Both the Brewers' major league and minor league seasons have been over for a while now and Arizona Fall League is over for some of their prospects as well. A handful of prospects, however, continue to get some action in with winter league teams in other countries.
One squad that is home to some of those prospects happens to be on the other side of the world: the Brisbane Bandits in Australia. And one of the Brewers prospects that happens to be performing particularly well is second baseman Robert Moore.
Just last summer, Milwaukee selected Moore, an infielder from the University of Arkansas, as the 72nd overall pick in the Competitive Balance B portion of the 2022 MLB draft. After a quick stop at the Arizona complex, he was off to play for the Low-A Carolina Mudcats.
Moore was able to get 31 games in for his first season of professional baseball. In that time, he slashed a combined .248/.343/.392 with nine doubles, three homers, 16 RBIs, and 17 runs scored while going 7-for-9 in stolen base attempts.
That's not bad for a 20-year-old getting his first taste of pro ball. In his time with the Bandits, though, Moore has unleashed a bit of the power stroke as well.
Brewers 2022 draftee Robert Moore has been slugging his way to some offense while playing "Down Under" this winter.
The fireworks started in Brisbane's very first game on November 10th. In that game, Moore had not just one, but two home runs in a game the Bandits easily won 6-0.
Two home runs in a game is great, but would you rather have that or a grand slam? Well, Moore could tell you what it's like to experience both because last weekend, he cleared the bases with a shot over the wall to right field.
Moore added another bomb in between those two games, giving him four homers which surpasses his total from this summer....and he's done it in just 12 games. Those four homers also happen to be the second most on the team, as are his 15 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Oddly enough, Moore's hits have all been singles or homers, no doubles or triples. But his slash line has been close to what it looked like this summer outside of the slugging percentage (.250/.327/.500), and he's a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases.
Moore isn't the only Brewers prospect having success with the Bandits. Catcher Darrien Miller, a 2019 9th-round pick by Milwaukee, has slashed .258/.429/.419 with two doubles and a homer in 10 games for Brisbane.
On the pitching side, James Meeker, one of the top closers in the Brewers minor leagues last year, has three saves for Brisbane and has gone scoreless in seven innings of work, though oddly he has done that while giving up five hits and three walks. Cameron Wagoner (10.2 IP, 5.06 ERA) and Max Lazar (11 IP, 4.91 ERA) have seen work as well.
But it's always nice when an early pick in particular has a good showing in fall or winter ball. Hopefully the added experience carries over into next season.