Checking In on the Brewers Prospects at the Arizona Fall League Halfway Point

With the Arizona Fall League at its halfway point, let's see how some Brewers prospects have been doing there.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' Eric Brown Jr. (20) throws a runner out at first base against the Peoria
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' Eric Brown Jr. (20) throws a runner out at first base against the Peoria / Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin /

While the Milwaukee Brewers have moved on to their offseason and are already starting to make roster moves, a handful of their prospects continue to be active down in the Arizona Fall League.

The Brewers prospects who are taking part in this year's league are playing for the Surprise Saguaros squad. With the league at its midway point, that team sits in third place out of six teams, though they have a +33 run differential and are one of just two teams in the positive so far.

Eight Brewers prospects were originally selected to take part in the league and some have been having some standout performances. With half of the league season over, let's take a look at how the prospects have done.

Brewers hitting prospects in the Arizona Fall League

Wes Clarke - 1B

Brewers 2021 10th rounder Wes Clarke has had an outstanding start to the Arizona Fall League. His 1.067 OPS is second on the team while he leads the team in home runs with 12 and in runs batted in with 16. He has also cut down his strikeout-to-walk ratio a little bit from 1.65 during the minor league season with the Biloxi Shuckers to 1.5 this fall.

Eric Brown Jr. - SS

Hampered a bit by injuries during the minor league season, Eric Brown Jr. has gone back to being a hitting and on base machine this fall. He currently leads the team in doubles (five) is second on the team in both batting average (.333) and stolen bases (eight), and is fifth in OBP (.433).

Hendry Mendez - OF

19-year-old outfielder Hendry Mendez hasn't gotten into as much game action as the previous two prospects, having played in eight games compared to Clarke's 13 and Brown's 15. He has gone just 5-for-27 with two doubles and two RBIs in those games.

Brewers pitching prospects in the Arizona Fall League

Adam Seminaris - LHP

Acquired last offseason in the Hunter Renfroe trade, Adam Seminaris was limited to just 16 games during the minor league season due to injury. He has pitched in two games with one start and given up two runs over six innings on six hits and a walk with nine strikeouts, also earning one win.

Justin Yeager - RHP

Also acquired via an offseason trade, righty Justin Yeager had even worse luck with injuries as he pitched in just three games during the regular season. He has pitched in five games, all in relief, and has given up four runs in five innings on seven hits and two walks, while striking out six.

Joseph Hernandez - RHP

Yet another offseason acquisition of the Brewers is pitching in the Arizona Fall League in Joseph Hernandez. He's had a rough go, giving up five earned runs over four innings on five walks and seven hits, two of those being homers.

Justin King - LHP

A standout reliever for the TImber Rattlers during the regular season, Justin King has pitched in the second most games (four) of any Brewers prospect behind just Yeager. He's given up two runs in 3.1 innings, though he has held batters to a .231 average.

Shane Smith - RHP

Shane Smith was another strong relief prospect for the Brewers, pitching at the Low-A, High-A, and Double-A levels in 2023. He has only pitched in 2.1 innings but hasn't yet given up a run or walk, has allowed just two hits, and has struck out three.