Milwaukee Brewers: Ranking the 25 Top Prospects of 2023
Here are the 25 Top Brewers Prospects for the 2023 season.
3. OF Joey Wiemer
Sometimes when ranking prospects you have to balance future ceiling against current MLB readiness. In this case, we're placing quite a bit of value in the former, because when he is at his best, Joey Wiemer looks every bit of a great future major leaguer.
Wiemer stormed his way through the minors in 2021 with a 27 homer, 30 steal, .958 OPS season that earned him the club's minor league player of the year award that season. He started off 2022 in the same fashion before a severe midseason slump slowed things down (though not enough to prevent a promotion to Triple-A).
He ultimately overcame that and finished the season strong, even cutting down his strikeout rate along the way, and posted a solid .256 average and .801 OPS with 21 homers in 2023. His slump from last year put him a bit behind a couple of his outfield prospect companions, but his combination of power, speed, and outfield defense (including his rocket arm) perhaps give him the highest MLB potential among any of them outside of Chourio.
4. OF Garrett Mitchell
Sometimes you theorize a prospect's MLB potential, and other times you get to see a glimpse of it in real time. Last year, fans got to see one center fielder of the future become the center fielder of today when Garrett Mitchell put on the Brewers jersey for the first time toward the end of the season.
Mitchell was drafted by Milwaukee as the 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft as the possible heir apparent at center field to Lorenzo Cain, who at that point had two and a half years left on his contract. Cain would be DFA'd last summer and not much longer after that, Mitchell made his debut.
After starting a little slowly, Mitchell started catching on and had himself a solid 28 games. He batted .311, had his first two major league homers, and even added his first career walkoff. He'll need to work on getting his strikeout rate down (41.2%) and it would be nice if he can answer the question about whether he'll ever fully tap in to his in-game raw power. But he showed early that he can get on base and make things happen on the basepaths at the MLB level, something the team can definitely use.