Brewers third base prospects
Like Miller, Brewers prospect Tyler Black is another player mentioned as a potential candidate for the first base job. Either way, I am campaigning hard for Black to make the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day roster at one of the corner infield spots.
Black is a very highly regarded prospect in the Brewers farm system, listed currently as their No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline. Last year between Double-A and Triple-A, Black slashed .284/.417/.513, equating to a .930 OPS. In that time, he hit 18 home runs and stole 55 bases.
That blend of solid power and blazing speed is something the Brewers have seen from some of their best players in recent memory. Adding more speed and base stealing potential only puts more pressure on opponents. Black will have plenty of opportunities to steal bases with his .417 on base percentage. If his numbers translate from the minors to the majors, he could be the Brewers' next star.
Black played 97 games at third base in 2023, 69 in Double-A and 28 in Triple-A. Interestingly, his fielding percentage at third base went up at the higher level, .971 compared to .921 in Double-A.
Tyler Black, in my opinion, offers a better long term outlook at the hot corner than any of the three third baseman currently on the roster.
Other third base prospects in the minors for the Brewers include Eric Bitonti, Mike Boeve, and 2023 first round pick Brock Wilken. Wilken is the only one even remotely close to the majors as all three of these prospects were picked in last year's draft. Wilken played six games at Double-A with the Biloxi Shuckers, so while he is an intriguing prospect, he really isn't on the radar for the 2024 season.