Brewers Prospect To Keep At All Costs #3: OF Luis Lara
While this name may be a bit lesser known by Brewers fans at the moment, Luis Lara is certainly a prospect that is worth keeping at all costs right now. There's a lot of promise and potential with Lara and trading him now would be selling early and way below his peak value.
As an 18 year old in Low-A Carolina, Lara is slashing .300/.408/.375 with 15 stolen bases, 28 walks, and just 22 strikeouts in 160 at-bats.
Lara is on the Jackson Chourio timeline, reaching Low-A as an 18 year old a month into the season, completely skipping over the Arizona Complex League. He's been dominating the Carolina League as an on-base machine. His incredibly low strikeout rate is impressive for a player of any age, but especially being so young at a level where the average player is much older.
Lara doesn't have the power potential that Chourio does, but this kid sure can hit, and his excellent speed makes him an ideal leadoff hitter of the future. The ceiling is so high with Lara that it would make no sense to deal him this early in his career.
A player on the rise with such talent that hasn't gotten on the national radar yet is sure to be a popular name among other GMs in trade talks. Other teams will certainly try to get Lara included in a deal. While the national media may not have him in Top 100 lists yet, scouts and teams around the league have surely noticed Lara.
Matt Arnold needs to stand strong and not be willing to include Luis Lara in trade talks this summer.