2017 Milwaukee Brewers Midseason Top 10 Prospects

Brewers Midseason Top 10
1. Lewis Brinson, OF
2. Brandon Woodruff, RHP
3. Josh Hader, LHP
4. Luis Ortiz, RHP
5. Corbin Burnes, RHP
6. Isan Diaz, 2B
7. Keston Hiura, 2B
8. Corey Ray, OF
9. Mauricio Dubon, SS
10. Lucas Erceg, 3B

The Brewers have two of the biggest surprises in the major leagues this season. The first is Eric Thames, who left South Korea for a three-year deal with the Brewers and has already slugged 23 home runs after not playing in the majors since 2012.

The second surprise is the Brewers themselves, who have defied most prognostications and hold a healthy lead in the National League Central. They've done so with a robust offense that has the second-most home runs in the majors, and a surprisingly stout pitching staff with the fourth-best ERA in the National League.

Besides Thames, the Brewers have also received big years from Red Sox import Travis Shaw (20 home runs) and Domingo Santana (15 home runs and a .385 on-base percentage) and a strong season from Jimmy Nelson in the rotation. Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel have been strong out of the bullpen, too. Former top prospect Orlando Arcia has emerged as a stout defender at shortstop with improving offensive ability.

There’s room for internal improvement, with Ryan Braun healthy after playing roughly half of the season to date, while second baseman Jonathan Villar struggles to recapture last year’s form, when he led the NL in stolen bases.

The Brewers are in contention for the first time in years, and they are positioned to be buyers at the trading deadline with a deep well of prospects to deal from. With a system stocked with high-end talent, the Brewers are should be able to add the necessary reinforcements for an October run if they so desire.

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