Ranking the Brewers top 3 September call up prospect candidates
Brewers September Call Up Candidate #1: IF/OF Brice Turang
Brice Turang is my most likely Brewers September call up candidate. Milwaukee has seemingly been preparing him for this role all season.
There are a couple of reasons why Turang takes the top spot. He’s the Crew’s former first round pick and they’ve been aggressive with his assignments and promotions throughout his entire career. His numbers this season have been impressive, especially at such a young age in Triple-A.
He’s hitting .290/.361/.417 on the year with 18 doubles, 11 homers, and 28 stolen bases. His power has recently ticked up, with five home runs in the month of August. Turang is hitting .322 with a .981 OPS over the last 30 days.
Also recently, the Brewers have been putting him in the lineup at second base and at third base down in Nashville, getting him experience at other positions. Throughout the season, he’s been getting experience in centerfield as well. It’s clear the Brewers are trying to make Turang more versatile in order to fit him on the big league roster more easily. Shortstop is pretty well spoken for with Willy Adames, but if Turang can play other positions of need, such as centerfield or the other infield spots, then he’s an upgrade at those positions.
The Brewers putting him in all these different spots to get experience leads me to believe they’re preparing to make him their September call up. Craig Counsell loves versatility and if Turang is going to get playing time in Milwaukee this year, it would need to be outside of shortstop.
Turang is also Rule 5 eligible this offseason. The Brewers need to add him to the 40 man roster in November anyways to protect him from that, so they might as well just add him now and get him that big league experience. There’s a chance he could be the everyday second baseman starting next year, and it’s much easier for the Brewers to decide if they want to go that route if they see him at the big league level first.
He’s been in Triple-A all season and has handled every challenge the organization has thrown his way. Even though Turang isn’t currently on the 40 man roster, room is going to need to be cleared soon enough for him. With his versatility, production, and overall readiness for the next level, Brice Turang seems to be the Crew’s top September call up candidate.
We will find out soon enough who the Brewers decide to call up. Turang and Ruiz seem to be the most likely candidates, even if Sal Frelick is deserving as well.