With Christmas, comes new toys for all the little ones. With New Year, comes new hopes and ambitions for a lot of people. The Brewers have a lot of new toys on the way up and a lot of hopes and ambitions for the future.
The Brewers recently just added the former #7 overall prospect from the Atlanta Braves to fill a wide-open hole at the catching position. Second baseman Kolten Wong was traded away to the Seattle Mariners which in return leaves another questionable hole along the right side of the middle infield.
Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the potential prospects that could fill that hole and how they faired last season.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #6 - Tyler Black - 2B
If it weren't for the labrum injury that kept Tyler Black out of the lineup for most of his first season in professional baseball, the Brewers fans would be talking about Black possibly being another guy we could see this season. Coming into the 2022 season, after appearing in 23 games in Single-A Carolina, Black was ranked #9 amongst all eligible second base prospects according to the MLB.com.
After having a decent start in his first month of professional baseball coming out of college ball, the 33rd overall pick looked to make waves in his first full season. He started his season in High Wisconsin where he appeared in 64 games. He showed off his speed in the first two months by hitting 13 doubles and 3 triples. Out of 19 stolen base attempts, he only got caught six times.
Black drew 45 walks as well which is a massive quality for a leadoff guy, which is something the Brewers have struggled to have the consistency with over the years. To cap it off, Black had a solid .281/.406/.424 slash line.
Black showed his versatility in the field as well, as he played mainly second base, but spent some time in center field along with the third base. MLB.com predicts to expect Black to the big league level by 2024, and I agree with that as long as he stays healthy.
With the departure of Kolten Wong and the left side of the infield locked up for the Brewers as of right now, people. expect Brice Turang to fill the second base hole, however, if Brewers were to depart with one of those pieces, Black would be a great option.