Now that the 2023 Draft selections have been made, the work of signing those picks and figuring out where they slot in in the organization begins. The Milwaukee Brewers figure to sign each of their selections from the first two days of the Draft.
Several big time prospects were added to the organization, led by first round pick Brock Wilken. Now the question is, where do these players fit in on the Brewers top prospects list?
MLB Pipeline isn't going to update their lists until after the signing deadline, but these will be our rankings at Reviewing the Brew on where these 2023 Brewers Draft picks will slot in on our Top 30 list.
The 2023 Brewers draft class brings several new players to the Crew's Top 30 Prospects list.
3B Brock Wilken - Projected Top 30 Rank: 9th
The Brewers have five prospects currently in the Top 100: Jackson Chourio, Sal Frelick, Jeferson Quero, Jacob Misiorowski, and Tyler Black. Brock Wilken is not going to crack the Top 100 overall, and he won't crack the Top 5 in the Brewers system. I have Wilken fitting in as the 9th best prospect in the system.
Ahead of Wilken, beyond the clear top five, I have Robert Gasser, Eric Brown Jr, and Luis Lara, who is dominating Low-A as an 18 year old. That leaves Wilken to come in at number nine.
Wilken is the best pure power hitter in the Brewers system now. The hit tool has some question marks, and he can certainly move up this list once he gets going in the minor leagues and performs.
SS Cooper Pratt - Projected Top 30 Rank: 10th
Cooper Pratt makes the top 10 of my updated Brewers prospect list as well as the highest upside of any pick in this class. He's the second highest rated prospect the Brewers selected, widely viewed as a 1st-2nd round talent.
Pratt's ability to stick at the shortstop position with his size, hitting ability, and power gives him an enormous ceiling and makes him an instant top 10 prospect in any system, even one as deep as the Brewers.
3B Eric Bitonti - Projected Top 30 Rank: 17th
I'm putting the Brewers 3rd round pick, Eric Bitonti, at 17th in the farm system right now. He has a ton of upside, but still some questions about his bat and moves to a corner spot, so he falls a little further below Pratt.
At this point, it's hard to justify ranking Bitonti ahead of guys like Carlos Rodriguez, Robert Moore, Abner Uribe, and Daniel Guilarte. There's a lot more risk in his profile, although the Brewers clearly do like him. But these other players have been in the Brewers system and putting up numbers, so he'll fall in right behind them.
RHP Josh Knoth - Projected Top 30 Rank: 22nd
I may be a bit lower on Josh Knoth in these initial ranks just because there's so much risk in a high school right-hander and it's going to take a long time before he makes it to the big leagues.
Knoth has great stuff, highlighted by an upper-90s fastball and a 3,000 RPM curveball. The Brewers pitching lab will work on refining his changeup. He didn't use it much in high school, because, well, he didn't need it. When you throw that hard with that nasty of a curveball, you can dominate high school ball with just that.
The pitching lab will probably turn Knoth into a stud, but how quickly can he move through the system? He's only 17 years old. You don't see too many pitchers make the big leagues at 19 or 20 or even 21 years old. There's so much risk here, although the upside is much higher than the 22nd ranked prospect in the system. Until we see him in games and with that third pitch, I can't justify putting him higher than this.
Like Jacob Misiorowski, once we see his dominant stuff on the mound in pro ball, he could move up the rankings quickly.
3B/1B Mike Boeve - Projected Top 30 Rank: 28th
Again, I may be a bit on the lower side with Boeve, but he's an underslot signing in the 2nd round with some questions about his defensive fit and future power potential.
Boeve has a great feel for contact and doesn't strike out much. He hits the ball on the ground a lot and doesn't have very high exit velocities, so I have concerns about his true ceiling. It's not a common offensive profile for a corner infielder.
Perhaps he'll make some adjustments and tap into some power once he gets into the minor leagues, but I'll have to see it before I put him higher in the prospect rankings.