Milwaukee Brewers: Ranking the 25 Top Prospects of 2023
Here are the 25 Top Brewers Prospects for the 2023 season.
23. OF Jace Avina
Drafted out of high school as a 14th rounder in the 2021 draft, outfielder Jace Avina made his pro debut last season and impressed right away with the loudness of his bat at the Arizona Complex. In just 36 games there he collected eight doubles, a triple, and 10 homers, which was good for a 1.067 OPS.
As a result, Avina was able to make it to Carolina for 28 games where he slugged another four doubles, two triples, and five homers, though his average dropped from .294 to .245. He already has some of the best power in the bottom half of the minors and at just 19 years old, it's scary to think that it could only continue to develop.
24. SS/3B Johan Barrios
Though he was signed as a shortstop two winters ago, Johan Barrios is being listed at third base here as well considering he played far more games there (23) than he did at short (8) in his first taste of pro ball last season.
Regardless of what position he ends up at, his bat did more of the talking than his defense in 2022 as he hit .292 with a .351 OBP over 34 games in the Dominican Summer League. He didn't show much power there but could develop it as he just turned 18 last month.
25. OF Carlos Rodriguez
And with our final spot on the top 25 we also see our second Carlos Rodriguez, this time referring to the outfield prospect who was signed in the summer of 2017 out of Venezuela. Unfortunately, he was another prospect to have his 2022 season cut short, playing just 42 games with High-A Wisconsin before an ACL injury ended his season.
Leading up to that, he had shown himself to be one of the better hitters in the system, with a .294 career average and .348 OBP in 240 games. It's unlikely he'll develop much power, but he plays a solid outfield as well, which should keep him rising through the system if he continues to hit after his injury.
It won't be long before a good chunk of these prospects are out on the field for the Brewers during spring training. At their current paces, a few may even be on the field for the Crew during the regular season as well.