With the New Year well underway, there are plenty of prospects for the Milwaukee Brewers who have New Year's resolutions to make big strides for this upcoming 2023 season. Some of them even got a big jump on that promise last season.
The next five prospects that we'll cover made varying strides toward their goal of eventually reaching the bigs. There's a couple that actually made their Major League debut and a few that just stayed put in the minors. Let's take a deeper dive into how these prospects 2022 seasons went.
Here's our 2022 season in review for the Brewers prospects ranked 11 through 15.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #11 - Ethan Small - LHP
Once a top five prospect for the Brewers as recently as the 2021 season, Ethan Small took a bit of a dive in the prospect rankings during the 2022 season. Starting the season in Triple-A Nashville, he came out dominant as ever, looking like the top five prospect everyone had been excited for.
In the opening month of the Triple-A season, Small pitched 23.1 innings and during that stretch, finished with a 0.77 ERA. After the dominant April start, Small was awarded International League Pitcher of the Month.
At this point, Brewers fans were questioning why he wasn't up with the club yet, especially with the pitcher injury bug that hit the rotation in May. Finally, after a couple more injuries on the big league club and with a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs coming up, Small got the call.
In his debut, he went two and two-thirds of an inning and struggled with his control, which has been an ongoing issue. He gave up four walks and four hits but only surrendering two runs.
Small was ultimately sent down following the game where he would rejoin Nashville for most of the remainder of the season, only getting one more start with the Brewers where he struggled again against the Minnesota Twins.
Small finished the season with a 4.46 ERA with the Sounds in 103 innings. His command was inconsistent over the season, walking 58 but on the flip side striking out 114 batters. Expect to see Small this upcoming season, though whether that will be in the bullpen or in the rotation coming out of spring training remains to be seen.