With all the new rankings of MLB's top 100 prospects, and Brewers fans being amongst the one's that are most excited with Jackson Chourio breaking the top 10. We take a look at a few prospects that maybe don't get all the spotlight as we go through the next five prospects, the latter half of the top 20.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #16 - Daniel Guilarte - SS
Coming from the January 2021 international signing class, Daniel Guilarte has a chance to make the class even more impressive after the emergence of Chourio. Guilarte has only played in rookie ball with the Brewers Blue team, but there he showed how to get on base.
In 36 games played, he batted .307/.403/.371. Right there at 19 years old, is exciting as he has a lot of room to grow. According to his bio on MLB.com, he put the ball on the ground 60% of the time which is huge for the Brewers organization as that's something the team in general struggles with. His contact with the ball isn't all that stands out as his speed along with his arm is rated 60, which is above average. He moved around a little bit on the infield but stayed mainly on at shortstop. posting a .932 fielding percentage and committing eight errors. I'd expect his errors to either go down or stay put as he progresses and he becomes more comfortable.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #17 - Robert Moore - 2B
Once projected as a top 10 draft pick prior to his junior season at Arkansas, Robert Moore slipped all the way down to the 72nd pick where the Brewers selected him. Scouts projected him to be an early pick coming right out of high school but instead he chose to go to Arkansas where he excelled in his first two seasons and then ended his career on a bit of a slump.
In his first season in the Brewers organization he started out in rookie ball, where he made a few appearances, then headed to the Single-A Carolina Mudcats for the final month of the season. There he batted .264/.352/.418 in 27 games. It's not a huge sample size, but all of the former hype around Moore should still get Brewers fans excited as we know he still has that in him.
Recently he has been playing summer ball in Brisbane, Australia, where there he has been tearing it up. Crushing eight home runs in 40 games, as well as 10 doubles, and 14 stolen bases. If that's anything for what's to come this upcoming Minor League season, expect him to shoot up the prospect charts for the Brewers.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #18 - Hedbert Perez - OF
After signing in the summer of 2019, Perez didn't get his first chance in professional baseball until the 2021 season with the cancellation of Minor League Baseball during the 2020 season due to COVID-19. After coming onto the scene hot during his 32 game stint in rookie ball, he went to Carolina where he played the last couple of weeks in the season and struggled a bit.
His Single-A struggles carried over into the 2022 season. Batting a rough .216/.272/.393 line. He stole nine bags but was caught nine times. The biggest highlight of his season was the power that he showed, 15 home runs, 23 doubles, and two triples. Perez is on bounceback alert, I'd expect him to drop once the Brewers new top 30 prospects come out.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #19 - Carlos Rodriguez - RHP
Selected in the sixth round of the 2021 draft, Rodriguez finally was able to get his first season under his belt. Beginning in Carolina, he started strong pitching a 3.53 ERA as well as striking out 84 batters in just 71.1 innings. After his impressive season with the Mudcats he was promoted with to the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Rodriguez only started in seven games for the Timber Rattlers, but he continued his dominant pitching. In 36.1 innings he finished with a 2.23 ERA followed by striking out 45 batters. I expect Rodriguez to start with the Timber Rattlers and at this rate expect him to quickly become the next top pitching prospect within the Brewers organization.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #20 - Russell Smith - LHP
Selected in the second round of the 2021 MLB draft, Smith hasn't had the best of luck since his Tommy John Surgery that happened during the 2019 season which took him out of most of the 2020 season.
In his first season of professional baseball, he was placed with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He started 15 games with the Timber Rattlers and struggled to get innings. Pitching 68.1 innings and during that time posting a 4.87 ERA. He gave up 63 hits during that stretch as well as eight home runs. This was his first full season since the surgery but he could gain more comfort as the season goes on and the hype that he was getting during his college days we could see that come back.