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  1. 1. 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

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Mitchell hit .349/.418/.566 as a sophomore at UCLA in 2019 and led the nation with 12 triples. He was off to a strong start in 2020 and had arguably the best pure tools in the draft class, but concerns about his Type 1 diabetes were among the reasons he fell on draft day. He fell to the Brewers at No. 20 overall and signed for $3,242,900. Mitchell made his organizational debut in instructional league, though a strained quad limited his time.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A physical, explosive athlete, Mitchell is an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. He covers huge swaths of ground in center field, where he projects as a plus defender with a plus arm. Mitchell's offensive approach was built around his speed at UCLA. There's some choppiness to his swing, which is geared to hit low line drives and use his wheels to stretch out extra-base hits. Mitchell shows plus raw power in batting practice, but his approach limits his ability to apply it in games. Mitchell has worked on getting his lower half more engaged in his swing to try to do more damage, but it remains to be seen how much power he will be able to unlock.

    THE FUTURE: Mitchell can be a polarizing player, but if he can translate his power into games, he has all-star upside. He'll make his pro debut in 2021.

  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: .259/.346/.366 | 6 HR | 19 SB | 421 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Turang became well known in scouting circles early in his high school years, playing for USA Baseball's 15U National Team in 2014. He put himself in the conversation among the top prep hitters in the country, winning a gold medal for Team USA and making the all-tournament team at the U-18 World Cup in 2017. Turang didn't quite meet the high expectations scouts had for him as a senior and slid down the first round to the Brewers, who drafted him 21st overall and signed him for $3.411 million. In his first full season in 2019, Turang hit well in the low Class A Midwest League, though he struggled after a promotion to high Class A Carolina as a 19-year-old. With the 2020 season wiped out due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turang reported to the team's alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., where he was the Brewers' best hitter and started to drive the ball with more impact.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Turang consistently puts together quality at-bats with his sharp eye for the strike zone and sweet lefthanded swing. He's a patient hitter who doesn't chase much off the plate and drew walks 15% of the time in 2019. He has a calm, balanced swing with good bat-to-ball skills and stays through the ball, leading to an all-fields, line-drive approach. The knock on Turang coming into 2020 was his well below-average power, which got exposed once the Brewers promoted him to the Carolina League. Turang did a better job of driving the ball with more authority in Appleton. The Brewers kept an internal “barrel” board of hitters with exit velocities of 95 mph or better at the alternate site, and Turang was consistently among the leaders throughout the summer. Turang didn't change his swing, but he added strength and adjusted his approach in favorable counts to drive the ball for more damage. He still doesn't project as a big power threat, but optimistic evaluators now think 15-20 home runs in his prime is feasible. Turang is a plus runner who has shown good instincts on the basepaths. He has a solid chance to stay at shortstop, where his hands and feet work well. He's adept at charging in on the ball and ranging toward second base, and he has worked to improve his throws from the hole with his average arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: If Turang can continue to show the uptick in his hard-hit rate, he has the components to be an on-base threat who can hit toward the top of a lineup. After what he showed at the alternate training site, he should be ready to jump to Double-A in 2021.

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

    Undrafted out of high school, Frelick emerged as one of the most exciting players in college baseball, combining a mix of explosive athleticism and speed at a premium position with high contact skills and strong game performance. Frelick is a quick-burst athlete who accelerates fast into 70-grade speed, consistently getting home to first in 4.0 seconds from the left side and sometimes a tick under. An infielder in high school, Frelick moved to the outfield and played primarily right field his first two years, but he handled center field in 2021 and showed strong instincts that improved throughout the season en route to becoming the ACC defensive player of the year. His speed translates to good range in center field, where he has a fringe-average arm with good accuracy. Frelick hit .359/.443/.559 in 2021, showing a simple, direct swing from the left side without much movement. At 5-foot-9, he has a small strike zone and mostly stays within that zone, with good hand-eye coordination to make frequent contact, even on times when he does chase. Frelick does a good job of going with where the ball is pitched, with quick hands, and he's able to pull inside fastballs up and in while also sending pitches on the outer third to left field. Frelick has some sneaky power for his size, with the ability to drive the ball out pull side when he gets a pitch up in the zone, but it's more occasional pop that plays below-average in games. Frelick doesn't get off his best swings on pitches down in the zone, but his bat-to-ball skills and elite speed help him beat out infield hits. Frelick is one of the safer college hitters in the draft, with a chance to be a dynamic sparkplug who hits at the top of a lineup and plays good defense in the middle of the field.

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

    Black was a talented three-sport athlete who played football, hockey and baseball back in Canada. He had a loud freshman season with Wright State in 2019, hitting .353/.469/.600 with more walks (38) than strikeouts (18). Black entered the 2021 season as a sleeper candidate after a disappointing 13-game stretch in 2020, because scouts believed in his hitting ability and strike-zone discipline. Black lived up to those expectations this spring, although he admittedly plays in an extremely hitter-friendly conference and home park. Black posted a .383/.496/.683 slash line with a career-best 13 home runs while continuing to manage the strike zone at an impressive rate, with 39 walks to 25 strikeouts. Black has a big leg kick to start his swing but keeps his hands quiet and steady in his load before firing through the zone with impressive hand speed. He has a pull-heavy approach, and this spring did a tremendous amount of damage on pitches on the inner third. Black has an offensive-driven profile and while he's played both second and third this spring, scouts see him more likely winding up at second base at the next level. He's a fringy runner and defender, with below-average arm strength after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder to repair a labrum tear in 2020. Teams who buy into his bat could take him somewhere in the second- or third-round range after a strong 2021 campaign.

  5. 5. 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

    Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Running: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Perez is the son of former major league outfielder Robert Perez and trained with his father before signing with the Brewers for $700,000 in 2019. His impressive blend of athleticism, tools and advanced baseball skills gave the Brewers confidence to push him to the alternate training site in 2020 as a 17-year-old, making him the youngest player on any 60-man player pool. He was one of the Brewers' top performers at instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Perez could soon be the top prospect in the organization. He has a fast, easy and efficient swing from the left side with strong bat-to-ball skills and a firm grasp of the strike zone. He has at least above-average raw power and could develop more with continued physical growth. Perez has added considerable muscle the past couple of years and is a plus runner with quick acceleration in center field. He reads balls well off the bat and takes efficient routes for a 17-year-old. His strong arm is another plus tool. He's also a fluent English speaker whose maturity and charismatic personality endear him to teammates and coaches.

    THE FUTURE: Perez has a chance to be an impact player at a premium position. He's still a teenager who has yet to make his pro debut, but he could be a fast riser through the system.

  6. 6. 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: 3-2 | 1.87 ERA | 88 SO | 39 BB | 73 IP

    Fastball: 50. Slider: 45. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 45. Control: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Small had Tommy John surgery at Mississippi State but bounced back to lead the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts and rank second in ERA as a redshirt junior in 2019. The performance vaulted him into the first round, where the Brewers drafted him 28th overall and signed him for $1.8 million. Small breezed through five starts at low Class A Wisconsin and spent 2020 at the Brewers' alternate training site in Appleton, Wis.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Small relies on his polish, deception and pitchability. His fastball sits at 89-93 mph and touches 94. It plays up with riding life and is aided by his ability to throw it for strikes to all quadrants of the strike zone. Small hides the ball and messes with hitters' timing by varying his leg lift and tempo in his delivery. His slightly above-average changeup is his best offspeed weapon and plays well off his fastball to generate empty swings or weak contact. Small throws a curveball and added a slider to his mix in 2020, but sharpening his breaking stuff is a focal point. Neither one is average, though his feel for pitching is so good he probably won't be tested until he gets to Double-A.

    THE FUTURE: Small's polish is evident. He projects as a starter who fits toward the back of a rotation.

  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

    Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Running: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: Quero played for Venezuela in the 2015 Little League World Series and emerged as one of the top players in the 2019 international class. He signed with the Brewers for $200,000 and immediately delivered a strong showing in the Tricky League—an unofficial league for July 2 signees—and Dominican instructional league. He reported stateside for instructional league in 2020 and impressed on both sides of the ball.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Quero has the tools to develop into a plus defensive catcher. He's quick and athletic behind the plate with advanced blocking and receiving skills for his age. His plus arm helps him record pop times as low as 1.9 seconds on throws to second base. He also draws praise for his intelligence and vocal, high-energy leadership on the field. Quero has hit well so far in unofficial games, even against more advanced competition. He has a sound approach for his age with a knack for making hard contact and driving the ball well to the opposite field. He has solid-average raw power and good bat-to-ball skills.

    THE FUTURE: Quero has yet to make his official pro debut, but he has been an arrow-up player since signing. He's one of the Brewers' top breakout candidates heading into 2021.

  8. 8. 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

    Fastball: 55. Slider: 45. Changeup: 45. Curveball: 55. Control: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Ashby, the nephew of former all-star righthander Andy Ashby, arrived at Crowder (Mo.) JC throwing in the mid 80s but was touching 94 mph by the end of his sophomore season. The Brewers drafted him in the fourth round in 2018 and signed him for $520,000. Ashby made an immediate impression and won the organization's minor league pitcher of the year award while climbing to high Class A in 2019. He was a late arrival to the alternate training site in 2020 and struggled, but he was the team's best pitcher during instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ashby stood out for both his performance and his enhanced stuff during instructional league, though with the caveat he was largely facing younger, less experienced competition. Ashby's fastball jumped from 90-95 mph to 93-97 in 2020 and overwhelmed hitters from the left side. His solid-average curveball is his most effective secondary pitch, while his fringe-average changeup has flashed a tick better. He also mixes in an occasional slider. Ashby's control can come and go, but he did a better job throwing strikes at instructs.

    THE FUTURE: Ashby has a chance to develop into a back-of-the-rotation starter. A high-leverage relief role is possible, too.

  9. 9. Joe Gray | OF
    Joe Gray
    Born: Mar 12, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Scott Nichols.
    Minors: .252/.355/.499 | 20 HR | 23 SB | 405 AB

    Few players in the minors have taken a bigger leap forward than Gray. A second-round pick out of high school in 2018 with power, speed and a strong arm, Gray struggled during his first two years in Rookie ball, including a .164/.279/.300 season in 31 games in the Pioneer League in 2019. Things are starting to click this year though for Gray, who still has some swing-and-miss tendencies but is a vastly improved prospect from where he was coming into the season.

  10. 10. Antoine Kelly | LHP
    Antoine Kelly
    Born: Dec 5, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Harvey Kuenn Jr.
    Minors: 0-2 | 9.78 ERA | 27 SO | 19 BB | 20 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Kelly led all junior college pitchers with 19.1 strikeouts per nine innings for Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC in 2019 and was drafted by the Brewers in the second round. He signed for $1,025,100 and continued to rack up whiffs with 45 strikeouts in 31.2 innings in his pro debut, which was concentrated in the Rookie-level Arizona League. Despite only one career start above the Rookie level, Kelly was the most electric pitcher at the team's alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Kelly has a big 6-foot-6 frame and continues gaining velocity each year. A low-90s pitcher in high school, Kelly sat 93-97 mph leading up to the draft and started touching 98 over 60-pitch outings in Appleton. Kelly previously relied almost wholly on his fastball, but his secondary stuff ticked up in 2020. His slider is a plus pitch that misses bats, and when his changeup is on it flashes at least average. Kelly throws strikes with all three pitches, though he needs to tighten his fastball command. He's slow to the plate from the stretch and needs to do a better job holding runners.

    THE FUTURE: Kelly took a jump in 2020 and has the attributes to develop into a mid-rotation or better starter. He looks poised for a breakout 2021 campaign.

  11. 11. Freddy Zamora | SS
    Freddy Zamora
    Born: Nov 1, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Miami, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Lazaro Llanes.
    Minors: .300/.404/.421 | 6 HR | 10 SB | 347 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Zamora entered the 2020 season at Miami considered one of college baseball's top shortstops, but he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a preseason practice that erased his junior year. Still, the Brewers drafted Zamora in the second round, No. 53 overall, and signed him for $1.15 million. Zamora was still rehabbing throughout the fall and did not play in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Zamora has the tools to be a plus defender at shortstop, where he has soft hands, solid range and a slightly above-average arm. He was error-prone as a sophomore, so he needs to improve his reliability at the position. An above-average runner, Zamora shows his best tools on the defensive side, but he's a steady hitter with fringe-average raw power who controls the strike zone well. He walked more often than he struck out in each of his two seasons at Miami. He has strong baserunning instincts.

    THE FUTURE: Zamora's lost season makes it hard to get a read on his current ability and future projection. When healthy, he showed the makings of a potential steady, everyday player who can stick at shortstop. He is on track to be ready by spring training and should make his pro debut in 2021.

  12. 12. Mario Feliciano | SS
    Mario Feliciano
    Born: Nov 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Florida, P.R., 2016 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Charlie Sullivan.
    Minors: .236/.286/.362 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 127 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: The Brewers have pushed Feliciano aggressively since drafting him in the supplemental second round in 2016, but he responded by winning the high Class A Carolina League MVP award as a 20-year-old in 2019, one year after he played just 46 games and had offseason shoulder surgery. Feliciano spent 2020 at the alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., where he was the Brewers' most consistent offensive performer.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Feliciano made more frequent contact when he first entered the organization, but has traded contact for power the last two seasons. He has plus raw power and a sound swing, but he chases too many pitches outside the strike zone and needs to become a more disciplined hitter. Feliciano is an offensive-oriented player but should end up good enough defensively to stick behind the plate. He's agile and a good athlete for a catcher with a slightly above-average arm. He threw out 28% of basestealers in 2019, and his throwing showed continued signs of improvement in 2020.

    THE FUTURE: Feliciano has a chance to develop into a power-hitting, everyday catcher, but only if he can rein in his aggressive approach and keep his strikeouts manageable. After a cameo at the level in 2019, he'll return to Double-A in 2021.

  13. 13. Zavier Warren | C/3B
    Zavier Warren
    Born: Jan 8, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Central Michigan, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Pete Vuckovich Jr.
    Minors: .258/.367/.442 | 13 HR | 6 SB | 326 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Warren played catcher in high school and spent time behind the plate at Central Michigan, but he was primarily a shortstop for the Chippewas. The Brewers drafted him as a catcher in the third round in 2020 and signed him for $600,000. After signing, Warren worked on his catching in the independent United Shore League, then went to instructional league and hit well.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A switch-hitter, Warren has a good track record of getting on base. He led the Mid-American Conference with a .502 on-base percentage in 2019 and hit .315/.396/.443 that summer in the Cape Cod League. He's a patient hitter with a loose, rhythmic swing and good hand-eye coordination. Warren has a hit-over-power profile, though he makes hard contact from both sides and could be a threat for 15-20 home runs. Warren has the attributes to stay behind the plate with his baseball acumen, agility, hands and average arm strength. He has fallback options with the defensive skills that could fit at third base or perhaps second base. He's an average runner, though he may slow down if he continues to catch.

    THE FUTURE: It's not a lock that Warren can stay behind the plate. If he can, his value receives a boost as a switch-hitting catcher with strong on-base skills.

  14. 14. Eduardo Garcia | SS
    Eduardo Garcia
    Born: Jul 10, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 188
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Reinaldo Hidalgo.
    Minors: .268/.354/.470 | 4 HR | 3 SB | 168 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Garcia was young for the 2018 international signing class, finalizing a $1.1 million deal with the Brewers when he turned 16. He has played just 10 official games in two years after a broken ankle cut his 2019 season short and the coronavirus pandemic erased the 2020 minor league season. The Brewers pushed Garcia aggressively to their alternate training site in Appleton, where he was understandably overmatched given his age and the level of competition. He looked more comfortable during instructional league against age-appropriate opponents.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Garcia has shown promising flashes, but he's difficult to evaluate given his limited playing time. Signed with a skinny 6-foot-2 frame, he has added 25 pounds to a still lean, well-proportioned build. Garcia primarily stands out for his defensive ability at shortstop with soft hands and good defensive actions. He's a tick below-average runner but shows good body control to go with a plus arm. Garcia has added more leverage to his swing, but scouts are mixed on his offensive potential. He hit well during his brief time in the DSL and shows flashes of being an average hitter with 15-home run power, but there's more uncertainty with his bat than his glove.

    THE FUTURE: Garcia will make his stateside debut in 2021. How he performs at the plate will be crucial to watch.

  15. 15. David Hamilton | SS/2B
    David Hamilton
    Born: Sep 29, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Texas, 2019 (8th round).
    Signed By: K.J. Hendricks.
    Minors: .258/.341/.419 | 8 HR | 52 SB | 403 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Hamilton had a standout sophomore year at Texas and but he ruptured his Achilles tendon and missed his entire junior year. The Brewers still took him in the eighth round and signed him for an above-slot $400,000. Hamilton returned to the field in 2020 and played in the independent Constellation Energy League, where he hit .296/.430/.370 and went 20-for-20 on stolen bases in 27 games. He reported to instructional league and drew attention as a top offensive performer.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Hamilton is 22, so he was one of the older players at instructs, but the quality of his at-bats was impressive. He has a sound lefthanded stroke, uses his hands well at the plate and consistently barrels balls while showing a good eye for the strike zone. He doesn't have a ton of home run power, but he's a sound hitter with a good approach. Hamilton is a good athlete and a plus runner. He showed a solid-average arm and played steady defense at both middle-infield positions during instructs.

    THE FUTURE: Hamilton is advanced enough that he could jump to high Class A for his pro debut. He has a chance for a breakout season now that he's healthy.

  16. 16. Jheremy Vargas | UTL
    Jheremy Vargas
    Born: May 10, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Jose Rodriguez.
    Minors: .230/.374/.333 | 2 HR | 8 SB | 135 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Vargas played for Venezuela in the COPABE 14U Pan American Championship in 2017 and signed with the Brewers for $650,000 two years later. He stood out for his baseball IQ and strong offensive performance as an amateur and has continued to showcase those attributes as a pro, first in the Dominican Republic after signing and during instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vargas stands out more in games than in a workout. He doesn't have loud tools or the prettiest swing, but he gets on base, makes frequent contact with good plate discipline and uses the whole field. Vargas is physically behind his peers, so he's mostly a line drive hitter with doubles pop. There's room on his frame to add more strength, but he doesn't project to be a big home run threat. Vargas is an average runner who lacks the quick-twitch actions teams prefer at shortstop, but he has a chance to stick there because of his internal clock, secure hands, solid-average arm and advanced instincts.

    THE FUTURE: Vargas will still be 17 on Opening Day 2021. He is set to begin his pro career in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

  17. 17. Jackson Chourio | OF
    Jackson Chourio
    Born: Mar 11, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 150
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: Outfielder Hedbert Perez led a Venezuelan-heavy international class for the Brewers in 2019. In their next class—moved from July, 2, 2020 to start on Jan. 15, 2021—the Brewers again were strongly focused on Venezuelan prospects, led by the signing of Chourio.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Chourio has a lean, athletic frame with exciting tools now and physical projection for them to get better with strength gains. He has a quick-twitch explosion that shows up in his bat speed, helping him drive the ball with surprising carry off his bat for a wiry teenager, especially to the opposite field. He drives the ball with impact already and could grow into plus power, with a mature approach for his age with his ability to recognize offspeed, use the whole field and make consistent contact in games. He's at least a plus runner now, making him a potential power/speed threat in the middle of the diamond. Chourio has seen time at shortstop and center field, with the Brewers planning to develop him as a shortstop. His offensive game is ahead of his defense, so he could still end up in center field.

    THE FUTURE: Chourio isn't as advanced as Perez was at the same stage, but his tools already make him one of the Brewers' most promising prospects at the lower levels. He will make his pro debut in 2021.

  18. 18. Russell Smith | LHP
    Russell Smith
    Born: Sep 10, 1998
    Ht.: 0'0"

    A 38th-round pick of the Cubs out of high school in 2017, Russell Smith is not what you might think. Watch a massive (6-foot-9, 235 pounds) long-levered lefty and you would expect big stuff and little idea of where it's going. With such a massive frame it would understandably take quite a while for Smith to grow into his delivery. But that's not him. Smith doesn't have big stuff—he can touch 94-95 mph but he will generally pitch at 90-92. But he has a very smooth, repeatable delivery with solid body control. And Smith's fastball plays well up in the strike zone with good vertical movement. It sets up his above-average 82-85 mph changeup which he commands extremely well. Smith throws his changeup almost always down and away to righthanded hitters and he rarely misses his spot. It's a quality creator of ground balls, but it's good enough to get some swings and misses as well. His average slider is somewhat sweepy, but he will bury it with two strikes. Smith missed the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he's otherwise been reasonably durable. Smith seems more likely to be a relatively low-ceiling draft pick, but one who also has a very good chance to be a big leaguer. Whether that role is as a big lefty middle reliever or a back-of-the-rotation starter, his ability to consistently throw three pitches for strikes and attack four quadrants of the strike zone make him a valuable pro prospect.

  19. 19. Hendry Mendez | OF
    Hendry Mendez
    Born: Jan 1, 0001
    Ht.: 0'0"

    Signed out of the Dominican Republic in January, Mendez has been one of the most improved international prospects in his class over the last couple of years. A 6-foot-3 lefthanded hitter, Mendez has been off to a hot start in the Dominican Summer League, showing impressive hitting ability, bat speed and the potential for big power as he continues to fill out his frame.

  20. 20. Alex Binelas | 3B/1B
    Alex Binelas
    Born: May 26, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225
    Minors: .309/.390/.583 | 9 HR | 1 SB | 139 AB

    Binelas entered the 2021 season as one of the better in-game power hitters of the 2021 class, with a chance to go in the top half of the first round. He has slid down draft boards after getting off to an extremely slow start with the bat and moving across the diamond from third base to first. He went 2-for-31 during the first eight games of the season and around the halfway point was hitting just .212/.317/.424. He did have a stronger finish and hit .256/.348/.968 with 19 home runs, but teams have struggled to look past how lost he looked at the plate early, in addition to a 22% strikeout rate. Binelas does have massive raw power out of a strong, 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame and he distributed his homers from the left-center gap to the right-center gap, with some scouts assessing his raw power as 70-grade. While his career average won't look great, Binelas' power output and walk rates are impressive and scouts who like him appreciate his plate discipline and all-fields approach. Teams entered the year hoping he would prove his ability at third base—where he'd shown stiff actions and fringy glovework—but now he's a likely first baseman. Some scouts think he might be athletic enough to handle left field. Binelas did have a massive, three-homer game against Clemson in the ACC Tournament, which could have swayed evaluators back to his preseason hype, but it seems safe to say Binelas raised more questions than he answered this spring.

  21. 21. Logan Henderson | RHP
    Logan Henderson
    Born: Mar 2, 2002
    Ht.: 0'0"

    Normally the best pitching prospects in junior college baseball have a fire-breathing dragon of a fastball. That was the case for Luke Little, Nate Pearson, Jackson Rutledge and Antoine Kelly. Henderson is a different kind of pitching prospect. He's maybe 6-feet tall, and while he can touch 94 mph, he generally sits at 90-92. But his high-spin rate fastball gets swings and misses up in the zone and he has three average or better pitches that all play up thanks to his plus control and command. The NJCAA Division I pitcher of the year, the true freshman led NJCAA Division I with 166 strikeouts and was third with a 1.66 ERA. He threw a seven-inning perfect game in late April and struck out 31 while allowing one run in 16 innings in two NJCAA World Series starts as he helped McLennan to the national title. Henderson's plus mid-70s changeup is a weapon with excellent deception and late drop. He'll use it against righties and lefties and is comfortable pitching in and out. He also throws his fastball to all four quadrants of the strike zone with plus control. His mid-70s curve is an average offering as well and like everything else he throws, he commands it well.

  22. 22. Felix Valerio | IF
    Felix Valerio
    Born: Dec 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'7" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .290/.401/.468 | 11 HR | 31 SB | 427 AB

    Valerio came over from the Mets in the 2019 trade that sent Keon Broxton to New York. He's played all over the diamond at Low-A in his age-20 season, and is showing excellent contact ability and strike zone discipline. Through Aug. 2, Valerio was among the top 10 in his league in average and on-base percentage and had walked more times (46) than he'd struck out (40).

  23. 23. Abner Uribe | RHP
    Abner Uribe
    Born: Jun 20, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Elvis Cruz.
    Minors: 1-0 | 4.01 ERA | 52 SO | 25 BB | 34 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Uribe was old enough to sign out of the Dominican Republic in 2017 but wasn't officially registered with Major League Baseball, so the Brewers signed him in 2018 for $85,000. Uribe's fastball topped out in the low 90s when he signed and has since skyrocketed. He began touching the mid 90s in his stateside debut in 2019, then sat 95-98 mph and touched 101 at instructional league in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Uribe has always had fast arm speed, and his velocity spike came as he gained strength and became more consistent with his delivery. He has thrown just 28.1 official innings in three years, mostly as a reliever, so the rest of his development beyond his velocity lags behind. Uribe's fastball command and overall strike-throwing has been erratic and he tends to overthrow. He has shown a feel for a slider that's ahead of his changeup, but because he often falls behind in counts his focus has been on learning how to throw his fastball for strikes.

    THE FUTURE: Uribe has a chance to be a power-armed reliever. He'll need to throw strikes to get there.

  24. 24. Carlos Rodriguez | OF
    Carlos Rodriguez
    Born: Nov 27, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Jose Rodriguez.

    TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez was one of the most advanced pure hitters in the 2017 international class and signed with the Brewers for $1.355 million. He lived up to that reputation by hitting over .320 in each of his first two seasons as a pro. Rodriguez spent time at the alternate training site in 2020, where he wasn't a standout but held his own against significantly older competition and a lefty-heavy pitching group.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rodriguez's bat control is among the best in the Brewers' system. He has a career strikeout rate of just 10% and has a knack for putting the bat to the ball. He doesn't walk much, in part because he makes contact early in counts, and will need to be more selective to enhance his on-base skills. Rodriguez's power is mostly to the gaps. While he added strength in 2020 and started driving the ball, he's mostly a line-drive hitter with 8-12 home run potential. Where Rodriguez ends up defensively is his biggest question. He's an average runner without the burner speed of a typical center fielder. Some observers like his defensive instincts in center, while others think he looks more comfortable in a corner.

    THE FUTURE: There's some tweener outfield risk with Rodriguez, but he has hit at every level so far and that may be enough to carry him.

  25. 25. Justin Topa | RHP
    Justin Topa
    Born: Mar 7, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Long IslandBrooklyn, 2013 (17th round).
    Signed By: Chris Kline (Pirates).
    Minors: 1-0 | 2.40 ERA | 16 SO | 4 BB | 15 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Topa had Tommy John surgery in college in 2011 and, after signing with the Pirates for $70,000 as a 13th-round pick in 2013, had a second Tommy John surgery in 2015. He was released and spent 2017 pitching in the independent Can-Am League before signing a minor league deal with the Rangers in 2018. Topa joined the Brewers on a minor league deal in 2019 and reached Double-A. He generated buzz at the alternate training site and earned his first big league callup in September as a 29-year-old.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Topa flourished in his brief time in Milwaukee and didn't look like a fluke. He throws a heavy sinker that sits at 96-99 mph with lively armside run and peaks at 100 mph. His plus slider plays well off his fastball with two-plane depth and deep lateral break. Both pitches are swing-and-miss weapons against both righties and lefties. Topa has demonstrated plus control throughout his career and didn't issue a single walk 7.2 innings with the Brewers. FUTURE: Already entering his 30s, Topa's window to produce is limited. He has the high-octane stuff to be a key reliever for the Brewers right away in 2021.

  26. 26. Jesus Parra | 3B/2B
    Jesus Parra
    Born: Aug 30, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Jesus Rodriguez.
    Minors: .200/.261/.305 | 2 HR | 0 SB | 105 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Parra signed with the Brewers for $210,000 during the 2018 international signing period as one of the youngest players in the class. He made his pro debut in 2019 in the Dominican Summer League and hit .275/.398/.486 after the all-star break. The Brewers brought Parra to Arizona for instructional league 2020, though he was a late arrival and didn't get many at-bats.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Parra is a big, physical infielder with a patient hitting approach for his age, good bat speed and above-average raw power. His power comes with some swing-and-miss, as he struck out 26 percent of the time in the DSL, though he was also just 16 years old nearly the whole season. If he can keep his strikeout rate to a manageable level, his ability to draw walks should help keep his on-base percentage up. A below-average runner, Parra has split time between second base and third base. His range probably fits better at third base. His hands and feet work well for his size and he has a plus arm.

    THE FUTURE: Parra will still be 18 in 2021. He will spend most of the year at the Rookie level.

  27. 27. 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

    TRACK RECORD: The Brewers bet on Wiemer's tools and drafted him in the fourth round in 2020 despite a lack of standout performance in college at Cincinnati. He signed for $150,000 and spent the summer playing for Birmingham Bluefield of the independent United Shore Baseball League. He struggled there before heading to instructional league, where a thumb injury limited his playing time.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wiemer has a fast bat and plus raw power. He isn't a free-swinger, but he hasn't tapped into that power in games and faces questions about his pure hitting ability because of all the moving parts in his unorthodox swing. He loads with a big leg kick, drops his hands from behind his head to just above his waist before raising them back again and unleashing an aggressive hack. All of that creates timing issues and will be tested once he faces better velocity. Wiemer has plus speed underway and good instincts on the basepaths. He runs well enough to play center field, though he projects as a corner outfielder due to his size. He clocked up to 104 mph in outfield throwing drills and has an 80-grade arm.

    THE FUTURE: Wiemer will make his pro debut in 2021. If he doesn't hit enough, his arm strength and athleticism make pitching a fallback option.

  28. 28. Gregory Barrios | SS
    Gregory Barrios
    Born: Apr 8, 2004
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: The Brewers signed a trio of Venezuelan shortstops at the top of their 2020-21 international class that opened on Jan. 15, 2021, including Barrios, one of the best defensive shortstops in his class.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Barrios is a smooth, instinctive defender who is light on his feet with good body control, soft hands and fluid actions. An average runner, Barrios has a good internal clock, especially for his age, with a strong arm that projects to be above-average. He has added strength over the last couple of years with some more physical projection to dream on to help grow his current gap power. He's a switch-hitter who is better from the right side, with a sharp eye for the strike zone, good bat-to-ball skills and a line-drive approach.

    THE FUTURE: Barrios is a promising shortstop prospect, but he is still far away with a lot to prove. He will get his first professional experience in 2021.

  29. 29. Daniel Guilarte | SS
    Daniel Guilarte
    Born: Jan 1, 0001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 160

    TRACK RECORD: When the 2020-21 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, Guilarte was one of three prominent Venezuelan shortstops the Brewers signed at the top of their class, along with Jackson Bryan Chourio and Gregory Barrios.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Compared to Barrios, Guilarte is a bit more physically advanced right now but with good strength projection remaining in his wiry 6-foot-1, 165-pound frame. His tools have already started to trend up over the past year, as he's now a plus runner and flashing a plus arm with the defensive actions to stay at shortstop. Guilarte has good bat-to-ball skills and a solid idea of the strike zone for his age. He has the bat speed and strength projection to grow into more than his present gap power, though his swing is geared more for low line drives than loft.

    THE FUTURE: Guilarte's tools have trended up over the past year, but he's still 17 and a long way from the majors. He will make his pro debut in 2021.

  30. 30. Dylan File | RHP
    Dylan File
    Born: Jun 4, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Dixie State, 2017 (21st round).
    Signed By: Jeff Scholzen.
    Minors: 2-5 | 5.36 ERA | 45 SO | 16 BB | 51 IP

    TRACK RECORD: File went to Division II Dixie State, where he won Pacific West Conference freshman of the year in 2015 and co-pitcher of the year in 2017. He has exceeded expectations as a pro, showing a combination of durability and control that has led to success through Double-A. The Brewers brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: File relies on his ability to throw strikes and mix four pitches. His fastball ranges from 88-92 mph and touches 94 in short bursts. He has some deception in his delivery and is able to get elevated swings and misses with his fastball despite below-average velocity. File has plus control, filling the strike zone and hitting his spots. He lacks a true putaway pitch with an average curveball and slider to go with a fringe-average changeup. He gets ahead in counts and sequences hitters effectively.

    THE FUTURE: Whether File's stuff will work against advanced hitters remains a question. He'll open 2021 in Triple-A with a chance to make his major league debut during the year.

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