Brewers Prospects: 2023 1st Round Pick Already Promoted to High-A Wisconsin

The 18th overall pick had just recently made his professional debut at the Arizona Complex

Wake Forest v LSU
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Seeing prospects get promoted multiple levels in a year is nothing new for the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, two of their best prospects saw this happen across each of the last two seasons.

Last year, Jackson Chourio turned himself from a very promising prospect to one of the top prospects in all of Major League Baseball. In doing so, he went from Low-A Carolina at the beginning of the season to Double-A Biloxi just months later.

This season, the team's top pitching prospect followed in his footsteps. Jacob Misiorowski, the flamethrowing starting pitcher, started his second pro season in Carolina and then found himself in Biloxi shortly after the 2023 All-Star break.

Well, today another Milwaukee prospect jumped a couple of levels within the organization. This one, though, is even newer to the team than either of the previous two future Brewers.

On Thursday, 2023 first-rounder Brock Wilken was promoted to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

That right, Brewers fans. Just a short drive away in Appleton will be the team's 2023 first round pick Brock Wilken, who they selected 18th overall less than a month ago. The Timber Rattlers themselves announced the transaction earlier today.

Wilken came to the Brewers after a strong career at Wake Forest University. There, he hit .299 with 1.098 OPS and 71 home runs. The third baseman set a single season record for homers for the Deamon Deacons and a career homer record for the ACC.

Recently, Wilken began his professional career with the Brewers' Arizona Complex League and started off just as hot as he finished his college career. He was able to get seven games under his belt and hit .333 with a 1.036 OPS in those games while also hitting a triple and a homer while driving in six runs. He struck out six times in 21 plate appearances while drawing four walks.

That Wilken made the jump to High-A might not be that surprising considering the crop of college hitters that was available toward the back half of the first round of this year's draft was very strong. Some may have been drafted out of high school in 2020 had that draft not been shortened due to the Covid situation.

But this isn't the type of thing fans have gotten to see from the Brewers organization in recent years so the Wilken promotion still comes as a pleasant surprise. Just like many of the team's other top prospects, make sure to see him in High-A before it's too late!