Miller Times Your one stop spot for everything Milwaukee The Brewers are on the long and daunting road known as rebuilding. This will cause some of the more loyal fans to fall to the wayside, however the Brewers need the support now more than ever. To start off the season we are going to open up with the Brewers top prospects. Top Hitters 1. CF Powell Beard- 21 Years old- 6’1” 180 pounds- Powell Beard, the Number one pick in the 2043 draft had a tough start in 2043. A whiz in the outfield Beard is far from just a one trick pony. Beard projects to be an plus contact hitter with good power and excellent speed. Scouts have labeled Beard as the next Mike Trout, however the Brewers have made it extremely clear that Beard will spend at very least 3 years in the minor leagues. This has left many fans upset as Beard has been a fan favorite since being selected number one. GM Stephen Donmoyer list Beard as one of the players that could potentially save the struggling organization and has openly praised his work ethic as well as his general understanding of the plan that he has set in motion. Beard can potentially be the next great Brewer. 2. 1B Joel Brooks- 20 Years old- When Brooks was selected in the 4th round of the 4042 draft, nobody could have predicted his stock would rise so fast. Since being drafted scouts have seen Brooks become a serious home run threat that will hit for a good average and not swing at bad pitches. When the Brewers decided that adding young blood to the system GM Stephen Donmoyer made it very clear that they would trade former first basemen Ted Martin for a prospect. When they moved him for Joel Brooks and Stafford many were upset until they saw the raw power Joel possess. Still only 20 years old Brooks is in the midst of really shooting up which could see him become a mega superstar to pair with the likes of Beard. The Brewers plan on letting Brooks take some more swings in the rookie league to see if his stats can live up to his potential. 3. SS Felipe Salinas- 18 Years old- 6’1” 175- Salinas might be better known to some as the 20 million dollar failed investment, as he was the main player involved in GM Stephen Donmoyer’s huge blunder. Since then he has been signed by the Rockies only to be traded months later, right back to the man that thought he was the next big short stop to come into the MLB. Salinas is a little older than some of the other prospects in the international sector, however it is hard to find another player with as much raw talent as he beholds. Salinas has the ability to be a MVP threat down the road. Head scout for the brewers said he once witnessed Salinas hit 23 homeruns in a row during bp for a private session. He later added that over half of them were upper deck shots. Many scouts around the MLB question his ability to stick it out at short and suggest that a move to the hot corner might be coming in the near future. Others have suggested that Salinas start to train to take over 2nd base as many view power as a luxury in terms of a 2nd basemens bat. The Brewers seem to be in no rush to push Salinas up to the next level as it is believed that he is at very least 3 years away. 4. SS Manuel Gonzalez- 16 Years of age-6’1” 170- The main reason the Brewers might force Salinas into another position is due to 16 year old Manuel Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not known to be the prolific hitter that Salinas is supposed to be, however what Gonzalez might lack in bat (not much, trust me) he will make up for with his glove. Gonzalez is expected to hit for a good avg. as well hit with some pop. Many compare Gonzalez to Derek Jeter in terms of club house presence as he seems to be a natural born leader. The main knock on Gonzalez is that he seems to be at least an average fielder in several positions, but not great in any which one. The Brewers are expected to firmly place Gonzalez in short and to let it all play out. Head Scout for the Brewers informed us that the connection Gonzalez and Salinas have isn’t seen in baseball now days. They are always seen pushing each other as they both know that the fate of the Brewers future rest upon their shoulders. 5. OF Steve Mac- 19 Years old- 5’11” 175 pounds- Mac has been raved about since being acquired by the Brewers. A player that has legit 20 HR’s 280 avg, Mac came in the package that saw Parks left. Mac was not well respected in the Rockies organization as he failed to appear in any games his first year. Mac figures to be a well-rounded outfielder with upside at batting number three. The Brewers brought Mac in cause they fell in love with his ability to hit for both avg and power. Still at the ripe young age of only 19 Mac has a lot to learn as do most of the youngsters the Brewers have brought in. Many within the organization think Mac will continue to improve on his fielding ability and turn out to be more of a plus than a liability in the field. When it’s all said and done Mac figures to be a key player that might not get as much hype as those listed before him. Mac is a player that figures to be quiet and doesn’t mind, allowing those around him take the lead. Some view this as a downfall, however as one scout said for the Brewers “We don’t need 15 Chiefs, we need at most 3 or 4 and the rest be Indians.” Mac figures to be a ways away from seeing MLB action as the Brewers plan on having him line up with the other younger prospects in hopes of seeing them all gel together. 6. OF Gabriel Stafford- 18 Years old- 6’0” 185 pounds- Stafford came into the 2043 draft as one of the youngest prospects in the draft at just 17 years of age. The Brewers were said to be eyeing Stafford in the draft, however other priorities took place. When the Brewers made the deal to trade off Ted Martin GM Stephen Donmoyer made sure to make it a point to get Stafford into the Brewers system. Stafford has taken a little nose dive since being acquired by the Brewers, however given his age and ability Donmoyer believes that Stafford will overcome struggles and become one of the better prospects in the system. 7. OF Brian Foster- 22 Years old- 6’3” 215 pounds- Brian Foster was selected in the first round of the 2042 draft. Many were not expecting Foster to be taken so high since the Brewers were really looking for pitching. Foster has since impressed many people in the organization. Foster is one of the most developed hitters in the Brewers system. He could be looking at a call up sometime this season, however many expect him to be held down until his fielding improves. 8. OF Jim Hall- 20 Years old- 6’0” 200 pounds- Jim Hall is yet another outfielder with good contact. Hall has a great sense of the strike zone and will not strike out as often. The Brewers like the chances they have with Hall. He fits nicely into the right field position. Given Halls age and the stance the Brewers have taken on their future Hall figures to be an important role player. 9. OF Marcos Rodrigues- 21 Years old- 6”1” 175 pounds- Marcos was signed as a minor league free agent. Not many pictured Marcos as a viable option down the road, however Marcos has put the time and effort into becoming a better player. Marcos is still far away from becoming a top prospect. The Brewers have built a solid top heavy prospect class which is mainly why Marcos slipped into the top 10. Many in the organization hope Marcos can improve with time and maybe surprise all the critics. 10. OF Brian Wicket- 19 Years old- 6’1” 195 pounds- Wicket has legit power, hitting 10 homeruns in 25 games in college. Wicket hit for a high average in his first year of rookie ball which gave a lot of hope for his future. Wicket is still expected to live off his power as he isn’t expected to hit for a great average. Wicket will continue to be challenged in the organization as there are many outfielders who are expected to push him. If Wicket can fix the holes in his swing, he might possibly strike fire and get lucky. All hopes point towards Wicket pushing himself into the next level, even possibly becoming a legit prospect. Top Pitchers 1. SP Larry Burket – 22 Years Old LHP - 6’1” 200 Pounds- Larry came into the 2042 draft highly sought after. The Brewers, who were slated to pick 10th overall had pipe dreams that Burket would fall to them. Once the 10th pick came around the Brewers took no time in selecting Burket with their number one selection. So far this investment has taken some time to develop, however the past season has seen Burket up his potential stuff as well as his velocity which now tops out at 98 MPH’s. Many within the organization as well as around the league view Burket as the future ace to lead what seems to be a very promising batch of young arms. Ever since Burket has put on the Brewers cap he has demonstrated leadership ability not seen in a player so young. The Brewers have made it very clear that Burket, along with their other young pitcher's will spend as much time in the minors as needed. 2. SP Anthony O’Hogarty – 23 Years Old- 5’11” 180 Pounds- O’Hogarty came to the Brewers when they sent fan favorite Gunnar Crimp to the Rockies. O’Hogarty came in as a more polished pitcher yet still needing some time against minor league competition. That has paid off in big ways for the Brewers as O’Hogarty has refined the command of his pitches leading to fewer walks. O’Hogarty is far off from Burket in terms of potential ability, some might even argue O’Hogarty is the number one pitcher in the system. Last year O’Hogarty destroyed the competition at the double a level posting career best 2.79 era as well as an outstanding 10.1 strike out per 9 ratio. Brewers ultimately would like to keep O’Hogarty down in the minors one more year at least, however a hot start in triple a followed by an increase in command could very well force their hands early. 3. SP Domingo Ruiz- 22 Years old RHP- 6’3” 195 pounds- Ruiz has seemed to be a part of the Brewers future plans from being selected in the second round of the 2039 draft. A stroke of bad luck hit Ruiz earlier in his minor league career as he first experienced a torn bicep injury that sidelined him for 4 months, shortly after Ruiz needed Tommy john surgery which would put his career on hold for another 14 months. Ruiz, still at the young age of 22 has got himself back on track and now is looking as strong as ever. A drop in control leaves the Brewers wondering Ruiz’s ultimate plan in the future for them, however a strong showing in 2043 has left the doubts at bay. An increase in control could see Ruiz return to what many thought would be a front of the rotation career. Ruiz still has a ways to go to meet the Brewers expectations so another year or so in the minors is a strong possibility. 4. SP Rodrigo Moya- 18 Years old RHP- 6’1” 185- A player the Brewers thought high of comes IFA. Moya was a part of what is being called “The Greatest White Girl Wasted Move of the Century”. He was offered an absurd amount of money by GM Stephen Donmoyer, only to find out they didn’t have enough cash to cover expenses which led to Moya being auctioned off. The Brewers seen enough of Moya to determine that not only was he worth acquiring, but so was 3 other members of his IFA class. This move led to the Brewers trading away a budding superstar in Emerson Parks. The Brewers know Moya has enough variation in his pitches to lead to a ton of strikeouts, however his pitches at times seem to become a tad flat leading to many home runs. Moya still only 18 years old has a ton of room for growth and if everything clicks with this young man you could be looking at the best pitcher in the Brewers minor league system. 5. SP Will Arnold- 21 Years old- 5’10” 185-Arnold was a pitcher that was looked at in the 2043 MLB Draft as a possible late first round pick. Due to his lack of size and his extreme demand contract/salary wise many backed off of him. The Brewers jumped at the opportunity when Arnold fell to them in the 2nd round. Arnold comes into the organization with 3 above average offerings in a fastball that will touch 96, a curveball, and a slider. Many argue that due to his lack of size Arnold will not be able to develop into the power pitcher many hope he can be. The Brewers who are currently in full rebuild mode seen the opportunity to jump at a player with good potential in hopes that he can develop some more control on his breaking ball offerings. Arnold lived up to his aggressive nature in his first year in the minors as he had an astonishing 13.6 strikes outs per nine, however Arnold had a very hard time keeping the ball out of play which resulted in a lot of runs. 2044 could prove to be the determining year of this young pitchers career who the Brewers hope can get on track with O’Hogarty and Burket in joining the rotation in the near future. 6. SP David Scott- 20 Years old- 6’2” 180- Scott was avoided in the 2042 draft by multiple teams mainly due to his lack stamina as well as his lack of potential stuff to become a quality reliever. The Brewers took a chance on Scott believing that with a little bit of TLC Scott can improve his stamina and become a starting pitcher. Scotts best offering is a Changeup which on a good day could be rated near the top in the minors. His most developed pitch at the very moment is his fastball as he reaches back and fires it in at 95 mph. Reports in the organization at the moment is that there is little hope that Scott gets the little boost to really be an effective starting pitcher. Many scouts also have said in the same breath that if he doesn’t pan out as a starter, he could become a very good reliever with a chance at closing if the cards fall his way. The estimated time of arrival for Scott varies as many believe the Brewers will prolong it as long as possible in hopes of getting his stamina up to an acceptable level where as some say he could be seen in the next two years as a reliever. 7. RP Steve Andrews- 18 Years old- 6’2” 180- Andrews was also brought in as a result of Parks being traded. Andrews joins the Brewers as the clubs best minor league relief pitcher. Two plus pitches in his slider and fastball can lead to many strike outs. The main issue with Andrews is that he only has two major league quality offerings which have left many extremely frustrated as Andrews is known to be able to go deep into games. A lot of fans as well as local scouts have suggested Andrews deserves that chance to prove he can start, however with the brewers extremely top heavy on high potential starting pitchers GM Stephen Donmoyer felt it would be best to leave Andrews in a limited role as the closer so that he can unleash the full potential of his top two pitches. Andrews has been extremely receptive to the idea as he is under the belief that being the closer is the most important job on the staff and that he is best fit to lead our organization into the future. Andrews will be left to mold in the minors with other top pitcherers as he embarks on becoming one of the MLB’s top closing pitching prospects. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to suggest we see Andrews quicker than some of his counterparts. 8. SP Nelson Ramos- 16 Years old-5’10” 165- The youngest member of the top ten is still a relatively unknown commodity. Ramos has the potential to really make waves in the Brewers system, a changeup that buckles the knees of opposing batters is the top pitch Ramos brings to the table. Ramos has added speed to his fastball since being signed by Colorado, topping out his fastball at 97 mph’s. The Brewers kept with their mindset that building for the next 3 years is more important than keeping players who would be wasting their talents in Miller Park. Ramos is extremely competitive, so much so that it will at times cause him to get caught up on missed pitches. Ramos has the tools to make a decent major league starter at the present time, however with time Ramos has the ability to be a boom player while being a bust is just as likely. 9. RP Manuelo Mendez- 21 Years old – 6’0” 185 pounds- Manuel came into the Brewers system with a bang, showing great stuff in year one. This led to the Brewers leaving him as a starting pitcher even though he only has two major league pitches. Mendez took a huge step back in year two that ended with an injury that could affect him to start out the 2044 season. The Brewers since then have decided that Mendez could become a good arm to have in the pen. When Mendez returns from the DL the Brewers plan on placing Mendez in the pen. The thought throughout the organization is that Mendez could potentially become a good setup man as his lack of control restrict him from becoming a closer. 10. RP Bill Hannah- 19 Years old- 6’6” 210 pounds- Bill Hannah wraps up the top ten as he comes in as another young reliever that could move quickly through the Brewers organization. His stuff is not quite as good as Mendez, however Bill seems to have better movement and much better control. Bill could find himself in a middle relief slot coming in to bridge the gap to the setup man. Bill is an opposing force on the mound that has room to grow and could see his fast ball jump up a couple miles when all is said and done. The Brewers have planned on letting Bill develop in the oncoming years in hopes that he can provide the relief the Brew Crew will need in the oncoming years.