and yes, a stolen base. He stole 52 of them in the minor league regular season.
Hamilton is a major threat on the basepaths, and in 2021 he showed an ability to get on base well enough to make use of that speed. He also showcased some decent power ability as well, and presents an intriguing mix of tools that the Brewers can use. Even though it was as an injury replacement, seeing the Brewers give him an opportunity in the AFL shows they think highly of him.