After the Triple-A Nashville Sounds lost in the International League championship, the 2022 season was officially done for each of the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league affiliates. Some of the team’s prospects, however, actually have some baseball left to play for the year.
Today marks the beginning of the 2022 iteration of the Arizona Fall League. This year, a handful of Brewers prospects will join those from four other MLB teams to play for the Glendale Dessert Dogs, one of six squads that make up the league.
Last year, you saw players like outfielder Joey Wiemer (MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 Brewers prospect) increase his stock, catcher Mario Feliciano bounce back from injury, and flamethrowing pitcher Abner Uribe (No. 26) put up a stat line that full of plenty of strikeouts and walks.
Eight Brewers prospects will be taking part in the league this season. They include recent draft picks, players returning from injury, and even one previously mentioned player who will be appearing for the second year in a row.
Which Milwaukee Brewers prospects will be playing in the 2022 Arizona Fall League?
Jeferson Quero – C
Currently the Brewers’ 7th-ranked prospect, Jeferson Quero was an international signee back in 2019. The 19-year-old made his affiliated ball debut this year and slashed a combined .286/.342/.439 with 10 homers and 57 RBIs between Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin.
Tyler Black – INF/OF
2021 Competitive Balance A pick Tyler Black, the Brewers’ No. 6 prospect, was in the middle of a fantastic year with Wisconsin where he was slashing .281/.406/.424 through 64 games before his season ended in mid-July due to injury.
Zavier Warren – INF
Drafted in the third round in 2020 with a reputation for hitting, Zavier Warren had a solid start to his pro career in 2021 before starting slow this season. Things looked a bit better when he finished his year at Double-A Biloxi and had a .340 on base percentage in 28 games.
Je’Von Ward – OF
Je’Von Ward was a 2017 draftee who was actually Rule 5 eligible last offseason but wasn’t selected. He missed the 2022 regular season after being placed on the injured list when the year began but played 75 games at High-A in 2021 and slashed .259/.312/.387.
Abner Uribe – RHP
Uribe is back after an interesting 2021 Arizona Fall League where, in just nine innings pitched, he struck out a whopping 16 batters….but walked 17. He opened enough eyes this spring to even make Brewers manager Craig Counsell make interesting comments about his MLB future, but he would only pitch in two Double-A games before losing the rest of the season to a knee injury.
Logan Henderson – RHP
2021 4th-round pick and No. 24 prospect Logan Henderson finally got to make his pro debut in August after undergoing elbow surgery last spring. He topped out at Low-A Carolina and had a 3.95 ERA and 23 strikeouts to six walks over 13 2/3 innings.
Russell Smith – LHP
Fellow 2021 draftee and 2nd rounder Russell Smith (No. 20) also made his pro debut this season and though it just looked okay on the surface (15 G, 2-5, 4.87 ERA), he lowered his ERA by month in each of the four months in which he played. After his final start on July 31st at High-A Wisconsin, he spent the rest of the year on the IL.
Ryan Middendorf – RHP
A midseason signee of the Brewers, Ryan Middendorf was plucked out of independent ball and signed to the minors in June. He worked his way all the way from the Arizona Complex League to Double-A Biloxi in 22 games, putting up a 2.34 ERA and a K-BB ratio of 61-13.
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The Devil Dogs will play 30 games this fall. We’ll see how these Brewers prospects fare in this valuable development opportunity.