Milwaukee Brewers third ranked prospect in catcher Jeferson Quero is putting together a monster season in Double-A. His ascension this year has put him in several top 100 prospect leader boards and he was selected to the MLB Futures game earlier this year. Unfortunately, an injury has now placed him on the injured list.
Over the weekend, Quero bruised his hand from a swing. Per Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, this injury is expected to keep him out for approximately one week, which is why the Biloxi Shuckers placed him on the injured list.
How has Milwaukee Brewers top catching prospect Jeferson Quero performed this season?
20-year-old Jeferson Quero has been dominant this season both behind the dish and at the plate. He one of the strongest throwing arms in all of the minor leagues and is an excellent defender, having thrown out 21 base stealers this season.
Along with his defense, he has gained valuable experience and familiarity in working with a few pitchers who are currently with the Brewers or could be with them in the near future. Abner Uribe began the year with the Shuckers, Ryan Middendorf is breaking out and could be a fast rising prospect, and starting pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is last year's minor league pitcher of the year for the Crew.
Offensively, Quero is also impressing at the plate. Aside from his 19-year-old teammate Jackson Chourio, not many people at his age have been able to have the amount of success in the upper minor leagues that Quero is having. He has a .292/.377/.494 slash line, a career best 13 home runs, and has struck out just 47 times in 268 plate appearances.
Quero's performance so far this season is very exciting news for the Brewers. How fast Milwaukee elects to move him up will be worth monitoring as the team currently has William Contreras as their everyday catcher. Contreras has not yet reached arbitration and is under team control for several more seasons.
While no injury is ever good, this one appears to be a rather minor one. Hopefully Quero will spend the minimum amount of time on the IL and rejoin the Biloxi Shuckers in the near future.
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