Prospects are the future. They are the key to keeping teams competitive for years to come. The Brewers are starting off strong early in 2023 partially because of prospects Garrett Mitchell, Brice Turang, and Joey Wiemer coming up and making an impact.
Who could be in that next wave? While we've got a top prospects list and plenty to keep an eye on, several Brewers prospects are off to hot starts to begin their 2023 minor league season.
These three Brewers prospects are playing well to start the 2023 season.
Brewers prospect off to hot start #1: INF Tyler Black - Biloxi Shuckers
The Brewers selected Black with their Comp A selection in the 2021 MLB Draft. He dealt with some injuries last year, but when healthy, he rakes. Now he's healthy, and he's raking.
Through 13 games, Black has a 1.031 OPS with a .456 OBP, four home runs, six stolen bases, and 12 walks to just 10 strikeouts. He's doing it all at the plate, getting on base, hitting for power, and showing off speed.
Milwaukee has placed a premium on up the middle athletes with natural hitting ability in the Draft in recent years and Black fits that mold perfectly. As the prospects in the big leagues graduate, look for Tyler Black to shoot up the Crew's top prospects list, and if he keeps up this hot start, he will keep on shooting up higher and higher.
Brewers prospect off to hot start #2: C Matt Wood - Carolina Mudcats
Milwaukee's 4th round pick in last year's draft is hitting the ground running in pro ball in his full season debut. After dominating the Big Ten in his junior season, Matt Wood is dominating the Carolina League.
Through his first 10 games for the Low-A Carolina Mudcats, Wood is hitting .324/.465/.500 with three doubles, a homer, eight walks to just six strikeouts, and a .965 OPS.
As a college player, Wood is a pretty advanced player for Low-A, but he's quickly taken a leadership role on that club and is handling a young pitching staff very well. As a catcher, that kind of experience is important for development. Wood is a well rounded catching prospect, a lefty hitter with on-base skills, some pop, and the ability to stick behind the plate defensively.
Brewers prospect off to hot start #3: C Alex Hall - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Alex Hall was briefly promoted to the big leagues last year. The Brewers suffered a catching injury on short notice and needed somebody to be the backup, so they pulled Hall down from Appleton and he was in the big leagues for one day. He was sent back to High-A Wisconsin after the game, and he's working on making his next call up more permanent.
While Hall isn't a highly regarded prospect, you wouldn't know that from his first nine games this season in Wisconsin. Hall is hitting .303/.361/.788 with five homers and a 1.149 OPS. Five of his ten hits are homers.
That kind of success may not be sustainable for the mustachioed Australian backstop, but it's still notable. While Hall may cool off, if he can continue to improve as a hitter and make strides at the plate, he could find himself moving up prospect lists and staying on the organizational radar. The Brewers have a lot of depth at catcher in the minors, and Hall is standing out so far in 2023.
The sample sizes may be relatively small right now, but a hot start is always better than a cold one, especially for these prospects looking to make a good impression on the organization.