Brewers Rookie Level Player To Watch #4: OF Yophery Rodriguez
The crown jewel of the Brewers 2023 international signing class is Yophery Rodriguez. After getting a $1.5MM signing bonus, the 17 year old Rodriguez will make his professional debut with the DSL Brewers 1 squad.
MLB Pipeline currently ranks Rodriguez as the Crew's 26th best prospect on the strength of his natural hitting ability and left handed swing. He has excellent plate discipline that should lead to low strikeout totals, which is exactly what needs to be seen from him in the DSL. Given the level of the competition down in the bottom rung of the organization, players with high strikeout totals in the DSL generally don't make it very far up the ladder. Since making contact and drawing walks is already his strength, it should be no issue.
The Brewers have had a lot of recent success with the high bonus players in their international signing classes. They're hoping Rodriguez will be the next. He's a great athlete and there's no weak area in his game, so it'll just be a matter of Rodriguez developing and refining his tools as he climbs up the ladder.
Brewers Rookie Level Player To Watch #5: SS Kevin Ereu
Another one of the top members of the Brewers international signing class this year is Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Ereu. Ereu has the highest star potential of the top two shortstops signed by Milwaukee this year, with the other being Filippo Di Turri. Ereu has legit power at a young age and a good feel for making contact.
Defensively, Ereu has the capability to stick at shortstop moving forward, where his power potential could really play up. Some may question if the hit tool is strong enough, but that's what we'll start to learn more about as he gets his professional career started with the DSL Brewers 1 squad.
Just like with Rodriguez, here at the lowest level of the minor leagues in the DSL, hitters must keep their strikeout totals low if they hope to advance further up the ladder. While the same could be said for any level, if they have strikeout issues at the lowest level, odds are those issues aren't going to go away as they move up the ladder and face better pitching.
Ereu and Rodriguez are the two top pieces of Milwaukee's international class, and they are the top ones to watch in the DSL this year.
These five are the big names, but there are several others to keep an eye on as well. Let's look at some of the honorable mentions.