The deadline to protect eligible minor league players from the Rule 5 Draft is coming up on Tuesday at 6 PM. The Milwaukee Brewers have several prospects worthy of consideration.
There's only so many roster spots to go around on the 40 man, though. As the roster currently stands, the Brewers have 34 players on the 40 man, leaving six open spots. Milwaukee's unlikely to fill all six of those spots at this deadline.
However, they will be adding a few players, so let's dig into the prominent eligible players and whether they should be protected or left off the roster.
Brewers prospect to protect #1 - C Jeferson Quero
This should be the easiest decision for the Brewers to make. Jeferson Quero is the Crew's #2 prospect, right behind Jackson Chourio, and he plays a premium position. Quero put up fantastic numbers for a 20 year old in Double-A Biloxi this season.
Quero has the 4 P's: Pedigree, Production, Proximity, and Premium Position working in his favor. He's close to the big leagues and any team would gladly take him and stash him as a backup catcher on their roster at the worst with a chance to potentially start.
Right now, Quero is number two on the organizational depth chart at catcher after Victor Caratini's and Payton Henry's free agency. Protecting Quero on the 40 man is an incredibly likely move. He'll start next season in Triple-A most likely, but he could be in the big leagues soon, especially with a 40 man spot.
Brewers prospect to leave off the roster #1 - OF Carlos D. Rodriguez
There's a lot to like about Carlos D. Rodriguez as a prospect. The young outfielder has a knack for making contact and he doesn't strike out. This season for Double-A Biloxi, Rodriguez was 3rd in the Southern League in batting average, hitting .291 on the year. He also added 21 doubles and 40 walks to just 50 strikeouts in nearly 400 at-bats.
The problem with Rodriguez's chances of making the 40 man roster are two-fold. One, he doesn't supply much of any power. He's not a home run threat and he's not enough of a stolen base threat to counteract that. Two, the Brewers 40 man roster is already loaded with outfielders. The Brewers can afford to risk losing him, even though he's a very good contact hitter, because of the sheer depth at the position.
Rodriguez has a decent chance of not getting selected in the Rule 5 and sticking in the Brewers organization, where his contact ability would be very good to keep around, but it's unlikely Rodriguez will warrant protection on the 40 man.