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  1. 1. Aaron Ashby | LHP
    Aaron Ashby
    Born: May 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Crowder (Mo.) JC, 2018 (4th round).
    Signed By: Drew Anderson.
    Minors: 5-4 | 4.41 ERA | 100 SO | 32 BB | 64 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: A nephew of former all-star righthander Andy Ashby, Aaron showed up at Crowder (Mo.) JC throwing in the mid 80s with a solid breaking ball, but he walked 56 batters in 66 innings split between starting and relieving as a freshman in 2017. His stuff ticked up the next year, going from 88-91 mph early in the season to 90-94 mph later on. He struck out 156 batters in 74.2 innings and signed with the Brewers for $520,000 as their fourth-round pick. Ashby won the organization's minor league pitcher of the year award in his full-season debut in 2019 and was the Brewers’ best pitcher at instructional league in 2020, where his stuff played up in short bursts to 94-97 mph. Ashby's stuff continued its upward trajectory in 2021. He piled up strikeouts but still had command issues while splitting time between the rotation and the bullpen at Triple-A Nashville. He received his first major league callup in August and delivered a 4.55 ERA in 13 appearances (four starts) and made a pair of playoff appearances against the Braves in the National League Division Series.

    Scouting Report: Ashby has developed into a power pitcher from the left side whose fastball sits in the mid-90s as a starter and touches 99. It has solid sink and run to it, but his below-average fastball command has led to harder contact against it and worse outcomes than his raw stuff would suggest. Ashby has a true putaway pitch in his slider, a plus pitch that flashes plus-plus at times. It's a sharp, biting slider with two-plane break, good depth and late tilt, making it effective against both lefties and righties. Ashby does a good job executing the pitch to make it look like a strike before it darts out of the zone and underneath barrels. Ashby's changeup has made significant strides to the point it is at least an average pitch and flashes plus against righties. It is a firm changeup at 87-91 mph, and at its best it has late diving action down in the zone. Ashby also throws a 77-81 mph curveball, though he rarely uses it and primarily goes to his slider when throwing a breaking ball. Ashby has the pure stuff to miss plenty of bats, but he also adds deception by varying the leg lifts and tempo in his delivery to try to disrupt the hitter's timing.

    The Future: Ashby has the stuff to develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter, but improving his fastball command will be critical to do so. The Brewers' plan is to develop Ashby as a starter long term, though depending on their 2022 rotation, they could deploy him as a reliever before transitioning him to a starting role as they did with Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 65. Changeup: 55. Control: 45.

  2. 2. Brice Turang | SS
    Brice Turang
    Born: Nov 21, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Corona, Calif., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Wynn Pelzer.
    Minors: .258/.347/.362 | 6 HR | 20 SB | 431 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Turang had buzz as the potential top overall pick in the 2018 draft entering his senior year, but a middling season dropped him to the Brewers at No. 21 overall. Turang has rebounded to move quickly and reached Triple-A in 2021 as a 21-year-old, although he has yet to dominate at any level.

    Scouting Report: Turang stands out for his athleticism, plus speed and ability to control the strike zone. He tracks and recognizes pitches well, doesn't chase much and makes frequent contact with a flat swing path from the left side geared to hit line drives to all fields. While Turang has gotten stronger, he still has a slender frame and below-average power. Turang whips the barrel through the zone well with good bat speed, but he will need to drive the ball with more impact moving forward. Some believe Turang can develop into a 15-20 home run hitter as he gets into his physical prime and learns which pitches he can pull, but others are skeptical he will get there. Turang's most noticeable strides have come on defense, where he has proven himself a reliable defender at shortstop. He has good anticipation, moves his hands and feet well and has good body control. While some previously thought Turang might end up at second base, he has quieted those concerns by showing improved range to his left and at least average arm strength.

    The Future:.Turang has the talent to be an above-average regular if he adds power. If he doesn’t, he may be more of a utilityman or a low-end regular. He will open 2022 back at Triple-A and could make his major league debut during the season.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  3. 3. Sal Frelick | OF
    Sal Frelick
    Born: Apr 19, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Ty Blankmeyer.
    Minors: .329/.414/.466 | 2 HR | 12 SB | 146 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Very High

    Track Record: Undrafted out of high school, Frelick developed into one of the most exciting players in college baseball at Boston College in 2021. The Brewers drafted him with the 15th overall pick and signed him for $4 million. Frelick got off to a quick start in his pro debut, hitting .329/.414/.466 in 35 games across three levels.

    Scouting Report: Frelick packs quick-twitch, explosive athleticism into a smaller, 5-foot-9 frame with plus-plus speed and high-end contact skills. He does a good job of hitting the ball where it is pitched, using his quick hands to pull fastballs up and in while shooting pitches on the outer third to the opposite field. Frelick has a small strike zone and doesn't expand much, with the bat-to-ball skills to make contact even when he does chase. He doesn't get off his best swings on pitches down, instead slapping the ball into the ground and relying on his wheels. Frelick has sneaky pop for his size and can pull a ball out when he gets a pitch up in the zone, but he doesn't project to be a power threat and will likely be a 10-15 home run hitter. An infielder in high school, Frelick primarily played right field his first two years at BC before moving to center field in 2021 and became the ACC defensive player of the year. He has good instincts and range in center field with fringe-average arm strength.

    The Future: Frelick has a chance to hit at the top of a lineup and play good defense at a premium position. He will likely start at High-A Wisconsin in 2022 and has a chance to reach Milwaukee by 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 40. Speed: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.

  4. 4. Garrett Mitchell | OF
    Garrett Mitchell
    Born: Sep 4, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: UCLA, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Daniel Cho/Corey Rodriguez.
    Minors: .258/.388/.412 | 8 HR | 17 SB | 221 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Very High

    Track Record: Mitchell hit .349/.418/.566 as a sophomore at UCLA and got off to a strong start as a junior in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season. The Brewers drafted Mitchell with the 20th overall pick and signed him for $3,242,900. Mitchell made his pro debut in 2021. He dominated at High-A Wisconsin despite missing three weeks with a leg injury, but his performance hit a wall after a promotion to Double-A Biloxi.

    Scouting Report: Mitchell immediately jumps out for his physicality and athleticism and has raw tools that grade out among the best in the minors. He's an 80 runner underway, is a plus defender in center field with good range and has a plus arm. Mitchell shows plus raw power in batting practice, but neither his swing nor approach allow his power to manifest in games. Mitchell has some choppiness to his stroke and struck out 27% of the time in 2021. Instead of an approach geared to drive the ball in the air, he often slaps the ball on the ground. Mitchell is a patient hitter—he walked in 17% of his plate appearances—but he will likely need a significant swing adjustment to be a more consistent offensive performer against upper-level pitching and better tap into his power.

    The Future: Mitchell's defense at a premium position and offensive upside give him a chance to be an above-average, everyday player if he can modify his swing and approach, but the risk of whether that will materialize makes him a divisive player. He will likely head back to Double-A Biloxi to start 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Speed: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  5. 5. Tyler Black | 2B
    Tyler Black
    Born: Jul 26, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Pete Vuckovich Jr.
    Minors: .241/.426/.322 | 1 HR | 5 SB | 87 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Black was the Horizon League freshman of the year in 2019 and, after the 2020 season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, returned in 2021 to hit .383/.496/.683 with more walks (39) than strikeouts (25) for Wright State. Many scouts considered him one of the best hitters in the 2021 draft, and the Brewers selected him 33rd overall and signed him for $2.2 million. Black reported to Low-A Carolina after he signed and showed a patient approach, but he looked fatigued and out of rhythm at the end of a long year.

    Scouting Report: Black manages his at-bats well with a keen eye for the strike zone. He doesn't chase much and makes consistent, quality contact when he does swing. Black starts his swing with a big leg kick, then whips his hands through the zone quickly. He stays inside the ball well, enabling him to handle good pitches on the inner third and use the whole field. He has a particular knack for driving pitches down in the strike zone. Black's strengths lie mostly in his on-base skills, but he has a chance to develop average power. Black is athletic—he also played football and hockey in high school—but he is a rough defender with clunky footwork and below-average range at second base. He's an average runner with a below-average arm after he had right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2020.

    The Future: Black has the hitting potential to be an offense-minded, everyday second baseman if he can be just an adequate defender. He will begin his first full season at one of the Class A affiliates in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 40.

  6. 6. Hedbert Perez | OF
    Hedbert Perez
    Born: Apr 4, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Reinaldo Hidalgo.
    Minors: .276/.330/.459 | 7 HR | 2 SB | 185 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: The son of former major league outfielder Robert Perez, Hedbert trained in his father's program in Venezuela before signing with the Brewers for $700,000 when he was 16. He was so advanced that the Brewers brought him to their alternate training site as a 17-year-old in 2020 before he made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in 2021. Perez hit well in the ACL before a late promotion to Low-A Carolina as an 18-year-old, where he struggled as he slid into a free-swinging mentality.

    Scouting Report: Perez’s strength is in the batter’s box. He has fast bat speed from a fluid, compact lefthanded swing and a good path through the hitting zone. Perez has added significant weight and strength over the last couple of years, driving the ball with easy, above-average power he taps into in games. He has a fairly sound idea of the strike zone for his age, but he gets himself into trouble trying to swing for the fences at times. Perez’s speed and arm strength have regressed as he’s added bulk, decreasing his chances of sticking in center field. He's now a solid-average runner with fringe-average arm strength. The Brewers will continue to develop him in center, but it's more likely he heads to a corner long term.

    The Future: The most optimistic projections see Perez as an offensive difference-maker with good defense on a corner spot, but he’s many years from that ceiling. He is set to return to Low-A Carolina to begin 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  7. 7. Jeferson Quero | C
    Jeferson Quero
    Born: Oct 8, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Reinaldo Hidalgo.
    Minors: .309/.434/.500 | 2 HR | 4 SB | 68 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Quero signed for $200,000 out of Venezuela in 2019 and quickly emerged as one of the Brewers’ best players in their class as well as one of the best catchers in Latin America for his year. Quero impressed mightily in his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League in 2021. He demonstrated advanced ability behind the plate, in the batter's box and an overall maturity beyond his years, but the year ended on a sour note when he had surgery to repair a separated left shoulder after the season.

    Scouting Report: Quero earns high marks for his defensive skills. He's an athletic catcher who is quick and agile, blocks balls well with soft hands and has the advanced receiving skills to comfortably handle high-octane stuff and steal strikes. He has a plus arm, too, that often records pop times into the low 1.9-second range in games. Quero is a smart player and has a vocal, high-energy style that endears him to managers. He has the attributes to become a plus defender, but he’s not just a glove-only catcher. Quero has a solid grasp of the strike zone, good bat control and advanced contact skills with the ability to use the whole field. His average bat speed is a question mark, but he flashes average raw power when he connects.

    The Future: Quero has similarities to Nationals catcher Keibert Ruiz at the same age. Teenage catchers carry plenty of risk, but Quero could be on the verge of a breakout at Low-A Carolina in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  8. 8. Joey Wiemer | OF
    Joey Wiemer
    Born: Feb 11, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Cincinnati, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Jeff Bianchi.
    Minors: .295/.403/.556 | 27 HR | 30 SB | 396 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Wiemer showed a promising mix of size, athleticism and tools in college at Cincinnati, albeit with an unorthodox swing and a middling .264/.379/.408 career slash line. The Brewers bet on his athleticism and drafted him in the fourth round in 2020, signing him for $150,000. After a slow start in his pro debut in 2021, Wiemer took off after a midseason swing adjustment and hit .295/.403/.556 with 27 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 109 games across both Class A levels. He continued mashing in the Arizona Fall League before a bruised left thumb ended his year.

    Scouting Report: Wiemer's tools are among the best in the Brewers’ system. He has plus-plus raw power and was able to tap into it much better as a pro than he did in college. Wiemer’s swing had a ton of moving parts as an amateur, and while there is still a lot of noise with his hands getting his swing started, he quieted a big leg kick and replaced it with a toe tap, which helped him be more consistent with his timing. Wiemer's swing-and-miss rates may increase as he faces better pitching, but he kept his strikeout rate to a manageable 22% in his pro debut and showed patience with a 13% walk rate. Wiemer has surprising speed for a 6-foot-5, 215-pound outfielder. He's a plus runner underway and can play center field, although right field is his likely long-term home. He has the attributes to be a plus defender in right, including an 80-grade arm.

    The Future: Wiemer has the tools to be an impact player, but his swing still leaves some unanswered questions. If Wiemer keeps producing at Double-A in 2022, his stock could take a leap.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 70. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 80.

  9. 9. Ethan Small | LHP
    Ethan Small
    Born: Feb 14, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Scott Nichols.
    Minors: 4-2 | 1.98 ERA | 92 SO | 42 BB | 78 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Small had Tommy John surgery at Mississippi State but returned to rank second in the Southeastern Conference in ERA and first in strikeouts in 2019 as a redshirt junior. The Brewers drafted him 28th overall and signed him for $1.8 million. Small made his full-season debut in 2021 and raced to Triple-A while posting a 1.98 ERA across 18 starts. He missed most of July and August with a strained tendon in his left middle finger, but made up the lost innings in winter ball pitching for Escogido in the Dominican League.

    Scouting Report: Small won't overpower anyone, but he keeps hitters off balance. His high-spin fastball sits at 89-93 mph and his best pitch is his plus changeup, which he disguises to look like a fastball out of his hand before it parachutes underneath bats. Small is a competitive pitcher who leans heavily on his changeup and doesn’t use his breaking stuff much, with a curveball and slider that are both fringe-average at times. Small will vary his leg lifts and the tempo of his delivery to try to disrupt the hitter's timing. Small was known for his polish and strike-throwing at Mississippi State, but his control regressed in 2021, with an overly-high 13% walk rate.

    The Future: Small has a chance to develop into a solid back-end starter if he can find a breaking ball and rediscover his previous control. He should make his major league debut in 2021, possibly as a reliever given the Brewers’ current rotation.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 45. Slider: 45. Changeup: 60. Control: 50.

  10. 10. Jackson Chourio | OF
    Jackson Chourio
    Born: Mar 11, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Fernando Veracierto/Luis Perez.

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Chourio was the top prospect the Brewers signed in their 2020-21 international class when the signing period opened. He got off to a slow start in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League as a 17-year-old, but he finished on a tear and put together quality at-bats even when his numbers were down early in the year.

    Scouting Report: Chourio is an explosive, quick-burst athlete. That explosiveness is evident in his fast, whippy bat speed, which helps the ball jump off his bat more than expected for a hitter with such a wiry frame. His five home runs were the most among either of Milwaukee's two DSL clubs, and he has physical projection remaining to grow into plus power. More than just a slugger, Chourio stands out for his ability to recognize pitches, manage at-bats and make frequent contact for his age. He has a chance to be an average hitter as he continues to mature and develop. Chourio signed as a shortstop, but his fringy arm strength doesn’t fit at the position and he is more comfortable in center field, where he played nearly all of his games in his pro debut. He's a plus runner who glides around well in the outfield and has the attributes to develop into an above-average defender.

    The Future: Chourio is still several years away, but he has a chance to be a power-speed threat in the middle of the field. He will make his United States debut in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 45.

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