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**Right below is the Brewers Top 20 list simplified. Scroll further down for FULL Present/Future Grades, FV, ETA, and summaries on EACH PLAYER ranked in the system! Tons of Statistics on each player as well! Some player highlights, future outlooks and more enjoy!**
|1||Garrett Mitchell||OF||1st Round: 20th Overall – 2020 Draft|
|2||Brice Turang||SS/2B||1st Round: 21st Overall – 2018 Draft|
|3||Ethan Small||LHP||1st Round: 28th Overall – 2019 Draft|
|4||Mario Feliciano||C||CBB Round – 2016 Draft|
|5||Tristen Lutz||OF||CBA Round – 2017 Draft|
|6||Hedbert Perez||OF||International FA Signing 2019|
|7||Aaron Ashby||LHP||4th Round – 2018 Draft|
|8||Antoine Kelly||LHP||2nd Round – 2019 Draft|
|9||Freddy Zamora||SS||2nd Round – 2020 Draft|
|10||Drew Rasmussen||RHP||6th Round – 2018 Draft|
|11||Eduardo Garcia||SS||International FA Signing 2018|
|12||Carlos Rodriguez||OF||International FA Signing 2017|
|13||Jeferson Quero||C||International FA Signing 2019|
|14||Luis Medina||OF||International FA Signing 2019|
|15||Zack Brown||RHP||5th Round – 2016 Draft|
|16||Corey Ray||OF||1st Round: 5th Overall – 2016 Draft|
|17||Zavier Warren||C/3B||3rd Round – 2020 Draft|
|18||Payton Henry||C||6th Round – 2016 Draft|
|19||Jesus Parra||2B / 3B||International FA Signing 2018|
|20||Korry Howell||OF||12th Round – 2018 Draft|
1. Garrett Mitchell – OF – Drafted 2020
22 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: R – Ht: 6’3 Wt: 215 – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
Expected to be drafted much sooner, Mitchell made the 20th pick and thus became a Brewers player much to the surprise of the organization. There had been some concerns due to him having Type 1 Diabetes but he started showing his ability in spite of this. With continued development and guidance, he could prove to be a valuable asset.
Although his stance can be slightly too open and he brings his front foot back in line with his back foot slightly too late, he has a short swing and strong hands that create hard contact with the ball. There is a lack of consistency and potentially his power not being utilized to its full capacity, but with some work on his mechanics, he should be able to overcome these slight issues.
His ability to find the gaps and run the bases with incredible speed helps him pick up regular XBHs, and with some improvements to allow a greater launch angle and shift his body through the ball with a bit more torque, then there is the potential to maximize his big frame and physique.
A player with plenty of raw potential, if he could fine-tune his mechanics then he will really stamp himself as the standout prospect in the system.
2. Brice Turang – SS/2B – Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
20 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: R – Ht: 6’0 Wt: 173 – ETA: 2023
Signed for a $3.4m bonus in 2018, he took to rookie ball well, averaging .283 with 8 XBHs and just 34 SOs in 42 appearances. Although he doesn’t possess big power his ability to make contact with the ball led to a call up to A ball with Wisconsin in 2019. He averaged .287 with 19 XBHs and reduced his SO rate significantly with just 54 in 82 appearances, as well as showcasing his base-running skills with 21 SBs. His efforts earned him Mid Season All-Star Honors at Wisconsin before a promotion to A Adv with Carolina. There were glimpses of what he can offer but didn’t reach the heights of earlier in the season.
He has a nice, strong stance with a medium kick that allows him to shift through the ball well without generating too much power but still making clean contact. His smooth swing action allows him to be a player that hits more for average than for power but having the potential to hit XBHs. There will be more 2B than HRs more than likely but this could progress with development. His advanced approach has shown his ability to line drive the ball into the gaps and use his speed on the bases well. This speed allowed him to pick up 44 SBs in 2 seasons in the Minors. Although there isn’t big power potential, if he worked on his leverage and continued with his contact then this could be added to his game.
Defensively he has an above-average arm and is accurate with his throws. This alongside his quick hands and range allows him to make plays in the infield, and his agility and speed let his game suit SS.
When the Minors return, it will be a big year for Brice. Many people will expect him to continue where he left off whilst improving areas that needed some development. An exciting prospect.
3. Ethan Small – LHP – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
23 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: L – Ht: 6’4 Wt: 215 – ETA: 2022
After a dominant couple of years at college ball, he was signed for $1.8m, well under slot in 2019. He continued his impressive form of 176 SOs and the accolade of SEC Pitcher of the Year into his pro debut season. He only made a handful of appearances at A ball, however, his 18 innings resulted in 31 SOs and an ERA of just under 1.00.
His fastball sits in the low-90s, however, his delivery allows it to come across quicker than it is and it has natural deception. He uses this alongside his command to cause swings and misses, as well as weak contact low in the zone.
His secondary pitches include a curveball and a changeup, although there is some development of a slider that has been introduced. Despite his curveball sitting mid-70s, it has good depth and creates another look compared to his FB. It does though have inconsistent movement thus the reason he has tried adding a more slider feel to the pitch. There has been plenty of work at the Alternate Site on his slider, but he hasn’t been comfortable using it in a game situation. His changeup is his more impressive pitch. It works well with his FB arm speed as it has late fade that causes its shift in velocity, whilst creating that deception.
He has good control over his pitches due to his slight lack of velocity. This does mean he has to ensure his pitches are in the right areas to not allow hits. His simple delivery action and consistent pounding of the strike zone allows his pitches to play up despite their lack of real velocity, but he will need to find ways to increase his command of the strike zone. He does have a varying action that does create some deception but more is needed. His lack of a true plus pitch means his ceiling isn’t as great as other pitchers, but his floor allows him to be a starter in the long run.
4. Mario Feliciano – C – Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
21 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’1 Wt: 200 – ETA: 2022
Signed for $800k in the 2016 Draft, he started his first season at rookie ball at AZL Brewers. He averaged .265 with 8 XBHs before stepping up to Wisconsin in 2017. There was a glimpse of what he offered offensively at A ball with 22 XBHs and just 72 SOs in 104 appearances. His 2018 season was plagued by injuries, restricting him to just 42 appearances in A Adv with Carolina, thus limiting his offensive capabilities and knocking him back slightly. There was, however, a bounce-back in 2019, hitting 48 XBHs, including 19 HRs, and averaging .273 before a handful of appearances at AA. He was named Carolina League MVP after his impressive 2019.
He starts with his hands high before a clean, compact swing that allows him to generate above-average power, as well as making consistent hard contact. There was a change of approach to become more of an aggressive player post-injury. This resulted in a SO increase, but his HR count also dramatically increased. There was a reduction in the number of pitches chased, but his general approach allowed for more swinging strikes. He has untapped power due to his current action. In short, if it was more controlled and smoother, then he should be able to turn more XBHs into HRs and reduce his SO rate.
Defensively he is athletically good behind the plate, with the agility and glove to make plays. He has certainly improved as he has progressed through the system but seems to be more of a bat-first catcher. His plus arm allows him to catch base stealer.
5. Tristen Lutz – OF – Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
22 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’2 Wt: 210 – ETA: 2022
Signed above slot in 2017, Lutz showed his abilities at rookie ball, averaging .311 with 18 XBHs, including 9 HRs. This quick adjustment saw him jump to Wisconsin in 2018, where his XB hitting exceeded expectations. However, his BA dropped somewhat. He hit 33 doubles, 3 triples, and 13 HRs, whilst walking 46 times and driving in 63 runs. His 2019 season in A Adv with Carolina was just as impressive, averaging .255 whilst hitting 24 doubles, 3 triples, 13 HRs, and walking 46 times. This power ability really shone through at all levels he has played and sets him up perfectly moving forward.
His solid stance is followed by a medium kick off his front leg. In addition, his smooth swing and follow through with his body gets the ball away. However, he regularly hits to the pull side, as a result, will need to adjust his positioning to open his body up a bit more but the potential is there to make clean contact, as shown by his averages over the past 3 seasons, however, there is the tendency to strikeout often. This may be a combination of his approach and his unwillingness to open his body up. On the other hand, when he makes contact he creates decent pop off the bat. This is shown by his 107 XBHs in 271 appearances. He generates above-average power, but his contact and timing make it more impressive. Therefore, if he can refine his approach slightly then there is plenty more to come.
Defensively his throwing ability is there and his arm strength is above-average. His range and accuracy is decent but sometimes he can get caught out positionally. He needs to be more alert and plan his route better to make more plays, but a shift to the corner outfield may be a solution if his bat continues to develop.
One of the most exciting guys in the ranks, Lutz has the ability to be a star if he can continue to develop both offensively and defensively. He has the stats to back his ability, now it is about progressing these numbers further and developing into a Major League player.
6. Hedbert Perez – OF – Signed 2019
17 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: L – Ht: 5’10 Wt: 160 – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
Signed for $700k, the young Venezuelan impressed at amateur level with his advanced feel for the game, his athleticism, and his overall tools. Although he didn’t get a chance to make his pro debut in 2019 or 2020, there are high expectations of him heading into 2021.
He doesn’t have a lot of movement at the plate, his stance is fairly straight and he has a short, compact swing. This swing alongside his quick bat speed allows for clean barreling of the ball and this has been shown with plenty of HR shots in the taxi squad and BP. Although he’s not the biggest, or strongest, his continued physical development and adjusting to the American game will allow him to maximize his potential and showcase his hitting ability.
Defensively his speed and agility should allow him to be a decent outfielder in the future. He gets to the ball quickly and his quick instincts allow him to make plays from the outfield. His throwing is accurate and he has an above-average arm. If his bat continues to play up then he may have to shift to the corner outfield but he should do so with no problems.
Overall an exciting player with plenty of potential. His huge upside makes him an intriguing player for 2021, however that big gap with no pro ball may show his rustiness when he gets round to playing.
7. Aaron Ashby – LHP – Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)
22 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: L – Ht: 6’2 Wt: 181 – ETA: 2022
After leading all Division 1 JUCO pitchers in SOs (156), he was signed above slot in the 2018 Draft. He was sent to rookie ball for a few games before the step up to Wisconsin, where he performed exceptionally well. There he picked up 47 SOs in just 37.1 innings, with an ERA of just 2.17. His 2019 season started in the same fashion, picking up 80 SOs in 61 innings to earn Mid Season All-Star Honors and a call-up to Carolina in A Adv. He showed the ability he had and how his stuff works against better hitters despite not having a great record at Carolina..
Ashby’s fastball sits between 91-93mph, topping out at 95mph. It has some riding action and plenty of movement. He seems to have developed it to have slightly more velocity than he previously did without losing too much command.
His secondary pitches include a slider, a curveball, and a changeup. His slider is his standout pitch. It picks up plenty of strikes and is thrown with depth, power, and late downer action. He has a unique action that aids its ability to work against hitters from both sides of the plate. His curveball adds to the deception of his slider by taking the velocity off it further and giving the hitters something else to look at, whilst his changeup has improved significantly and is another delivery that can be deceptive. It works well with its velocity as well as having slight downer action that makes it difficult to judge.
His unique action is definitely key to his deceptive pitching. He doesn’t have true command due to his reduced velocity but his pitch control is good and works his full arsenal nicely. There is some concern is action makes it difficult to control his pitches on a regular basis but his raw stuff and strike-throwing ability masks this somewhat. If he can fine-tune his action so that he has more control of his body then he will continue to improve and impress, thus making him a potential mid-rotation starter. If it doesn’t work out that way then his SO rate could see him working stints out of the bullpen.
8. Antoine Kelly – LHP – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
20 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: L – Ht: 6’6 Wt: 205 – ETA: 2023
After leading all JUCO pitchers in SO/9 with an impressive 19.1, he signed for slot value in the 2019 Draft and linked up with the rookie side in the Arizona League for the 2019 season. He made 9 appearances, striking out 41 in just 28.2 innings whilst accumulating an ERA of just 1.26. This led to a promotion towards the end of the season to Wisconsin, where he made a sole appearance, pitching 3 innings and picking up 4 SOs.
His fastball sits between 94-96mph, topping out at 98mph. It has late movement and he uses his large frame to create decent velocity, with the potential for triple figures with continued physical development. It is his standout pitch and one where he gets most his SOs from.
His secondary pitches include a slider and a changeup. His slider sits mid-80s with late biting action. Although it isn’t at the level of his FB, he has been working on it whilst the season has been shut down. It may be hard to see how well it works as it isn’t in a bullpen or game scenario but shows his willingness to improve. His changeup is a pitch not overly used due to not being needed as an amateur. This is being worked on as well as he knows it will need to be developed into a decent 3rd pitch if he wants to become a better pro pitcher.
His long levers can make him slightly wild with his pitches but as he gets used to his physical attributes and cleans up his delivery, he should improve and will allow him to settle into a consistent starter. His control overall is good, and his command over his FB is impressive. Some development is needed with his secondary pitches but that will come with time and exposure.
9. Freddy Zamora – SS – Drafted 2020
21 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’1 Wt: 190 – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
The Brewers picked up Miami Hurricane’s starting shortstop despite an injury-hit season in 2020. There were rumors that he would sneak into the first round, but he was suspended before the season started and then tore his ACL in practice not long after.
He has a short and flat swing that is more contact orientated with some control over the strike zone. This approach holds him back against higher velocity pitches but if he opened his body up more and allowed a longer swing then he could tap into his raw power. He doesn’t strike out often but if he is going to focus on his power a bit more then there will need to be some sacrifice of his power.
His frame should allow him to create more power but his swing stays too flat to create the elevation needed to hit XBHs regularly. There was some evidence of his power improving with better pop off his bat but still slightly limited. Once on base, he is an average runner, but past injuries may affect this in the long term.
Defensively he has plenty of ability. He has an above-average arm, but his quick arm action and the way he gets the ball out of his hands efficiently allows his arm to play up. He is agile in the field and has the body control and range that allows him to get to the ball well. There may be questions post ACL rehab on his effectiveness in the field but he has enough quality all-round.
10. Drew Rasmussen – RHP – MLB
25 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’1 Wt: 211
Drafted in the 6th Round in 2018, the right-hander overcame two Tommy John Surgeries to sign with the Brewers. Having been originally unsigned by the Rays in 2017 due to elbow concern, he received 2nd surgery before being drafted in 2018.
His first season in pro ball was impressive. He started off with Timber Rattlers (A) for one game, before making the step up to Carolina Mudcats (A Adv). Between the two, he lasted just 5 games, but his high SO rate and ability to overpower hitters saw him quickly promoted to AA with Biloxi.
Although he was impressive with his continued SO rate, his productivity slightly reduced in June, where his ERA reached 7.07 for the month. There was some fatigue creeping in towards the All-Star break, but there were some adjustments made after this that enabled him to bring his ERA down and control his pitching much better.
He finished the season allowing 8 runs in his final 30 innings, striking out 40 hitters in that time. This brought his ERA down from around 5.40 in June to his season-ending 3.54, whilst improving his SO rate.
There was a call-up to the Majors in 2020, pitching 15.1 innings and striking out 21 hitters in an exciting start to his Majors career.
His fastball sits around 98mph, with a decent spin rate (2454rpm) and the ability to work around the zone. His pitch map from 2020 shows an impressive distribution of pitches, however, there was some over-reliance on the pitch. He used it 68.3% of the time in his short spell in the Majors but he still struck out 16 hitters using it.
His secondary pitches include a slider, a curveball, and a changeup. Although he possesses a changeup, it is hardly used and there will need to be work on it to make it a better 4th pitch.
The second-most used pitch in 2020 was his slider. It averages around 87mph and has a hard downer action. There is an emphasis on it to work away from RHH and he does so with decent results. He can slow down the pitch to make it more of a curveball with its action. This pitch is more central to the zone but has plenty of movement and is a fairly new pitch to his arsenal.
Generally, he has impressed in the Minors, and although it is a big jump to the Majors, he has taken it in his stride and continued to excel at the highest level. He has been used primarily as a bullpen arm, but if he can work on his command and control there could be the possibility to adapt to a starter role.
11. Eduardo Garcia – SS – DSL Brewers (ROK)
18 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’2 Wt: 160 – ETA: 2024
Signed for $1.1m on his 16th birthday, the Venezuelan infielder showed off his projectable tools in a somewhat limited first season in pro ball. He averaged .313 and hit a HR in 10 appearances before a broken ankle cut short his season despite a promising start. There is plenty to work with heading into 2021 and being added to the 60-man pool in August would have allowed him to continue his development against better pitchers and ensure he is fully healed for the new season.
He has a slightly twitchy stance from the minimal videos of him, with emphasis on sitting on his back leg. This will develop in time and his stance will become stronger and more open as he continues to work with the hitting staff. This closed approach accumulated in 65.2% of balls being hit to the pull side, thus emphasizing his need to open up slightly. His body shift to hit the ball isn’t as solid either, but he can make decent contact and this is shown by his average and ability to get bat to ball. If he was to tap into his raw power and adjust his stance and action accordingly then the ball should pop off his bat better and result in more XBHs and HRs.
Although not the quickest, his short bursts of speed and agility allow him to play shortstop effortlessly. His glove is good and his arm strength is a potential plus, making him a solid defender. There’s still plenty of physical development left so he will only improve with more exposure.
It will be interesting to see how he recovers after injury and especially as he did it sliding into second base. This may make him weary base-running but if he can get over that aspect and come back raring to go then he should be able to continue where he left off in the DSL league. His premier defending leaves no doubts, but his hitting will need to improve both with power and contact. If he performs well enough within the 60-man pool then he could even stay stateside next season.
12. Carlos Rodriguez – OF – Rocky Mountain Vibes (ROA)
19 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: L – Ht: 5’10 Wt: 150 – ETA: 2024
Signed for $1.355m in 2017, the Venezuelan spent his first season in the Dominican Summer League before a spell in the Arizona League. He showed his hitting ability by averaging .325 with 16 XBH and striking out just 20 times in 61 appearances. Despite missing some time in 2019 with injury, he recorded an average of .329 with 8 XBH and just 22 SOs in 43 appearances. His XBH has decreased, but he has continued his expert contact by taking his average above .300 for the 2nd straight season.
Similar to other hitters in the system, he has a flat swing that is compact and doesn’t allow for big leverage. He’s not the biggest but his focus is mainly on contact hitting and his plate discipline is good. He is rarely struck out but this approach may have to be adapted slightly to try and create some more pop off the bat and a bit more aggression.
He’s certainly not the most powerful but when he makes contact he does so cleanly. There is the potential to hit the occasional HR but he will never have a lot of HRs unless his body develops further and he bulks up. This does allow him, however, to be quick between the bases, as shown by his 19 SBs in 2 seasons.
Defensively he uses his speed well to make plays and get to the ball in the outfield. He has an average arm and he works well in CF.
13. Jeferson Quero – C – DSL Brewers (ROK)
17 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 5’10 Wt: 165 – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
Another international player, the young Venezuelan was signed for $200k by the Brewers after impressing both offensively and defensively. He has plenty of potential ahead of him, and will no doubt develop and grow the more time he spends in the USA and competing in pro ball.
Offensively, he has a sound approach. With Power showing to all fields at a young age with strong hitability. He has the ability to make hard contact and barrel the ball around the field but lacks the frame and size to turn this into HR pop, or big XBHs. It will be interesting to see how he utilizes this in the future, and whether he can bulk up and increase his power potential.
Defensively, he is an exciting catcher who uses his body well and makes athletic plays. His catch-and-throw skills seem sound, as does his arm strength, so he has the potential to be a useful player behind the plate.
Like many before him, he will need to develop and bulk to become a regular player, but he has the raw talent to do so.
14. Luis Medina – OF – DSL Brewers (ROK)
17 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: L – Ht: 6’2 Wt: 168 – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
The Brewers signed Madina for $1.3m at just 16-years-old, the Venezuelan is a power-hitter that creates plenty of decent contact. He may not have had the exposure to American baseball yet but he has shown the ability to create pop off his bat with a nice easy swing.
He currently seems more power than contact, with more emphasis on the pull-side, but with experience at hitting all around the field and improving his plate discipline then he could balance his contact with his power.
Defensively he seems sound and knows what he is doing and where. Currently used as a CF, he may see himself shifted to the corner outfield as develops more power and less agility. His above-average arm would work well in any position, but in the long-term, it is more based on his bat than his arms.
It will be interesting to see where he is deployed in 2021, but with the right development, he could continue to be a producer for the Brewers and head further up the ranks. His tools seem projected to be average or better.
15. Zack Brown – RHP – San Antonio Missions (AAA)
25 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’1 Wt: 199 – ETA: 2021
Steady progress has been made in 2016 and 2017 since being drafted by the Brewers in the 5th round in 2016. He had mixed results as a starter and as a reliever before settling into the starter role in Biloxi in 2018. He gained the Most Outstanding Pitcher honors in the Southern League after he led the league in ERA (2.44). There were expectations of him making the step up to the Majors in 2019, but a poor season in AAA set him back a couple of steps.
There seemed to be a change of approach and this led to some regression in all aspects of his game. He will be hoping for a better 2021, where there will be plenty of emphasis for him to find his best form.
His fastball sits between 90-93, topping out at 95mph. He was more aggressive with his FB in 2018 but seemed to attack the hitters less and nibbled around the zone, without real command. This led to his control regressing and he allowed more walks and struck out fewer hitters.
His secondary pitches include a curveball and a changeup but his curveball is his best pitch. It has a great downward movement and deceives hitters. It wasn’t used as often as he would have liked in 2019, but it has the ability to be his standout pitch. His changeup is worked well. It has some slight movement but the late fade allows it to be more deceptive. It is stronger than his FB and works well with his CB.
He seemed to be more of a dangerous pitcher when he was more aggressive at the mound. His desire to not be hit saw him working around the zone, thus creating some command issues. If he can get back to his best and use his breaking balls to greater effect, as well as being aggressive again then he could be around the Major League roster in 2021.
16. Corey Ray – OF – San Antonio Missions (AAA)
26 Years Old – Bat: L – Throw: L – Ht: 6’0 Wt: 196 – ETA: 2021
Signed for $4.125m back in the first round in 2016, he has struggled since to produce the form that had the Brewers so excited. Partially through injury problems, and through lack of form when he was playing, there is plenty needed from him especially with younger talent coming through. He started off by showing some glimpses of potential in 2016 and 2017, with multiple XBHs and a 24 SB season in 2017, but 156 SOs in 112 appearances held him back slightly. His breakthrough year came in 2018, with 66 XBHs and 37 SBs in 135 appearances, earning the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Player award. There was difficulty replicating that form in 2019, averaging just .188 and 89 SOs in 53 appearances.
His hitting tool isn’t the worst due to his easy swing and loud contact, but he struggles massively with SOs. His approach is aggressive, and can lead to big HR potential, but also leads to too many swings-and-misses. If his approach was to change this may hinder his development due to power being his biggest asset, but he needs to refine slightly to not SO so often. His effortless power comes from his quick bat speed and the way he shifts his body into the pitch, particularly when hitting to the pull side. Once he does get on base, his speed and base-running ability have led to him stealing 77 bases since being drafted.
Defensively he uses his speed in the outfield to his advantage and shows his ability as an average fielder. Combining this with his slightly below-average arm strength, he has the potential to be an everyday fielder if he can just work on his offensive output.
The upcoming season will be massive for him, as he will need to hit the ground running when entering his age 26 season. There will need to be some refinement to his approach, and more emphasis on making contact for him to succeed.
17. Zavier Warren -C/3B – Drafted 2020
21 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: S – Ht: 6’0 Wt: 190 – ETA: 2024
No Professional Stats
Drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2020 Draft, Warren is seen as a player with plenty of potential despite being positionless. He has played in the catcher position but seems more suited elsewhere. If his bat can play up then 3B could be a possibility but again this is dependent on other factors.
Offensively, he does plenty of things right but can have some issues that lead to contrasting views on him. As a switch-hitter, there is an emphasis to be able to play effectively from both sides. He seems able to do so, but his swing can be fairly flat from the right side, thus stopping him from elevating the ball and showcasing his raw power. There seems to be more control from the left-side, with a solid stance and his action becomes more fluid as he uses his body effectively.
His plate discipline and walk rate show he can be patient and pick his slots, but it also shows that he keeps the barrel of the bat in the strike zone for as long as possible, hoping to create loud contact. With so much emphasis on his lack of defensive positioning, there is every hope his bat starts playing up more, allowing him to be a danger from the plate, albeit more in the DH / 3B role.
Signed for under-slot, there isn’t huge pressure to hit the ground running in 2021, but there will be more emphasis on him finding a defensive home and the Brewers helping him to utilize his raw potential effectively.
18. Payton Henry – C – San Antonio Missions (AAA)
23 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’2 Wt: 215 – ETA: 2021
Drafted in the 6th Round in 2016, he showed some potential at rookie ball in 2016 and 2017 to earn himself a promotion to A ball in 2018. His 15 doubles, 2 triples, and 10 HRs worked well with his defensive abilities to gain midseason All-Star status in his first full season. He went the next step last season, increasing his power output and bringing home more runs. Although he struck out regularly in the last couple of seasons, he has shown the potential to grow into a regular catcher for the Brewers.
His hitting has improved over the last few seasons, especially his ability to tapping into his raw power. His approach has seen him SO regularly but when he makes contact he drives the ball well into the opposite field. He has a fairly open stance, with extended swing, that lets him find the opposite side more regularly than the pull side. If he can adjust his swing slightly to allow him to pull the ball more effectively, as well as cutting down on his SO rate, then his potential power could shine through more and allow him to create better leverage with a more controlled swing.
Defensively he is strong and athletic, as well as having a good, accurate arm. Behind the plate, he blocks the ball well and showcases his agility for a bigger catcher. With his arm, he picks off runners regularly and he reads the game effectively. He will need more development with his bat, but in general, he could be a more defensive catcher in the Majors.
19. Jesus Parra – 2B/3B – DSL Brewers (ROK)
18 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’2 Wt: 184 – ETA: 2024
Signed for $210k on his 16th birthday, the Venezuelan had a successful season in the DSL in 2019. He showcased his hitting ability against older pitchers and dealt with the jump up from the amateurs with ease. Although he struck out 71 times in 65 games. He managed to average .247, as well as hitting 23 XBHs, including 6 HRs. There’s plenty of room for development and adaptation to the American game could prove whether he can make it in pro ball.
He makes solid contact with the ball, as shown by his ability to pick up XBHs, but can strike out regularly. He will need more control over his swing to be more disciplined and not chase deliveries, but this will come with exposure. Once he adds more strength then he should be able to tap into his raw power more regularly.
Defensively he has a solid arm and makes plays across the diamond. He can slot in at 2B/3B, and his arm slot adjusts accordingly. Despite his versatility, 3B may end up being his defensive home as he continues to bulk up. He’s not the most agile but has a good range from where it is needed.
20. Korry Howell – OF – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)
22 Years Old – Bat: R – Throw: R – Ht: 6’3 Wt: 180 – ETA: 2023
Rounding out the Brewers Top 20, the 12th Round pick in 2018 has come on leaps and bounds in the past 2 seasons. The versatile outfielder also played at 2B in the 2019 season, thus showing his ability to play where needed. His 2018 season saw him hitting .311 and picking up 12 SBs in the Arizona League. This contact ability saw him called up to the A affiliate, where he hit .235, with 17 XBHs and picking up 19 SBs. He would have been disappointed to miss out on the 2020 season but if he can pick off where he left off then he should continue to develop in the right way and make a push within the organization.
He has a relaxed stance at the plate and waits for the ball to come onto him before swinging and making contact with the ball. There isn’t a huge amount of power, but his loose hands and easy swing allows him to read the strike zone well and create that contact. He draws walks due to this, and this aids his 60+ grade speed.
There seems to be more of a contact-style approach, with minimal HR potential due to the lack of pop off the bat. There also doesn’t seem to be great leverage created from his swing, thus leading to more line drives, but his ability on the bases makes this a threat regardless. He has picked up 31 SBs in his first 2 seasons in pro ball, with potential for plenty more if he can continue getting on base.
Defensively he has shown his versatility by playing all areas of the outfield, as well as 2B. He rarely makes errors and uses his speed in the outfield to make plays. There is not a big amount of arm strength but could suit the corner outfield positions best if he continues to improve his bat.
The one thing you can see from him is his dedication to play baseball and continue to improve. He has spent the canceled 2020 MiLB season playing for the Joilet Slammers in the Frontier League. Although this would have required the go-ahead from the organization, it has been a unique way for him to continue to develop by playing against professional players.