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TRACK RECORD: A star for USA Baseball in high school, Turang was viewed as one of the best prospects in the 2018 class for several years in the leadup to the draft. But instead of being in consideration for the first pick, Turang ended up sliding significantly. Turang became a victim of so-called “prospect fatigue.” The Brewers went well over slot to sign him for $3,411,100 and keep him from a Louisiana State commitment. Turang immediately hit at two Rookie levels after signing and continued to perform in his first full season. He earned Midwest League all-star honors at low Class A Wisconsin and finished the year at high Class A Carolina as a 19-year-old. SCOUTING REPORT: Turang's most obvious offensive skills are his plate discipline and ability to put the ball in play. He walked 83 times in 2019, compared to 101 strikeouts, and profiles as a leadoff hitter with his plus speed and on-base skills. Turang gets the most from his plus speed as a savvy baserunner. He stole 30 bases in 35 attempts at his two Class A stops and projects to keep his speed as he ages because of his thin frame and long legs. Turang has everything you would want at the top of the lineup as a lefthanded hitter who makes contact, puts the ball in play and creates pressure on the defense with his speed. He's gained about 10 pounds since being drafted and showed more pop at the plate, but most evaluators see him topping out at 10-15 home runs. Turang's speed helps him cover ground at shortstop, where his range and sure hands, combined with an average arm, should allow him to stay at that position. Opposing evaluators generally prefer Turang as a second baseman, where he played roughly one-third of his games in 2019, but the Brewers believe he can stick at shortstop and plan to develop him there. He plays the game hard and is something of a baseball gym rat. He has a solid pedigree as the son of former Mariners outfielder Brian Turang. THE FUTURE: With Keston Hiura expected to be entrenched at second base in Milwaukee, the impetus is for Turang to develop as a shortstop. It's not easy to find shortstops with plus speed who profile as leadoff hitters, and the Brewers believe they have a good one in Turang. He will begin 2020 back at high Class A Carolina and could see Double-A Biloxi during the season if everything goes according to plan.
TRACK RECORD: The Brewers have tested the mental toughness of Lutz, who grew up in the warmth of Texas but spent his first full season in 2018 at the cold climate at low Class A Wisconsin. The Brewers saw Lutz improve throughout that year and didn't hesitate to move him up to high Class A Carolina at age 20. He continued to have his ups and downs, particularly with swing-and-miss issues, but showed a promising skill set. SCOUTING REPORT: Lutz's budding power remains his primary calling card. He displays bat speed and sheer strength, causing the ball to jump off his bat. High strikeout numbers have come with his above-average power, (139 in 2018 and 137 in 2019) but Lutz is more than an all-or-nothing slugger. He shows a willingness to hit to all fields and recognizes pitches well for a young player. Lutz is a good athlete who runs the bases well and has enough speed to play center field, though he has seen increasing action in right field, where his above-average arm plays well. THE FUTURE: Lutz played most of 2019 at age 20 and should continue to develop as a hitter with more experience. His power potential, athleticism and work ethic have the Brewers believing he's their future everyday right fielder.
TRACK RECORD: Ray struggled after the Brewers took him fourth overall in 2016, but he appeared to break through when he won MVP of the Double-A Southern League in 2018. Instead of a strong follow-up season, Ray suffered a hand injury during spring training that hampered his swing the entire year. A wrist issue later in the year resulted in another stay on the injured list, and overall Ray hit just .218 over 69 games in what became a lost season. SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Ray's combination of power and speed makes him a dynamic player. There is a lot of swing and miss to his game due to below-average pitch recognition, his aggressive nature and a long swing, but the trade-off is above-average power to all fields. When he does reach base, Ray is a difference-maker with plus speed and the willingness to run at any time. That speed also plays well in center field, where he chases down balls from gap to gap while displaying an average arm. THE FUTURE: Ray never figures to hit for a high average but should compile enough extra-base hits to make up for it. He needs to show he can stay healthy in order to be a major league option in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Small improved his draft stock markedly with a huge junior season at Mississippi State. He led the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts (176), finished second in ERA (1.93) and ranked third in both innings (107) and opponent average (.164). Instead of going in the third to fifth rounds as expected, Small went 28th overall to the Brewers and signed for $1.8 million after leading the Bulldogs to the College World Series. SCOUTING REPORT: Small compiles huge strikeout numbers by getting great extension with his long arms and using a deceptive delivery. He doesn't throw as hard as he did prior to Tommy John surgery in 2017 and sits mostly in the 89-92 mph range, but his advanced command, extension and deception make it appear much harder. He has also learned to vary the tempo of his delivery, adding some pauses with a bit of crossfire action. Small's above-average curveball is more of a “slurve” that generates swings and misses from lefthanded hitters, while his fringe-average changeup plays up with his deceiving arm action and late fade to neutralize righthanded hitters. THE FUTURE: With no real plus pitch, Small profiles as more of a back-of-the-rotation starter, but he also has an advanced feel for pitching and has proven to be an overachiever. He will open 2020 at high Class A Carolina.
TRACK RECORD: Ashby boosted his stock more than any player in the Brewers' system in 2019 and was named the organization's pitcher of the year. The reason was he gained better command of his pitches. He struck out 135 batters in 126 innings across both Class A levels, using a three-pitch mix that allowed him to control the action. It's what the Brewers had in mind when they drafted Ashby in the fourth round in 2018 after he averaged 18.8 strikeouts per nine innings at Crowder (Mo.) JC. SCOUTING REPORT: Ashby doesn't throw overly hard, with a fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range. What separates him is a devastating curveball. It's a true plus-pitch he sometimes throws tight and hard to give the appearance of a slider, and lefthanded hitters in particular are helpless against it. Same-side batters managed just .183 with six extra-base hits—all doubles. Ashby has made great strides with his changeup to give him a reliable third pitch. He has a deceptive, funky delivery that makes his pitches hard to pick up but also leads to occasional lapses of command and gives him fringe-average control overall. THE FUTURE: Ashby has the stuff of a potential mid-rotation starter and just needs to keep making strides with his control. He is slated to start 2020 at Double-A Biloxi.
TRACK RECORD: After an injury-plagued 2018 limited Feliciano to just 42 games and resulted in offseason shoulder surgery, the Puerto Rican catcher needed to reestablish himself as a top prospect in the system. He did exactly that, leading the high Class A Carolina League with 19 homers, 81 RBIs, a .477 slugging percentage, 48 extra-base hits and 210 total bases at age 20 and winning the league's MVP award. SCOUTING REPORT: A bat-first player, Feliciano finally made strides offensively but should also develop into a high-caliber defender with more games behind the plate. He has a compact swing and makes consistent hard contact to all fields and is learning to tap into his average power more and more in games. Feliciano is an aggressive hitter who rarely walks and is prone to striking out—his swinging-strike rate was one of the highest in the minors—but his plate discipline should improve with maturity and experience. Feliciano is a good athlete who runs well for a catcher and shows agility behind the plate. His plus arm strength and quick release discourages runners from taking liberties on the bases. THE FUTURE: Feliciano has all the tools to develop into an everyday catcher, but he still needs to show he can repeat his breakout 2019. He will try to do that at Double-A Biloxi in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Brewers went for upside when they drafted Kelly 65th overall in 2019 and signed him for just over $1 million. Kelly led all junior college pitchers with 19.1 strikeouts per nine innings with his overpowering fastball at Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC, then struck out 41 batters in 28.2 innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League after signing. SCOUTING REPORT: Kelly's fastball sat in the low 90s in high school, but after adding weight and strength and working on his mechanics, he now sits 93-97 mph and has the projectable frame to one day touch 100. With a 6-foot-6 frame and loose arm action, he hasn't had to do much more than pump fastballs past hitters to succeed. Whether Kelly starts or relieves will depend on the development of his secondary pitches. He gets chases on his above-average slider, particularly from lefthanded hitters, but he must show more consistent command of it. His changeup is not much of a factor. Considering his long, lanky frame, Kelly has shown relatively good command, but it is still fringe-average overall. THE FUTURE: Scouts already compare Kelly with Brewers closer Josh Hader, believing his future will be as a strikeout sensation out of the bullpen rather than in the rotation. He will open 2020 at a Class A level.
TRACK RECORD: Garcia was one of the youngest players in the 2018 international class and signed with the Brewers for $1.1 million on his 16th birthday. His glove immediately caught the attention of scouts during showcases in Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Assigned to the Dominican Summer League for his pro debut, Garcia got off to a hot start at the plate before suffering a season-ending broken ankle in mid-June while sliding into second base. SCOUTING REPORT: It's not often that players as young as Garcia show such advanced defensive skills. He's a true plus defensive shortstop with a plus arm, and those tools could very well get even better as he matures physically and adds strength. At the plate, Garcia shows promise with a good approach and smooth swing that already yields gap power. He has quick hands and uses his lower half, and he might develop more pop over time. He is expected to be at least an average runner on the bases. It's Garcia's glove, above all else, that will fuel his rise. THE FUTURE: Garcia is not expected to have any lingering effects from his ankle injury. He will likely be kept in extended spring training to start 2020.
TRACK RECORD: The Rays drafted Rasmussen 31st overall in 2017 out of Oregon State but did not sign him over concerns about his elbow following the Tommy John surgery he had as a sophomore. He returned to OSU and needed a second TJ as a senior. Believing he would make a full recovery, the Brewers drafted him in the sixth round in 2018 and signed him for $135,000. After a year of rehab, Rasmussen re-emerged throwing in the upper 90s at 2019 spring training and rose three levels to Double-A. SCOUTING REPORT: Rasmussen overpowers hitters with a mid-90s fastball that touches 99 mph. It has plus velocity and plays with life in the strike zone to make it a plus-plus pitch. Rasmussen backs up his fastball with an aboveaverage power slider in the 88-91 mph range and an improving changeup which has a chance to be an average third pitch. Rasmussen quickly regained his feel for pitching postsurgery and fills up the strike zone with above-average control THE FUTURE: Rasmussen has starter stuff, but after two surgeries and a careful approach to pitch counts, his future could be in the bullpen. He will see Triple-A San Antonio in 2020 and has a shot at making his major league debut.
TRACK RECORD: The Brewers expected big things from Brown at Triple-A San Antonio after he won the organization's minor league pitcher of the year award in 2018, but he struggled with the introduction of the new ball to Triple-A and logged a 5.79 ERA with a rising walk rate and declining strikeout rate. Instead of getting his feet wet in the majors as expected, Brown lost confidence in his stuff and received a “time out” to regroup. SCOUTING REPORT: At his best, Brown features a three-pitch mix and keeps his stuff deep into games. He uses both sides of the plate with a 92-95 mph fastball and goes to his two-seamer to induce weak ground balls. Brown mixes in a plus curveball when ahead in the count, keeping hitters off his hard stuff and inducing lots of swings and misses. He also has good feel for a promising changeup that also keeps opponents off his fastball. Brown struggled more with his command last season, but the Brewers like the way he competes on the mound and, when he's right, attacks the strike zone. THE FUTURE: It remains to be seen if Brown can remain a starter or is better suited for a relief role with his fastball and breaking ball. After struggling at San Antonio, he'll be sent back there to get squared away.
TRACK RECORD: As an amateur in Venezuela, Perez trained with his father, Robert Perez, an outfielder who played six seasons in the big leagues from 1994-2001, mostly with the Blue Jays. Perez was one of the elite players in the 2019 international class when the Brewers signed him, with an exciting combination of athleticism, tools and baseball skills on both sides of the ball for a 16-year-old. SCOUTING REPORT: Perez is a high-contact hitter with an efficient, compact swing, barreling balls to all fields, with good performance in games. He's a disciplined hitter who has a chance to get on base at a high clip and has at least 55 raw power now that should be plus or better once he gets stronger. Along with his hitting ability and power, Perez is an excellent athlete with plus or better speed underway. He's a potential above-average defender in center field, where he reads the ball well off the bat and takes good routes, with accurate throws from a plus arm. He's also a fluent English speaker who draws praise for his confidence and leadership. THE FUTURE: Perez will make his pro debut in 2020, and while he hasn't played yet, his impact potential offensively and defensively at a premium position makes him one of the most exciting players in the system.
TRACK RECORD: Rodriguez was one of the more advanced hitting prospects to come out of Venezuela in 2017, and accordingly the Brewers gave the 16-year-old a signing bonus of $1.355 million. SCOUTING REPORT: Not big in size, he stood out for his plus speed, which played well on the bases and in center field, but he also has advanced contact skills for his age. As might be expected for someone of his small stature, Rodriguez is more of a slasher than a slugger, making hard contact to all fields with a short, compact stroke. Once on the bases, he is a threat to steal but must work on reading pitchers and getting better jumps. His speed allows him to go gap-to-gap in center with little effort and he has all the makings of being the prototypical, contact leadoff hitter a la Juan Pierre, with the same below-average arm strength. He was considered one of the top prospects last season in the Rookie-level Pioneer League despite getting a late start while recovering from a broken hamate bone. That injury limited him to 43 games, but he made a healthy return in July with a brief stint in the AZL before moving to the new Rocky Mountain franchise and showing off his hitting prowess. THE FUTURE: He has advanced skills on both sides of the ball and therefore could move quickly through the system. Rodriguez likely will move up to low Class A Wisconsin.
TRACK RECORD: Supak pitched so well in 20 starts at Class AA Biloxi before being promoted to Triple-A San Antonio, he was named the pitcher of the year in the Southern League. He completely dominated opponents, logging 91 strikeouts in 122.2 innings, with only 23 walks, while limiting hitters to a .192 batting average. He did not fair nearly as well in the hitter-friendly PCL, compiling only 30 innings over seven starts, with opponents batting .325. SCOUTING REPORT: Supak has a pitch-to-contact approach, making pinpoint command and mixing pitches well in his outings. He uses a four-pitch mix, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s. His slider and changeup have plus-pitch potential, and Supak uses them more than his curveball, with good command. He uses his height to pitch on a downhill plane but is a big-bodied player who must focus more on conditioning to succeed at the top level. THE FUTURE: Pitching to contact can be risky at times, but Supak has the ingredients to be a successful starter in the majors because of his stuff and feel for pitching, and the Brewers like the way he competes on the mound. He is expected to start the 2020 season with San Antonio.
TRACK RECORD: Nearly all of the Brewers' top bonuses in their 2019 international class went to Venezuelan players. That includes Medina, one of the top outfielders in the class. SCOUTING REPORT: Medina stands out for his huge raw power from the left side. It grades out at least plus and shows flashes of becoming a 70 on the 20-80 scale. He's able to produce that power with a loose stroke, using his hands well and showing a solid sense for the strike zone. He gets in trouble when he gets pull-conscious, where his weight shifts out front too soon and he flies open early, which leads to empty swings. Even when he is caught out front, his hands are good enough for him to still be able to make contact sometimes, but better balance will help him handle pitches on the outer third. Medina will probably start out in center field, but he's more likely to end up in right field. He's an average runner and does have solid defensive instincts, but as he fills out he's likely to slow down. The tools are there for him to be a good defender in right field, with a 55 arm that could get stronger. THE FUTURE: Medina is far away, but he immediately becomes one of the organization's most promising lower-level prospects. He should hit in the middle of the lineup for the Brewers in the Dominican Summer League in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Williams long has been considered to have one of the best arms in the organization but suffered a setback when Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. He got back on the mound in 2018 for 14 starts at high Class A Carolina, but it wasn't until last year at Double-A Biloxi that he used some added muscle to get his velocity back in a big way, throwing his fastball in the mid-tohigh 90s, at times touching 100 mph. Accordingly, he became more aggressive with that pitch, attacking hitters up in the zone with late life, increasing his strikeout rate. SCOUTING REPORT: He still flashes a sharp-breaking slider in the upper 80s but has gotten better feel for his changeup, which dips more than 10 mph below the velocity of his fastball and provides a new weapon that helped him dominate Double-A hitters (.181 batting average). Williams eventually was bumped up to Triple-A San Antonio, then to Milwaukee for his major league debut. Much of his newfound success came after being moved from a starting role to relief, with an appearance in the Futures Game signaling a return to prospect status. He made strides with his command but still has some work to do there. THE FUTURE: Just like that, Williams' career is back on track. He will get a shot to make the Brewers' bullpen in the spring as a multi-inning reliever.
TRACK RECORD: The Brewers like both the tangibles and intangibles of Henry, which is why they invited him to their spring camp in 2019 after three seasons as a pro, without being on the 40-man roster. They wanted him to benefit from being around the big league catchers and continue to soak up knowledge while getting to watch how they go about their daily work. Henry then went out and put together a solid if not sensational season at high Class A Carolina while sharing time with another top catching prospect, Mario Feliciano. SCOUTING REPORT: He has the physical strength to generate power at the plate as well as handle the rigorous duties of a catcher over a full season. As with many power hitters, Henry has some significant swing-and-miss to his offensive game and must work to improve a lopsided strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2019 (142 to 26). As he matures and learns not to chase so many pitches off the plate, his OBP should tick upward. Behind the plate, Henry has a strong arm that discourages opponents from taking liberties on the base paths. He has a quick release that helps with pop times and club officials love the way he works behind the plate, shows energy and takes charge of games. THE FUTURE: No one will outwork him, and he certainly has the tools and work ethic to become an everyday, power-hitting catcher in the majors. He was scratched from an Arizona Fall League assignment because of an MCL sprain in his left knee but recovered fully from that injury.
TRACK RECORD: Kahle was a bit under-the-radar as a catcher in the Pac-12 during the same draft season as Oregon State backstop Adley Rutschman, but had a strong junior season, setting the single-season walk record (59) for the Huskies and leading the team in average (.339), on-base percentage (.506) and slugging (.532) before signing with the Brewers for $325,000 as a fourth-round pick in 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: A compact, 5-foot-10 catcher, Kahle has some solid defensive tools and is a good receiver with soft hands who works well with pitchers thanks to his maturity and baseball IQ. Amateur scouts had mixed thoughts on his defensive ability though thanks to fringe-average arm strength and consistent tail on his throws, but his first stint in pro ball was strong in that area, as he threw out 53 percent of basestealers in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Kahle's best tool is his natural hitting ability. He improved as a hitter each season with Washington and has a short, direct swing that's contact-oriented. He pairs that with a fairly polished approach, rarely chasing out of the strike zone and he also draws walks at a solid clip—12.4 percent of the time in the Pioneer and Carolina Leagues—as his college track record indicates. Kahle has below average power that will limit his offensive ceiling, with some scouts expecting around 10 homers over a full season. THE FUTURE: Some scouts have questioned whether or not Kahle is physical enough to handle catching full time in pro ball, but if he can has a chance to profile nicely with a solid hit tool. Low Class A Wisconsin is up next.
TRACK RECORD: Had Parra been born 48 hours later, he would have been a July 2 international signing for the 2019 class and would have made his pro debut in 2020. Instead, Parra narrowly made the cutoff to sign in the 2018 class, so the Brewers signed him for $210,000 when he turned 16 on Aug. 30, 2018. He played his first season in the DSL as a 16-year-old and hit .275/.398/.486 after the all-star break. SCOUTING REPORT: Parra is a physical infielder with a promising mix of patience and power. He has above-average raw power now with the strength projection for that to potentially tick up as he gets into his prime. There is some swing-and-miss to his game—he struck out 26 percent of the time in the DSL— though that's somewhat mitigated by him being a 16-year-old in that league. His strike-zone judgment is sound, though, and he draws walks to go with his power. Parra split time between third base and second last year, with a traditional profile for third. He's a below-average runner but his hands and feet work well for his size and he can finish plays with a plus arm. THE FUTURE: Parra will head to either the Rookie-level Arizona League or the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 2020, where he will again be one of the league's youngest players for his U.S. debut.
TRACK RECORD: Quero played for Venezuela in the 2015 Little League World Series, then four years later was one of the top catchers in the country when the Brewers signed him at 16 on July 2, 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: Quero has a strong, durable frame and a chance to be a plus defender. His blocking and receiving technique are advanced for his age, with quick, athletic movements behind the plate. He also has a plus arm and a fast exchange, which produces pop times into the low 1.9s in games. Quero also draws praise for his leadership and intelligence that should help him as a catcher. Quero combines impressive defense with a promising bat that produced a low swing-and-miss rate as an amateur and hard contact when he connects. He has a good offensive approach for his age and drives the ball the other way well, with the ability to hit balls out from right-center over to his pull side already, so he could grow into plus power. THE FUTURE: Before signing, Quero didn't have as high of a profile as some of the other catchers in his class, but he has trended up significantly. He has more breakout potential heading into his pro debut.
TRACK RECORD: Expectations are usually modest for 10th-round draft picks who sign for $10,000, but Bettinger has become an overachiever in the Brewers' system. Selected after his senior season at Virginia, Bettinger had poor-to-modest results in his first two seasons as a pro before beginning to blossom last year at Double-A Biloxi. SCOUTING REPORT: After getting past a poor start to the season (8.13 ERA through six outings), his strikeout rate improved (9.68 per nine innings), his walk rate declined (2.16) and he became the staff workhorse, leading the team with 146.1 innings. A major reason for that breakthrough was a bump up in velocity, with his fastball sitting in the low 90s and occasionally touching higher, allowing him to pitch up in the zone. Bettinger mixes in an above-average curveball and dependable cutter, giving him a mix that should allow him to remain a starting pitcher. His command has sharpened considerably, allowing him to miss more bats and he has some deception in a funky, crossfire delivery. THE FUTURE: If Bettinger is unable to continue advancing as a starter, he at least projects as a multiinning reliever in the major leagues. He likely will begin the 2020 season at Triple-A San Antonio, leaving him a phone call away from the top level.
TRACK RECORD: When the Brewers took File out of Division II Dixie State in the 21st round of the 2017 draft, the expectations were modest. But no pitcher in the system enjoyed more success last season than File, who split time between high Class A Carolina and Double-A Biloxi. Beyond the 15-6 record and 3.24 ERA, he had a tremendous strikeout-walk ratio (136 to 22) over 147 innings, no small sample size. SCOUTING REPORT: File uses a four-pitch mix, with a fastball in the low 90s, a slider in the high 70s, a curveball in the mid 70s and a changeup in the low 80s. His slider is a true strikeout pitch, with a late, sharp break that is particularly effective against righthanded hitters. File throws his curveball more over the top, giving two distinct looks to his breaking pitches. He pitches ahead in the count, attacking hitters and forcing lots of weak contact. File dropped his arm slot a bit after being drafted, helping his pitches break more with a consistent delivery. He has confidence in his ability to throw strikes and it shows on the mound, with a real feel for setting up hitters. THE FUTURE: File shows good athleticism on the mound and the Brewers believe he can remain a starting pitcher as he continues to advance through the system. After making 14 starts at Double-A to close 2019, he could be ready for Triple-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Until 2019, Taylor seemed destined to be a top prospect who never made the majors. A high school football standout, Taylor ranked No. 1 on the Brewers Top 30 in 2015. He has struggled since then and missed much of 2017 due to a hamstring strain. He had a wrist issue in 2019, but he got hot late and received a September callup when Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain were injured. SCOUTING REPORT: Taylor's value is tied to his athleticism and defensive ability. He fits in center field thanks to his instincts and ability to track down balls hit into the gaps. He is a plus runner whose speed plays better in the outfield than it does on the basepaths. Offensively, Taylor has solid bat-to-ball skills, and has seen his raw power translate better in games the past two seasons, but he remains a below-average hitter with below-average power. That's why he profiles more as an emergency callup rather than a fourth outfielder who sticks all season. THE FUTURE: Taylor is on the Brewers' 40-man roster, so he will head to spring training competing for a backup outfield spot. Most likely he will return to Triple-A San Antonio.
TRACK RECORD: After a bout of pneumonia during his rookie year and a hamstring strain in 2019, Gray has played in just 55 games, with mostly poor results (.171/.308/.310). He looked good in extended spring training last year before suffering the hamstring strain and never really caught up during a second season of rookie ball. As a result, he needs playing time more than any young, top prospect in the system. SCOUTING REPORT: Power potential is Gray's calling card, though worries about his swing-and-miss tendencies caused him to drop out of the first round of the '18 draft. His other plus tool is arm strength, among the best in the prep ranks before being drafted. Gray also runs well and takes good routes in center, giving him a good chance to remain at that position. What remains to be seen is if he will make enough consistent contact to take full advantage of his power potential and speed on the bases. THE FUTURE: He played the entire 2019 season so there is plenty of time for Gray to develop, but he has to stay out of the trainer's room. After missing so much time during his first two pro years, it remains to be seen if Gray will be deemed ready to go to low Class A in 2020 or have to play yet again in rookie ball.
TRACK RECORD: Dillard was a hitter first at Ole Miss and a defender second, having moved from catcher to primarily an outfielder before the '19 draft. The Brewers envisioned him as a first baseman, however, and that was his primary position in his first season as a pro at low Class A Wisconsin. SCOUTING REPORT: A switch-hitter, he saw far more action from the left side of the plate and therefore was more productive. He hit all of his home runs as a lefty and shows raw power with a short swing and natural loft in his swing. Dillard produces good at-bats, making consistent contact and showing mature plate discipline, giving him a chance to hit for average and power. He doesn't run particularly well but has good instincts and a feel for picking spots to steal. In the outfield, he has limited range and an average arm, explaining why the Brewers played him mostly at first base, where he showed surprising athleticism. THE FUTURE: He will continue to see action as a catcher, and likely at third base as well because of the way the Brewers value versatility. Dillard probably will start the 2020 season at high Class A Carolina.
TRACK RECORD: Lazar pitched only 79 innings for low Class A Wisconsin in 2019, but was so impressive he received consideration for the organization's minor-league pitcher of the year. In those 79 innings, he had an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio (109 to 15) with a 1.04 WHIP while limiting opponents to a .226 batting average. Lazar was only 19 when the season began and his workload was carefully managed with a five-day, piggyback schedule in which he alternated starts and relief appearances. After growing up in southern Florida, he was pitching in the chilly Midwest League climate in the early weeks, so the Brewers took special care of his arm. He also was shut down for a period with a minor elbow issue that he moved past. SCOUTING REPORT: Lazar's fastball tops out in the 88-90 mph range but has good life and rising action, and he learned to use it effectively up in the zone to record strikeouts. He mixed in an effective curveball and changeup with a good feel for pitching and was excellent while playing for his first full-season club. THE FUTURE: With a good frame that can handle more weight, Lazar figures to get stronger as he matures, and the Brewers believe his velocity will tick upward. They like his work ethic and dedication to a solid routine between outings, and his conviction in what he is trying to accomplish on the mound is apparent.
TRACK RECORD: Vargas grew up playing a lot of baseball in Venezuela, including when he represented his country at the COPABE 14U Pan American Championship in Chihuahua, Mexico in 2017. He joined a Venezuelan-heavy international signing class for the Brewers when he signed with them on July 2, 2019. SCOUTING REPORT: In a workout, Vargas doesn't have tools that immediately jump out, but he looks better in games. He makes a lot of contact in games, with a line-drive stroke and gap power. Between his bat control and strike-zone discipline, Vargas has the potential to be a high on-base threat. Vargas isn't that big, but with his broad shoulders, there is strength projection for his power to tick up, but pure hitting ability will probably always be ahead of his power. He isn't as flashy in the field as other shortstops, but Vargas has a chance to stick at the position. He's an average runner with clean hands, good field awareness and a solid-average arm. THE FUTURE: After hitting well in Tricky League and Dominican instructional league games since signing, Vargas will try to carry that early success to his pro debut in 2020 in the Dominican Summer League.
TRACK RECORD: Brendan McKay isn't the only lefthanded two-way player in the minors. Andrews, who stands 5-foot-6, began hitting and playing center field on the days he wasn't pitching at Long Beach State. Drafted as a pitcher by the Brewers in the 17th round in 2018, he reached Double-A in his first full season and began playing both ways in the Arizona Fall League at the end of the year. SCOUTING REPORT: On the mound, Andrews is a rarity who can offer four pitches out of the bullpen. None of his pitches is overwhelming, however, which limits his ceiling. He brings his fastball at 89-93 mph and complements with a sinking changeup that grades as fringe-average. He throws a sweepy slider as well and also has a more powerful but seldom-thrown curveball in the low 80s. He also offers deception from a crossfire delivery. He showed little power at the plate but a strong eye for the strike zone, albeit in a sample size of just 63 at-bats across two levels. THE FUTURE: It remains to be seen where Andrews' future lies and if his two-way versatility will get him to the big leagues and overcome his size disadvantage. It seems his quickest path will be on the mound.
TRACK RECORD: Bello is part of a run of Hawaiians the Brewers have drafted in recent years, including since-traded pitchers Kodi Medeiros and Jordan Yamamoto. Bello was the best player available from Hawaii in his draft year, and the Brewers spent $550,000 to sign him from a commitment to St. Mary's. SCOUTING REPORT: Evaluators who like Bello see a player with a combination of power and speed that will allow him to tally double-digits in home runs and stolen bases once he reaches the big leagues. Those who aren't as optimistic see a player without a standout tool. He can hit balls hard from time to time, but he has below-average bat speed and a below-average feel to hit. He has at least above-average speed that shows up underway and on defense more than it does from home to first base. Bello has a plus arm in the outfield that would serve him well in right field. He's not a particularly projectable player. THE FUTURE: Bello's tool set gives him a future as a fourth outfielder.
TRACK RECORD: Holt was Texas Tech's leadoff hitter from the day he walked onto campus. Finding a defensive fit was a tougher task. He began his career at second base, then moved to right field late in his freshman season. He played in the outfield as a sophomore with the Red Raiders, but moved back to second base in pro ball. As a draft-eligible sophomore Holt signed for a well-above slot $400,000. SCOUTING REPORT: Holt's best asset is his plus-plus speed. He forces infielders to stay on their toes–one bobble and he can turn a groundout into a single or an error. Holt sprays the ball around the field thanks to quick hands and a very simple swing with a very modest load. He is unlikely to ever hit for much power, but he can yank the ball enough to get to five-to-eight home runs with the livelier MLB ball. Holt's hands are hard and his actions need to speed up if he's going to stick at second base. He was also below-average in right field thanks to poor routes and reads. His speed might fit better one day in center because the reads are easier. His above-average arm will fit anywhere. THE FUTURE: Holt's ability to be a table setter and to steal bases gives him a shot at being an MLB regular or useful reserve, but he has a lot of work to do to refine his glove.
TRACK RECORD: The Brewers paid $1.1 million to sign Fernandez in 2018. At the time, he showed a chance to be a power-speed threat, albeit with a lot of risk in his hitting, which showed up in his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League. His 11 home runs were tied for the most in the DSL. SCOUTING REPORT: Fernandez's tools are loud but his bat is raw. He's an athletic player with a wellproportioned build and plus raw power. He can hit balls out to straightaway center field and was able to tap into that power in games. He lacks natural feel for hitting, with a 33 percent strikeout rate that's a significant red flag in the DSL. Fernandez has power and speed as a plus runner with a good gait who could be a stolen base threat and projects to stay in center field. He's still improving his reads and routes in the outfield, but he has the speed and strong arm that should play in the middle of the field. THE FUTURE: Fernandez's tools and athleticism are exciting, but he needs to make a lot of adjustments at the plate to make it work at higher levels. The Rookie-level Arizona League is up next in 2020.
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