4 Brewers Prospects Who Could Be Written Off If They Fail To Produce In 2023

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4. OF Carlos Rodriguez

The Brewers signed Carlos Rodriguez in the 2017 international signing period. He was regarded as a great pure hitter with speed that didn't have much for power, but could really hit. He's essentially lived up to that scouting report.

In his four minor league seasons, Rodriguez has a career .294/.348/.389 slash line. However, that's buoyed by the strength of his 2018 and 2019 campaigns where he hit .325 and .329 respectively across two levels of rookie ball. Ever since moving up to full season ball in Wisconsin, he's been hitting .267 and .268 respectively over the last two seasons.

That's still not bad, but the issue with Rodriguez has been health. He's dealt with injuries that took out massive chunks of his last two seasons. He played in 94 games in 2021 and played in just 42 games this past season.

I'd like to see what Rodriguez can do in Double-A next year, but most of all I'd like to see what he can do with a full season of health. He's already gotten to Rule 5 eligible status and if he's going to have a future in the Brewers outfield, he needs to prove he can stay healthy. Plus, without the promise of really any power and being reliant on the hit tool to carry, Rodriguez will need to do a little better than hitting in the mid-.260s in High-A to have a big league future.

Perhaps Rodriguez's ceiling is only that of a backup outfielder, but if he's going to at least stay on the radar for the Brewers, he needs to perform in 2023 for the full season and improve that hitting ability just a little more.

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