While Milwaukee Brewers pitchers and catchers are mere days away from reporting to spring training, this time of year brings another team-related activity. It's prospect ranking season!
The quality of prospects down in the Crew's farm system is they highest fans have seen in years. They have a top 10 prospect in all of baseball, several young players (mostly outfielders) who are knocking on the door of the majors, and recent drafts have provided more hope for the future.
With 2022 performances in the books and a new season about to begin, it's time to see how the best of the best Brewers prospects rank going into 2023. Fans probably have a good idea who the top couple players on the list might be, but how do the rest shake out? Let's take a look at the 25 best that the Brewers organization has to offer.
Here are the 25 Top Brewers Prospects for the 2023 season.
1. OF Jackson Chourio
What more can we say about young outfield phenom Jackson Chourio at this point? 18 years old, .288 average and .879 OPS with 20+ doubles and homers in his first year of affiliated ball, made it all the way up to Double-A, you know the drill.
Brewers fans aren't the only ones taking notice. Chourio started shooting up prospects boards in the second half of last season and debuted even higher to begin 2023. MLB Pipeline has him as the eighth best prospect in all of baseball while Baseball America has him even higher at No. 3, and may even rank him No. 1 if their top couple graduate early as is expected.
Chourio didn't get to spend much time at Double-A Biloxi last season, so he'll likely be back there again to start 2023. If he continues to show his true five-tool status there, it probably won't be long before he heads to Triple-A Nashville. And then it's just a matter of time before fans see him in a Brewer uniform as one of the very best prospects the team has seen in years.
2. OF Sal Frelick
There is a pretty general consensus as to who the second best prospect in the Brewers system is as well and that would be the 2021 first rounder Sal Frelick. According to MLB Pipeline, it even gives Milwaukee two top 30 prospects in all of baseball.
Frelick has done nothing but hit and get on base since joining the organization. He has a career .331 average and .406 on base percentage in his short minor league career, not to mention 36 steals and nine triples in 154 games, which saw him ascend all the way to Triple-A last season.
That incredible hit tool hasn't gone unnoticed as MLB Pipeline. They grade him out at a 70 in hitting, which gives him the highest rated hit tool among their entire top 100 prospects list. He may not make the 2023 Opening Day roster, but there's good chance his MLB debut won't have to wait much longer than that.