Brewers Rookie Level Player To Watch #2: OF Luis Castillo
I'm a little surprised Luis Castillo is back in the ACL this year. He dominated the league last year and earned a promotion to Low-A Carolina. With Carolina, Castillo hit a solid .250/.336/.360 with three homers and four stolen bases in 100 ABs.
Overall in 2022, Castillo hit .275 with 19 extra base hits and a .791 OPS.
If he continues to hit the ball well in Arizona to start the year, it likely won't be long before the Brewers promote him to Low-A once again. He has experience at that level and seems ready for the leap, even though he's just 19 years old.
Castillo is a left handed hitter that's well suited for a corner outfield spot. He has the throwing arm to be able to handle right field and the power to go with it. He's shown a good feel for hitting and drawing his walks. If he can make the jump to Low-A and continue to succeed, hitting for power and a solid average, Castillo could jump into some Top 30 prospect lists.
Brewers Rookie Level Player To Watch #3: OF Yeison Perez
The Brewers are shaping up to have had an incredible 2021 International signing class. It's led of course by Jackson Chourio, followed by Hendry Mendez and Daniel Guilarte. Other members of that class include Jadher Areinamo, the aforementioned Luis Castillo, and outfielder Yeison Perez.
Yeison Perez is making his stateside debut in 2023 after spending two seasons in the Dominican Summer League. His first season was nothing special, hitting just .244 with just one homer and a .626 OPS.
Perez repeated the level in 2022 and absolutely raked. He slashed .331/.409/.654 with 15 doubles, four triples, and seven home runs, ending with a 1.063 OPS. He put his name on the map with his combination of power and hitting ability that he showed. Now Perez is looking to repeat that kind of performance in the Arizona Complex League to further prove his breakout last year was legitimate and that he's a prospect that should be on everyone's radar.
The Brewers have had great success with Venezuelan prospects and Perez could just be the latest one. Keep an eye on his numbers in the ACL this year, and we could see him make his way to Carolina soon enough.