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BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 40. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50. Track Record: The Brewers did not expect Turang to still be available when the 21st pick came around in the 2018 draft. There had been talk of him going much higher, even No. 1 overall at one point, but his performance as a high school senior slipped a bit and 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. The 30 steals ranked second in the Brewers’ system behind only outfielder Reidy Mercado. 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 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.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. 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 shear 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50. 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 more than expected at San Antonio, he’ll be sent back there to get squared away.
BA Grade: 45. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50. 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 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 60. 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 makes 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 70. Changeup: 50. Control: 45. 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 45. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60. 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.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 45. 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 the rotation. He will open 2020 at a Class A level.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Run: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. 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.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 55. 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 above-average 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 post-surgery 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.
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