Brewers Land Two on New MLB Pipeline Top 100 Prospects List
By Matt Carroll
As the MLB season draws closer and closer, updated prospect rankings have been popping up across different sites. Up to this point, the Brewers have been making out a little better on these lists then they had in other recent years.
A few weeks ago, FanGraphs released their top 100 prospects list for the 2022 season. Two Milwaukee prospects were named to it: left-handed pitcher Aaron Ashby and the team’s 2021 minor league player of the year, outfielder Joey Wiemer.
Yesterday, another site released their own top 100 prospects list, and it is one of the most anticipated ones for prospect watchers. That would be the 2022 top prospects list over at MLB Pipeline.
Like FanGraphs, MLB Pipeline ranks a pair of Brewers among their top 100 prospects in all of baseball. The latter, however, has a slightly different opinion as to which two Milwaukee prospects reach their list.
Brewers outfielders Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer were named to MLB Pipeline’s initial top 100 prospects list for the 2022 season.
The Brewers’ top pick in the 2021 draft at 15th overall out of Boston College, Sal Frelick was named the 70th overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline. It’s a familiar look for the Milwaukee organization when it comes to the site’s top 100 list.
The Brewers drafted another outfielder with a solid overall profile in the first round of the 2020 draft in UCLA’s Garrett Mitchell. He would also eventually find his way on to Pipeline’s top 100 prospect list, but a disappointing finish to 2021 at Double-A Biloxi has caused him to slip a bit in more than one website’s prospect rankings.
Frelick impressed early in his professional debut with the Brewers organization. He played in 35 games across three levels of the minors and hit a combined .329/.414/.466 in those games, stealing 12 bags in 14 attempts and scoring 28 runs. The race is now on to see if he or Mitchell make it to The Show first in an attempt to be Milwaukee’s center fielder of the future.
Just barely edging his way on to MLB Pipeline’s list was Wiemer at No. 100. The 2020 4th round pick out of Cincinnati stormed on to the scene in 2021, excelling at every level on his way to a .296/.403/556 slash line with 27 homers and 30 steals in 109 games.
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Like Frelick and Mitchell, Wiemer is also quickly working his way up the ladder and all three will likely spend a good amount of time at Double-A in 2022. It’s a sign that the future for the Brewers outfield is nice and bright.