A new season means a fresh start for certain players in any professional sport. For some Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguers, it also means a chance to put the disappointment from all or part of a season in the rear view.
A few of Milwaukee’s young prospects fall into this category. Their 2021 seasons may have seen disappointment either because of injury or underperformance, but either way, things didn’t go exactly how they had planned.
These players are young, though, with plenty of time to brush things off and get back into the swing of things. Let’s take a look at three Brewers prospects who will be looking to turn things around once the 2022 season officially gets underway.
Here are three Milwaukee Brewers prospects who will be looking to bounce back in 2022.
1. OF Garrett Mitchell
The way things started off for him in 2021, it did not seem like Garrett Mitchell and bounce back would be anywhere in the same sentence by the end of the season. That’s how hot of a start the team’s No. 1 prospect (per MLB Pipeline) got off to in his first professional season.
The Brewers’ first round pick in 2020 had to wait to make his professional debut due to the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in the cancelation of that year’s minor league season. His debut would come last season as he started off with the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Mitchell was hot right out the gates. His first game saw him go 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. In his second, he went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and a pair of steals. He continued to impress the rest of the way.
In 29 games, Mitchell slashed a very impressive .359/.508/.620 with five homers and 12 steals in 13 attempts. That earned him a promotion to the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, which he happened to celebrate with a 4-for-6, four run, two homer, six RBI performance in his final game at Wisconsin.
Things got much tougher for Mitchell at the next level. In 35 games with Biloxi, Mitchell slashed just .186/.291/.264 with three homers and five steals. His strikeout rate jumped just a tad as well, from 25% at High-A to 27.7% at Double-A.
Early on with Wisconsin, Mitchell missed a small portion of the season due what was called a minor injury at the time. Later in his season with Biloxi, he was only playing parts of series with the team, so it’s possibly some nagging injuries caught up to him, though nothing was ever confirmed.
Whether it was nagging injuries or just an adjustment to a higher level, it’s hard to think a player of Mitchell’s caliber should be kept down for too long. This season should give him the perfect chance to remind everyone why the Brewers took him as the 20th overall pick in 2020.