1 Underrated Brewers Prospect at Each Minor League Level Who'll Excel in 2023
By Matt Carroll
Brewers prospects: Alexander Cornielle could excel at High-A Wisconsin
A lot of the focus to start the season for the Timber Rattlers will be on some of the offensive players such as 2022 picks Eric Brown Jr and Robert Moore. That doesn't mean that there aren't a few young pitchers to keep an eye on as well.
One of them is right-hander Alexander Cornielle. The 21-year-old bounced back from a bit of a shaky first half of the 2022 season to put together a string of strong performances that earned him a late season promotion from Low-A to High-A.
Cornielle had ERAs of 4.74 and 5.91 in May and June, repsectively, last season, but a decent WHIP and strong strikeout numbers made it seem like brighter days could be right around the corner. That indeed ended up being the case.
He would end up lowering his Carolina ERA all the way down to 3.19 by the end of his time there, at one point putting up a two-start stretch that saw him combine for 12 scoreless innings on five hits and 18 strikeouts without issuing a single walk. Cornielle would start three games at High-A to finish the season, giving up four runs over 17.1 innings.
Cornielle has a solid fastball-breaking ball combo that has gotten better as he's reigned in some of his control. He'll be a fun one to watch for any Brewers fans who feel like making a short trek to catch some minor league ball.