Milwaukee Brewers Prospects 2022 Season in Review: #11-15
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #14 - Felix Valerio - INF
After having one of the best seasons of his professional baseball career in 2021, Valerio struggled with his transition to Double-A Biloxi in 2022. In 113 games with the Shuckers, Valerio hit .228 with a .670 OPS, which was down almost 220 points to the previous season. Despite the lack of hitting, part of his power increased as he smashed 12 home runs while he also drew 48 walks.
Valerio spent most of his games as the second baseman, but has been stretched as a utility man, gaining time as a designated hitter, third baseman, and corner outfielder.
For the 2023 season, I expect Valerio to bounce back and have a similar season to what he had the year before in Carolina. He'll be more comfortable at the Double-A level and if he has the type of season he once had, expect to see him in Triple-A with Nashville by the end of the season.
2022 Brewers prospect season in review: #15 - Hendry Mendez - OF
After being signed in the early winter months of 2021 and dominating in Rookie ball, Mendez slowed down a little bit during the 2022 season with Carolina. Appearing in 105 games and compiling 446 plate appearances, Mendez struggled to make contact with the ball.
Getting on base via the hit 92 times, he struggled to shoot the ball to the gap as he only hit 11 doubles and had just one triple. His awareness at the plate increased as he drew 62 walks, which was almost three times more than his previous season.
Mendez will most likely start the season in Carolina again looking to improve upon what was a not so great season. The highest he'll likely get is High-A Wisconsin, though if he's really tearing the cover off the ball like he was in 2021 then we might see him make an appearance in Double-A Biloxi.