The Brewers farm system has had one of the best seasons in all of Minor League baseball. Entering the 2023 season ranked 15th in all of baseball, during the mid-season rankings per MLB.com, the Brewers flew to the top with the third-best farm system in all of baseball, trailing only the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. All this wouldn't have been made possible without some of the top players in the system, and the Milwaukee Brewers have awarded them.
Typically the Robin Yount award is handed to two players, one of them being the best pitcher in the farm system and the other to the best hitter. This year the Brewers have selected co-winners on each side, which happens to be the first time in franchise history this has occurred.
For the second year in a row right-handed pitcher Carlos Rodriguez has won the award, and he's done it alongside lefty Robert Gasser. Similar to the batting side, outfielder Jackson Chourio has won the award for the second year in a row, with second baseman Tyler Black joining him.
Let's take a dive into each of these individuals 2023 accomplishments
#6 Prospect - RHP Carlos Rodriguez - (9-6, 2.88 ERA, 158 SO)
Rodriguez had one of the best seasons anyone could ask for, and saw him rise through the ranks of the Brewers farm system. Making appearances in the World Baseball Classic for team Nicaragua, then starting the season in Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, he got the promotion to Triple-A Nashville Sounds for the final few weeks of the season along with the playoff push.
Rodriguez was a prime example of how excellent the pitching lab continues to be for the Brewers, throwing pitching a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time in his professional career (had a 3.01 ERA in 2022). He started 25 games for the Shuckers where he pitched 123.1 innings, striking out 152 batters and walking just 53. The 2021 sixth round draft pick has good chances of finding himself on the big league club by the end of 2024 season.
#5 Prospect - LHP Robert Gasser - (9-1, 3.79 ERA, 166 SO)
One of the big pieces of the 2022 Josh Hader trade shined in his first full season in the Brewers pitching lab. Spending the entire 2023 season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Gasser made 25 starts, finishing with a 3.79 ERA. Gasser led the way with 166 total strikeouts and was a consistent starter in the Sounds rotation. Gasser narrowly missed out on a September call up, but will make it tough for Matt Arnold and Co. to not include him on the 2024 Opening Day roster.
And now for the batters...
#1 Prospect - OF Jackson Chourio - (.282/.338/.805, 22 HR, 91 RBI)
Chourio continued to do things in 2023 that haven't been done since Mike Trout was in the minors, and for this, he finds himself as the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball along with the Robin Yount award winner for the second year in a row.
Chourio spent the majority of the 2023 season in Double-A with the Shuckers, before getting a late season promotion to Triple-A with sounds following the conclusion of the Double-A season. With the Shuckers he played in 122 games, where he smashed 22 home runs, 23 doubles, all the while tallying 89 RBIs. On top of all this, he showed off his speed stealing 43 bases, showing why he has all five tools.
In six games with the Sounds, he had seven hits in 21 plate appearances, including three doubles and two RBI. The Brewers system from top to bottom is loaded with outfield talent, and with three of the top four prospect outfielders already making their debut with the club, it'll be hard to not include the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball from joining a former MVP along with other former top prospects in Milwaukee.
#4 Prospect - 2B Tyler Black - (.284/.417/.513, 18 HR, 88 RBI)
Last but certainly not least, the second part of the co-Robin Yount award winner, is Tyler Black. If you split the season into thirds, Black spent the first two thirds of the season with the Shuckers and then was promoted for the the last third, to the Sounds.
Combined, Black has had a phenomenal year, batting .284, and showing off the power with 18 long balls, and the speed with 47 stolen bases. In what has been about half the sample size, Black has been playing even better with the Sounds since his promotion, with a line of .310/.428/.514. In 142 at-bats, he has nine doubles, four triples, and four home runs. He has been a lockdown piece for the right side of the infield and is a very quiet top prospect in the Brewers system.
With the Brewers infield also dealing with being crowded, it's hard not to imagine what an infield of Brice Turang, Willy Adames and Tyler Black will look like. Chances of seeing him in Milwaukee in 2024 are high.