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1. Jimmy Nelson, rhp
2. Tyrone Taylor, of
3. Mitch Haniger, of
4. Johnny Hellweg, rhp
5. Victor Roache, of
6. Taylor Jungmann, rhp
7. Orlando Arcia, ss
8. David Goforth, rhp
9. Devin Williams, rhp
10. Hunter Morris, 1b
Best Hitter for Average Michael Ratterree
Best Power Hitter Victor Roache
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Jason Rogers
Fastest Baserunner Johnny Davis
Best Athlete Tyrone Taylor
Best Fastball Damien Magnifico
Best Curveball Jorge Lopez
Best Slider Jimmy Nelson
Best Changeup Hiram Burgos
Best Control Rob Wooten
Best Defensive Catcher Adam Weisenburger
Best Defensive Infielder Yadiel Rivera
Best Infield Arm Orlando Arcia
Best Defensive Outfielder Tyrone Taylor
Best Outfield Arm Mitch Haniger
No Player, Pos (Age) Peak Level
1. Jean Segura, ss (24) Majors
2. Wily Peralta, rhp (24) Majors
3. Jimmy Nelson, rhp (24) Majors
4. Scooter Gennett, 2b (23) Majors
5. Tyler Thornburg, rhp (25) Majors
6. Tyrone Taylor, of (20) Low Class A
7. Mitch Haniger, of (23) High Class A
8. Johnny Hellweg, rhp (25) Majors
9. Victor Roache, of (22) Low Class A
10. Taylor Jungmann, rhp (24) Double-A
11. Orlando Arcia, ss (19) Low Class A
12. David Goforth, rhp (25) Double-A
13. Devin Williams, rhp (19) Rookie
14. Caleb Gindl, of (25) Majors
15. Clint Coulter, c (20) Low Class A
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Mark Rogers, rhp Brewers
2005 Ryan Braun, 3b Brewers
2006 Jeremy Jeffress, rhp Blue Jays
2007 Matt LaPorta, of Indians
2008 Brett Lawrie, c/3b Blue Jays
2009 Eric Arnett, rhp Brewers
2010 *Dylan Covey, rhp Athletics
2011 Taylor Jungmann, rhp Brewers
2012 Clint Coulter, c Brewers
2013 Devin Williams, rhp (2nd round) Brewers
*Did not sign
Year Player, Pos. 2013 Org.
2004 Rickie Weeks, 2b Brewers
2005 Rickie Weeks, 2b Brewers
2006 Prince Fielder, 1b Tigers
2007 Yovani Gallardo, rhp Brewers
2008 Matt LaPorta, of Indians
2009 Alcides Escobar, ss Royals
2010 Alcides Escobar, ss Royals
2011 Mark Rogers, rhp Brewers
2012 Wily Peralta, rhp Brewers
2013 Wily Peralta, rhp Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2003 $3,600,000
Taylor Jungmann, 2011 $2,525,000
Ben Sheets, 1999 $2,450,000
Ryan Braun, 2005 $2,450,000
Prince Fielder, 2002 $2,400,000
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When the 2013 season began, righthander Wily Peralta—the organization's No. 1 prospect for two years running—was the only rookie of note expected to see considerable time in Milwaukee. The Brewers signaled they were playing for 2013 with a week remaining in spring training when they signed free agent righthander Kyle Lohse to a lucrative three-year contract.

My, how things changed.

A series of injuries to key players as well as the steroid-related suspension of Ryan Braun created a revolving door between Triple-A Nashville and Milwaukee that never stopped spinning. Before the season was done, a dozen rookies saw action with the 74-88 Brewers, who never really challenged for a playoff spot.

Braun already was on the disabled list with a thumb injury when Major League Baseball suspended him for the balance of the season (65 games) for his connection to the infamous Biogenesis clinic. He's signed through 2020, and the organization still owes him $129 million, so the Brewers have to hope the player who led the National League with 41 homers and a .987 OPS in 2012 can contribute in similar fashion when he returns.

The Brewers were 15 games under .500 and already had plenty of holes when Braun went on the DL. First base—where prospect Hunter Morris wasn't even called up after an erratic showing at Nashville—required seven different starters, and several rookies made themselves factors for the 2014 lineup and beyond.

A power display in spring training catapulted outfielder Khris Davis onto the Opening Day roster. Initially, like many young players, he did not adapt well to a part-time role and returned to Triple-A. Braun's absence allowed Davis to thrive in an everyday role, however, and he averaged a home run every 12.4 at-bats, forcing his way into the conversation for 2014 with a potential move of Braun to right field.

Scooter Gennett likewise went from the Milwaukee-Nashville shuttle to the starting second base job in early August when a hamstring injury shelved Rickie Weeks. Gennett raised eyebrows by batting .324/.356/.479 over 69 games while also playing better defense than advertised, potentially pushing Weeks off second. Righthander Tyler Thornburg recovered from an 0-9, 5.79 Nashville stint to turn in seven straight quality starts down the stretch, posting a 3-1, 2.03 mark in 67 innings to make a spot in the 2014 rotation likely.

Other silver linings to manager Ron Roenicke's first losing season included Jean Segura placing a firm grip on the shortstop job and earning an NL all-star berth. Center fielder Carlos Gomez also emerged as an all-star with his best season, and the duo helped the Brewers lead the NL in stolen bases. Even Peralta rebounded from a horrid start to finish 11-15, 4.37.

For the first time since 1990, the Brewers did not have a first-round pick, having forfeited the choice when they signed Lohse. That didn't help a farm system that posted a .442 domestic winning percentage, third-worst in the game. Only Rookie-level Helena posted a winning record. Outfielder Michael Ratterree, a 10th-round pick out of Rice, led Helena to the Pioneer League finals and was named league MVP.