Milwaukee Brewers Prospects 2022 Season in Review: #11-15

Jackson Heiden
Jul 26, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ethan Small (43) throws a pitch
Jul 26, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ethan Small (43) throws a pitch / Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #12 - Luis Lara - OF

During the midst of the 2022 season, Luis Lara signed with the Brewers and quickly turned into a top 30 prospect. The Venezuelan signed for $1.1 million and began his career in the Dominican Summer League where he showed off in his 58 games.

In his first season in the minors, Lara had 229 plate appearances and had 52 hits. 11 of those hits were doubles, while four of those were triples. He drew 21 walks as well and struck out just 28 times.

According to MLB.com's bio on Lara, he attracts eyes due to his speed and is made for the center field position. I'd expect Lara to start in Single-A Carolina in 2023 and, if all things go according to plan, to see him with High-A Wisconsin by season's end.

2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #13 - Janson Junk - RHP

Recently acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for Hunter Renfroe, pitcher Janson Junk had quite the busy travel season during the 2022 year. Junk was optioned or recalled a total of seven times despite being apart of a club that struggles with their pitching.

During his Triple-A portion of the season, Junk appeared in 16 games, where he was somewhat inconsistent. Pitching a 4.64 ERA in 73.2 innings, he was able to keep the home runs down as he only gave up nine. In his three games with the Angels last season, he pitched only eight and a third innings and gave up six earned runs.

Junk knows how to do exactly what his name says, he throws a slider and a curve that sits around the high 70s and low 80s. With the Brewers pitching lab turning out so many high quality pitchers, Junk could easily find his footing with the Brewers and become another high quality pitcher. Expect to see him on the big league club, possibly even on Opening Day and probably in the bullpen.

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