1 Underrated Brewers Prospect at Each Minor League Level Who'll Excel in 2023
By Matt Carroll
Brewers prospects: James Meeker could excel at Double-A Biloxi
The Brewers had a good amount of solid setup men and closers scattered across the minors last season. One of them spent most of his 2022 season dominating batters right up the road in Appleton, Wisconsin.
James Meeker went undrafted after college before playing a few seasons in the independent leagues. His success there, which included a 2021 season that saw him not give up a single run over 31.2 innings, led to him being signed as a minor league free agent by the Brewers in the fall of 2021.
Meeker got a handful of games with Low-A Carolina that fall before moving to High-A Wisconsin to start 2022. He did not give batters much late game hope as a member of the Timber Rattlers, putting up a 2.45 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and striking out 57 while walking just 17. He ended up going 17-for-20 in save opportunities as well.
Last winter, Meeker got to be part of a Brewers minor league contingent that played Down Under with the Brisbane Bandits. He dominated there as well, throwing 21 scoreless innings, putting up a 28-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and accumulating 11 saves.
Meeker will now start 2023 at Double-A Biloxi after throwing a couple quick scoreless innings there to end his 2022 season. There should be little doubt that he will continue to terrorize batters in his new home.