Over the past two MLB drafts, the Brewers have selected college outfielders with their first round selections. Last summer, Sal Frelick out of Boston College was the pick and the year prior was Garrett Mitchell of UCLA. This year, they will get the chance to play together on the Biloxi Shuckers.
The Shuckers are the Brewers Double-A minor league affiliate and they’re off to a 12-9 start to the season. Garrett Mitchell began the year with the Shuckers whereas Sal Frelick started with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
In 21 games with the Timber Rattlers, Frelick’s slash line was .291/.391/.456. Eight of his 23 hits went for extra bases while collecting nine RBI’s along the way. It is worth noting that Frelick put up these number while playing in chilly Midwest spring temperatures.
Now that Frelick is joining the Shuckers, the outfield lineup will be stacked with highly regarded prospects. The outfield roster will include the Brewers top three prospects: Sal Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, and Joey Wiemer.
Of the Brewers top prospects, only Frelick and Weimer cracked the top 100 per MLB pipeline. Weimer was the Brewers minor league player of the year in 2021 and has picked right up where he left off last season. His slash line this year is .309/.385/.519. He has collected 17 RBI’s and 11 extra base hits.
The fourth outfielder on the Shuckers roster is former 34th overall pick Tristen Lutz. Lutz was drafted in the 2017 MLB draft out of high school and is just 23 years old. He has battled a few different injuries throughout his professional baseball career, but he is yet to take a huge stride forward. In order to make room for Frelick, Lutz was put on the development list.
There is some belief that the outfield trio of Mitchell, Frelick, and Weimer could potentially be the Brewers outfield of the future. All of these prospects are a few years away from the major leagues yet but getting closer. The talent is certainly there and this could come true if all goes well.
Following the promotion of Frelick, another outfielder was promoted to take his place in Appleton and that’s 2018 CBB pick Micah Bello, who has gotten off to a scorching start in Low-A Carolina. He gets the call to take Frelick’s spot and 2021 international signee Jackson Chourio goes to Low-A Carolina to take Bello’s spot.
The Carolina outfield has a ton of young talent but it’s tough to match what the Brewers have in Biloxi right now.
There is a lot of potential with these prospects and they could be a very special group. Let’s hope they can connect and form a bond this year that will carry with them all the way to the big leagues.