Brewers Weekly Prospect Watch: Checking in on the top 10 prospects

A deep crop of prospects for the Brewers has largely looked solid so far in 2024.
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5. Brock Wilken - 3B

After a strong start to his professional career in 2023 that saw him jump all the way to Double-A in less than two months, 2024 did not get off to as fun of a start for third baseman Brock Wilken. Just five games into this season, last year's 18th overall pick was hit in the face by a pitch and immediately headed to the injured list.

Considering the nature of the injury, it's lucky that Wilken ended up missing less than a month, but it still caused him to miss some valuable playing time. Back in the full swing of things, the 21-year-old hasn't been quite as hot as last year, slashing .227/.297/.371 with seven doubles and four homers in 35 games. Things have looked a little better in June with hits in four of seven games so hopefully the breakout is right around the corner.

6. Carlos F. Rodriguez - RHP

Reaching Triple-A for the first time in his career to begin 2024, Brewers pitching prospect and potential starting pitching depth piece Carlos Rodriguez struggled at first in his new home. In six starts through the end of April, the righty was sitting with a 8.13 ERA and had given up three or more runs in every one of his starts.

Apparently a turn of the page on the calendar was all he needed because in his next six starts, he would give up three or fewer in all of them, dropping his ERA on the season to 5.17. That was apparently exactly what the team needed to see as it has been reported he will make his first career MLB start with the Brewers on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

7. Luis Lara - OF

One of the best stories of the minor league season for the Brewers in 2023 was that of outfielder Luis Lara. The then 18-year-old hit affiliated ball for the first time, playing for both Carolina and Wisconsin and combining to hit .286 with a .732 OPS in 87 games.

Lara has begun this season back with Wisconsin and while his numbers are down a little from last year, it's not by much and still good for a player his age at a .259/.346/.323 slash line in 42 games. His strikeout rate and defense have still stayed in a good spot so there's not much to be concerned about, he just needs time to continue to develop.