A few years ago the Milwaukee Brewers farm system was quite depleted and ranked near the bottom of the league in terms of quality prospects. Now in 2022 they are starting to get some national attention.
In the latest MLB pipeline mid-season rankings, three Brewer prospects cracked the top 100 with two of them in the top 50. Fast rising Jackson Chourio came in at #11, Sal Frelick at #49, and Joey Wiemer at #89.
Shortly before MLB Pipeline announced their rankings, Baseball America had Chourio ranked as the second best prospect. In his first full professional season, Chourio has impressed mightily at both the Low-A and High-A levels. So far, he has shown off his tremendous ability to hit (.314 BA and .940 OPS) while also showcasing great speed (13 steals) and defense in centerfield.
Frelick and Wiemer are currently both stationed in Triple-A Nashville. Frelick began the year in A-Level ball but has quickly advanced. With the Sounds, he has been collecting a ton of base hits and perhaps has been the most impressive out of Wiemer and Mitchell since their group promotion.
Wiemer, also a part of the Sounds, went through a mid-season home run slump spanning 34 games but still has 16 long balls on the season. High strikeout totals continue to be a theme for him, but when he does make contact he does damage. It will be interesting to monitor if he can have sustained success against higher level pitching.
Also included in the latest MLB pipeline Brewers prospect rankings are the rookies from the 2022 draft class.
Despite being the teams second round draft pick, pitcher Jacob Misiorowski is the Brewers highest ranked rookie prospect. He comes in at #9 in their new Top 30 rankings. Misiorowski was labeled by some experts as the steal of the draft, and the Crew giving him a large signing bonus indicates that they think very highly of him as well.
First round selection in shortstop Eric Brown Jr came in just behind Misiorowski at #10. Brown Jr is currently playing with the Carolina Mudcats and given that he is an experienced college player, he could progress through the ranks rather quickly.
Other rookies who made the top 30 prospect rankings include Robert Moore at #17, Dylan O’Rae at #23, and Matthew Wood at #29. Moore is currently playing for the Mudcats as well whereas O’Rae and Wood are in Arizona playing in the complex league. O’Rae is just 18 years old, so it would not be surprising if he doesn’t begin playing elsewhere until next season.
Overall, there is a lot to be excited about in regards to the Brewers farm system. They have a trio of outfield prospects who are at the highest level of competition prior to the majors and they added some very intriguing players in this year’s draft.