Prospect rankings were a bit of a grim topic when it came to the Milwaukee Brewers in the not so distant past. That's what happens when you trade off assets to put your Major League team in a more competitive position.
Things have been looking brighter lately, however. The Brewers have restocked some their organization with some higher end talent through trades and effective drafting over the last few years.
FanGraphs seems to agree. They just released their list of the top 38 Milwaukee Brewers prospects for the 2023 season and when you compare it to their list from the previous year, you can see that the talent level down on the farm has been growing from year to year.
With the 2023 version released, let's dig in a bit to FanGraphs' 2023 top 38 Milwaukee Brewers prospects.
The list kicks off with the Brewers' incredible rising star, outfielder Jackson Chourio. FanGraphs gives him a grade of 60 for his future value (FV), equivalent to a future All-Star in their system (you can read more about their FV grading system here). I guess that's not surprising considering he hit Double-A last year at the young age of 18.
Chourio's FV grade is just one example of the top end of the system improving. You have to go back to 2019 (Keston Hiura) to find a Brewers prospect with a FV of 60. FanGraphs also gives them three prospects with a FV of 50, an amount the site hadn't given Milwaukee since 2018, perhaps the last time the team was loaded with prospects.
Those three prospects with a FV of 50 are shortstop Brice Turang and outfielders Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer. All three saw a significant amount of time at the Triple-A level and while Turang is already on the 40-man roster and will almost certainly see time in the bigs in 2023, Frelick and Wiemer are not yet, though there is a good chance they will be at some point next season, if not right away.
As we move a little farther down the list, we see some changes in the team's pitching rankings. For a while, 2019 first rounder Ethan Small was the team's highest ranked prospect. He has now slipped down to No. 13 while three pitchers have surpassed him in the rankings.
Those pitchers are No. 5 Robert Gasser, who was acquired in the Josh Hader trade, No. 7 Abner Uribe, a flamethrower who was added the 40-man roster recently along with Turang, and No. 8 Jacob Misiorowski, a second round draft pick just last summer. All three have a FV of 45 per FanGraphs.
With this list, we also get to see where some of the offseason acquisitions start to land. Pitchers Janson Junk and Adam Seminaris, acquired from the Angels in the Hunter Renfroe trade, land at No. 17 and No. 29, respectively.
Pitcher Gus Varland, who the Brewers just selected in the Rule 5 draft, enters the list at No. 21. Right behind him at No. 22 is outfielder Blake Perkins, who the Crew signed as a free agent in November. Justin Yeager, who joined the organization last week as part of the William Contreras three-team mega trade, sits at No. 30.
You can view the rest of the list at the link provided earlier in the article. You can also compare it to previous years' lists and notice that things are looking brighter for the Brewers' crop of prospects these days.