BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

Milwaukee Brewers

Prospects Overview

Top 30 Prospects

Click prospect for player report

Prospect Lists

Best Tools

Top Prospects of the Decade
(Listed with 2022 organization)

Top Draft Picks of the Decade
(Listed with 2022 organization)

Player Reports

  1. 1. Jackson Chourio | OF
    Jackson Chourio
    Born: Mar 11, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Fernando Veracierto/Luis Perez.
    Minors: .288/.342/.538 | 20 HR | 16 SB | 400 AB

    BA Grade: 70/Very High

    August Update: Chourio's stock continues to skyrocket. The same age as the 2022 high school draft picks, Chourio received a promotion to High-A Wisconsin at the end of July and hasn't slowed down. He's one of the game's elite prospects, with a chance to become the No. 1 overall prospect in the game before he reaches the big leagues, which if he stays healthy could come by the time he's still 20.

    Midseason Update: Chourio's stock continues to skyrocket as the 18-year-old consistently impresses evaluators with his athleticism, tools, ability to play a premium position and high-level performance in Low-A as an 18-year-old. While teams around the league have taken notice of Chourio's ability and are starting to pitch him backwards more often, Chourio has adjusted accordingly. The upside is there to be a top 10 overall prospect in baseball, with an exciting mix of potential plus power, plus-plus speed and plus defense in the middle of the field.

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

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

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

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 70. Field: 60. Arm: 50.

  2. 2. Sal Frelick | OF
    Sal Frelick
    Born: Apr 19, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Ty Blankmeyer.
    Minors: .329/.401/.476 | 11 HR | 24 SB | 489 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Medium

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

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

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

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

  3. 3. 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: .286/.361/.407 | 12 HR | 34 SB | 528 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

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

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

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

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

  4. 4. 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: .256/.336/.467 | 21 HR | 31 SB | 480 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Wiemer continues to exceed many expectations even the most bullish evaluators had on him coming out of Cincinnati in 2020 as a fourth-round pick. He's physical, athletic, runs well and has plus-plus raw power with elite arm strength, standing out immediately for his size, tools and all-out, high-energy style. He has continued to perform well in Double-A this year, though with that power has come a 30% strikeout rate that eats away at his on-base percentage. Those highest on Wiemer believe it's a matter of toning down some of the ferocity of his swing in certain situations to be able to adjust to offspeed stuff rather than a glaring hole in his stroke, but he will have to become more selective to fully tap into his considerable power.

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

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

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

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

  5. 5. Esteury Ruiz | OF
    Esteury Ruiz
    Born: Feb 15, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 169
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Edys De Oleo (Royals).
    Minors: .332/.447/.526 | 16 HR | 85 SB | 437 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: The Brewers acquired Ruiz this year on Aug. 1 in the deal that sent reliever Josh Hader to the Padres.

    Track Record: Ruiz signed with the Royals for $100,000 and broke out when he won the 2017 Arizona League MVP award. The Padres acquired him in the middle of that season in the trade that sent Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer to Kansas City. Ruiz struggled with strikeouts and moved from second base to the outfield over three difficult seasons following the trade, but he re-emerged as a prospect at Double-A San Antonio in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Ruiz is a sleek, athletic player with plenty of tools. He has surprising plus raw power for his frame and possesses elite instincts that make him a prolific basestealer despite average speed. Ruiz's power-speed combination is enticing, but he long struggled to make contact with a long, uphill swing and poor strike-zone discipline. He overhauled his approach in 2022 and improved his pitch selection, cut down his chases and increased the number of pitches he was seeing, resulting in a rebound campaign. Ruiz is still learning to play center field after his hard hands made him unplayable in the infield. His reads and jumps are only fair but could improve with more experience. His arm is below-average.

    The Future: Ruiz's improved approach has made him an unexpected callup option. If his improvements hold, he may hit enough to play every day.

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

  6. 6. Tyler Black | 2B
    Tyler Black
    Born: Jul 26, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Pete Vuckovich Jr.
    Minors: .281/.406/.424 | 4 HR | 13 SB | 231 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

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

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

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

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

  7. 7. Eric Brown | SS
    Eric Brown
    Born: Dec 19, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .268/.385/.454 | 3 HR | 19 SB | 97 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Brown hit .282/.375/.476 with five home runs during a big summer in the Cape Cod League in 2021. He followed that by hitting .330/.460/.544 with more walks (39) than strikeouts (28) in 57 games for Coastal Carolina in 2022, then signed with the Brewers for $2.05 million as their first-round pick at No. 27 overall. There's no plus tool with Brown, but he has been a consistent, steady offensive performer with good plate discipline. His swing is unconventional, with his hands starting above his head and away from his body and a long, deliberate leg kick to get his swing started. Despite the moving parts, he has shown good timing to make frequent contact with a chance for average power if he can drive the ball in the air more often. Brown has a chance to stick at shortstop, with a bag of 50-55 tools on the defensive side, including his speed and arm strength.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Run: 55. Field: 50. Arm: 50.

  8. 8. 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: .287/.377/.426 | 5 HR | 17 SB | 251 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Mitchell's tools and athleticism stack up with the best in the organization, with his defense still drawing plenty of praise, but he also is a player who likely needs to make a swing adjustment and hasn't had much time on the field to do so. He's just coming back now from an oblique injury that kept him off the field since May 13. Given that Mitchell played just 64 games last year and missed another big chunk of the 2022 season, he's a strong candidate to play winter ball somewhere after the season to get more reps.

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

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

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

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

  9. 9. Jacob Misiorowski | RHP
    Jacob Misiorowski
    Born: Apr 3, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 0-0 | 5.40 ERA | 3 SO | 7 BB | 2 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

    August Update: The Brewers drafted lefthander Aaron Ashby out of Crowder (Mo.) JC with their fourth-round pick in 2018 before he developed into their No. 1 prospect after the 2021 season. Misiorowski is from the same program, though with far more electricity to his stuff than Ashby had coming out of the draft. The Brewers drafted him with their second-round pick in 2022 and signed him for $2.35 million, their biggest bonus of the 2022 draft to edge out Milwaukee's first-round pick, shortstop Eric Brown ($2.05 million). At 6-foot-7, 190 pounds, Misiorowski is a lean, lanky 20-year-old pitcher with more physical projection, though there isn't much need to project for a pitcher who is already sitting in the mid-90s and touching 101 mph. Beyond just pure velocity, Misiorowski's fastball plays up because of his extension and his fastball's spin and carry up in the zone, which allows him to miss lots of bats when he elevates. He hard slider is generally in the mid-80s but can crank up to the low-90s, flashing plus with good tilt when it's on. Misiorowski has primarily a two-pitch attack and struggled with his control at Crowder, walking 45 in 76 innings for 5.3 BB/9. That adds considerable reliever risk to his profile, but if he does end up in the bullpen, the stuff is there for him to develop into a high-leverage innings arm.

    August Update: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Control: 40.

  10. 10. 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: .286/.342/.439 | 10 HR | 10 SB | 367 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Very High

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

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

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

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

  11. 11. Robert Gasser | LHP
    Robert Gasser
    Born: May 31, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Kevin Ham.
    Minors: 7-11 | 3.75 ERA | 166 SO | 52 BB | 132 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Gasser was in the midst of his first full season in pro ball with the Padres, posting a 4.18 ERA in 90.1 innings with 115 strikeouts and 28 walks at High-A Fort Wayne when the Brewers acquired him on Aug. 2, 2022 trade that sent Josh Hader to San Diego.

    Track Record: A lefty with an 88-91 mph fastball in Houston's bullpen in 2020, Gasser hit the weights hard during the coronavirus shutdown and returned in 2021 throwing harder to emerge as the Cougars' staff ace. He logged a 2.63 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 85.2 innings to transform himself from a draft afterthought into a fast-riser, and the Padres drafted him 71st overall and signed him for $884,200. Gasser quickly moved to Low-A Lake Elsinore after signing and hit the ground running with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings pitched.

    Scouting Report: Gasser's weight room gains improved his entire arsenal. His fastball now sits 90-93 mph with late run and can bump up to 95 when needed. His newly-sharpened slider is now an above-average pitch he can bury for swings and misses and he spots his average changeup well to give him a third quality offering. He is also developing a curveball, but it's more of a show-me pitch at this point. Gasser's best attribute is his plus control. He's able to spot his four-seam fastball up in the zone and can put his secondary pitches where he needs to get swings and misses. His stuff further plays up with a pause in his delivery he devised to throw off hitters' timing.

    The Future: Without overwhelming velocity or an imposing stature, Gasser could be a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. Because he's a polished lefty with pitchability, he's also a fair bet to reach that ceiling. He is set to open the 2022 season at High-A Fort Wayne and could pitch his way to Double-A San Antonio.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Slider: 55. Curveball: 30. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  12. 12. Robert Moore | 2B
    Robert Moore
    Born: Mar 31, 2002
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .248/.343/.392 | 3 HR | 7 SB | 125 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    August Update: Moore was a prominent prospect in the 2020 high school class who opted to graduate early and enroll early at Arkansas that season and made an immediate impact, albeit in a year shortened by Covid. After hitting .283/.384/.558 with 16 home runs in 61 games as a sophomore in 2021, Moore looked like a potential first-round pick in 2022. Instead, Moore's stock dropped as he hit .232/.374/.427 his junior year, but the Brewers made him a supplemental second-round pick and signed him for $800,000. Despite a down year, there's still reason to believe Moore will bounce back, as he's young for the class at 20 and his struggles weren't because of excessive swing and miss, with nearly as many walks (42) as strikeouts (46) in 300 plate appearances for a 15% K-rate. At 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Moore has a smaller frame and a smaller strike zone that he generally stays within. When he does swing, he swings aggressively but is able to make frequent contact, so the components are there for Moore to develop into a high on-base threat. Moore showed surprising power for his size in college, though with wood bats he projects to be a 10-15 home run hitter. An above-average runner, Moore earns high marks for his defensive skill set at second base, where he's an instinctive fielder with a quick first soft, soft hands and is smooth on double play turns. His high baseball IQ is no surprise either as the son of Royals president Dayton Moore.

  13. 13. Luis Lara | OF
    Luis Lara
    Born: Nov 17, 2004
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 155

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Midseason Update: Lara ranked as the Brewers' No. 17 prospect in May prior to making his pro debut. Now that he's playing, he's backing up the exciting reports from scouts with strong performance in the Dominican Summer League. Lara is small but explosive with a sweet swing, good bat-to-ball skills and impressive defense in center field.

    Track Record: Early in the scouting process in Venezuela, Lara was a slender 5-foot-6 outfielder who wasn' t getting much attention. He' s still on the smaller side at 5-foot-9, but he has developed into an exciting, high-energy player with a promising mix of athleticism, tools and game skills, joining the Brewers as one of their top international signings for the 2021-22 signing period when it opened on Jan. 15, 2022.

    Scouting Report: Lara is a premium, quick-twitch athlete and a true switch-hitter with good bat speed from both sides of the plate. His swing is short and quick with good rhythm and a knack for being on time, leading to a high contact rate in games. At Lara' s size, some scouts question is ultimate power upside, though others say he puts a surprising charge into the ball for his size and think he has a chance to be a 20-plus home run threat. His best tool is his plus-plus speed, with a good gait to sprint around center field with good range and closing speed, along with a solid-average arm.

    The Future: Lara was not heavily scouted in Venezuela, but the Brewers have been as aggressive as any team in that country in recent years. Lara is another arrow-up player who joins an impressive collection of Venezuelan prospects in the lower levels of the system.

  14. 14. 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: 7-6 | 4.50 ERA | 113 SO | 58 BB | 102 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

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

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

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

  15. 15. Felix Valerio | 2B
    Felix Valerio
    Born: Dec 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'7" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Anderson Taveras/Gerardo Cabrera (Mets)
    Minors: .228/.312/.357 | 12 HR | 30 SB | 417 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: The Mets paid $10,000 to sign Valerio out of the Dominican Republic before the 2018 season. He was just 5-foot-7 without any great tools but had good instincts for the game, and he got off to a good start by hitting .319/.409/.433 in his debut in the Dominican Summer League that year. In January 2019, the Mets traded him to the Brewers in a deal for outfielder Keon Broxton.

    Scouting Report: Valerio's best asset is plate discipline. His stature gives him a smaller strike zone that he has to cover, and he does a good job of not chasing much off the plate. He drew nearly as many walks (69) as strikeouts (71) in 2021, making frequent contact when he does swing with a 14% strikeout rate. Valerio was mostly a spray hitter early in his career, and while his power is still below-average, he added a little more loft to his swing and surprised with 11 home runs. An average runner, Valerio has played all around the infield, but he is a below-average defender with a below-average arm that fits best at second.

    The Future: Valerio doesn't quite project as an everyday player yet, but his contact skills and plate discipline could offer sneaky value if he continues to hit at the upper levels.

  16. 16. 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: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 4 SO | 4 BB | 3 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: The Brewers signed Uribe out of the Dominican Republic for $85,000 in 2018, when he was an 18-year-old with a low-90s fastball. The next year, Uribe's fastball reached the mid 90s, and by the time he got to instructional league in 2020, he touched 101 mph. Uribe made his full-season debut in 2021 as a 21-year-old in Low-A Wisconsin, where he lit up radar guns with erratic control. That continued after the season in the Arizona Fall League, where he walked 17 in nine innings.

    Scouting Report: Uribe is one of the hardest throwers on the planet. He tops out at 103 mph, sitting in the mid-to-upper 90s and regularly cracking triple digits. Some scouts thought his fastball was more hittable than the pure velocity would suggest, but Uribe has shown feel for a slider that could be an average pitch and he posted a 35% strikeout rate in Carolina. He has a changeup but rarely throws it. Uribe profiles best as a reliever, and to stick around in that role he will need to make massive improvements with his control. His feel for pitching is still raw and he has trouble syncing up his delivery, leading him to throw 14 wild pitches and issue 6.7 walks per nine innings in 2021.

    The Future: Uribe's arm strength gives him a chance to develop into a power reliever, but he will have to tame his wildness to realize that potential.

  17. 17. Hendry Mendez | OF
    Hendry Mendez
    Born: Nov 7, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Signed By: Gary Peralta
    Minors: .244/.357/.318 | 5 HR | 7 SB | 377 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: During the tryout process in the Dominican Republic, Mendez was a 5-foot-11 lefty with uneven hitting performance who projected as a corner outfielder. By the time the Brewers signed him for $800,000 on Jan. 15, 2021, his stock had climbed significantly, as he had grown to 6-foot-3, 180 pounds and showed impressive contact skills. That carried over into his pro debut, as Mendez hit well in both the Dominican Summer League and the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League as a 17-year-old in 2021, striking out in just 9% of his plate appearances.

    Scouting Report: Mendez is a student of the game with a mature plan at the plate for his age, staying disciplined within the strike zone to draw more walks than strikeouts. Mendez has some unconventional components to his swing, which results in a lot of balls on the ground. Driving the ball in the air more will be important as he moves up, but he already hits the ball hard now with the bat speed and physical projection to grow into plus raw power. Mendez's offensive game will carry him, as he spent time in center field and right field in 2021 but projects as a corner outfielder long term. He's an average runner who likely slows down and has an average arm.

    The Future: Mendez is polished enough to see Low-A Carolina as an 18-year-old at some point in 2022.

  18. 18. 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: .216/.272/.393 | 15 HR | 9 SB | 407 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Midseason Update: When Perez signed in 2019, he looked like a potential power/speed threat. Since then, his speed has backed up, limiting him to an outfield corner, but his swing remains sound and his raw power allows him to hit the ball as far as nearly any hitter in the organization. Where Perez needs to make the most improvement is in his ability to recognize offspeed pitches and become a more selective hitter, as he can get into free-swinging mode and is striking out in one third of his trips to the plate without many walks. The power is there for Perez to handle himself in an outfield corner, but his plate discipline and pitch recognition will be the key for his future.

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

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

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

  19. 19. 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: .259/.300/.407 | 15 HR | 15 SB | 452 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Garcia signed with the Brewers for $1.1 million on his 16th birthday in 2018. A broken ankle limited him to just 10 games in 2019, then the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the 2020 season, so Garcia had yet to play much heading into the 2021 season. He spent most of 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League before a September bump to Low-A Carolina.

    Scouting Report: Garcia stands out most on the defensive side. He moves around well at shortstop, where he has soft hands, good footwork and a plus arm. He's a fringe-average runner with good instincts and body control, giving him a chance to be an above-average defender. Garcia shows the power potential to be a 15-20 home run hitter and did make some strides with his early-count swing decisions in 2021, but he still struck out in 29% of his plate appearances and has to do a better job managing his at-bats.

    The Future: Garcia's first full season in 2022—likely starting in Wisconsin—should offer a more revealing look at his future and whether he can do enough at the plate to develop into an everyday regular.

  20. 20. Logan Henderson | RHP
    Logan Henderson
    Born: Mar 2, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 194
    Signed By: K.J. Hendricks.
    Minors: 0-1 | 3.95 ERA | 23 SO | 6 BB | 14 IP

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Midseason Update: Henderson is coming back from elbow surgery and is on a throwing program in Arizona, with a return expected for August.

    Track Record: There was little debate over who the best pitcher in junior college baseball was in 2021. After a modest start, Henderson dominated all comers over the final two months of the season to earn pitcher of the year honors. He threw a seven-inning perfect game and led NJCAA Division I with 166 strikeouts. In the Junior College World Series, he made two starts, allowing one run while striking out 31 in just 16 innings.

    Scouting Report: Henderson is a shorter righthander with a high-spin low-90s fastball that plays above average thanks to its hop and the lower approach angles that help get on top of hitters' bats at the top of the zone. His changeup is an above-average pitch with solid deception. His slider is not as developed yet, but it will flash average. Henderson has above-average control of all three pitches. It's that advanced control for his age and his remaining projectability that give him a shot to develop into a reliable mid-rotation starter.

    The Future: Henderson will play the entire 2022 season as a 20-year-old, so he's significantly younger than most college draftees. He should head to Low-A Carolina to begin his pro career. There's reason to believe the best is yet to come as he should get stronger and throw harder as he matures.

  21. 21. Daniel Guilarte | SS
    Daniel Guilarte
    Born: Oct 29, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Trino Aguilar
    Minors: .306/.403/.371 | 0 HR | 8 SB | 124 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Between Jackson Chourio, Gregory Barrios and Guilarte, the Brewers signed three Venezuelan prospects for seven-figure deals after the 2020-21 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2021. Guilarte signed for $1 million, though he didn't play in 2021 due to a left shoulder injury.

    Scouting Report: Guilarte is built like Eduardo Garcia was when they signed him out of Venezuela, a wiry shortstop but with better tools at the same stage. He got faster leading up to his signing date, to where he's now a plus runner with a plus arm, with the defensive actions that give him a good chance to stick at shortstop. The lost 2021 season creates more uncertainty with projecting Guilarte's offensive game, though as an amateur he showed a solid idea of the strike zone and contact skills. Guilarte has good bat speed and the strength projection to grow into more pop, but his power is mostly to the alleys right now and his swing is geared more for low line drives rather than loft.

    The Future: Losing the 2021 season hampers Guilarte's development, but he's with the tools and ability to play a premium position still intact.

  22. 22. Russell Smith | LHP
    Russell Smith
    Born: Sep 10, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'9" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: K.J. Hendricks.
    Minors: 2-5 | 4.87 ERA | 62 SO | 27 BB | 69 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Smith was a 38th-round pick of the Cubs coming out of high school as a projectable 6-foot-9 pitcher with issues syncing up his delivery. His time at Texas Christian cleared those problems up. Smith stepped right into Texas Christian's rotation as a freshman, missed the 2019 season because of Tommy John surgery, but once again impressed in the rotation in 2020 and 2021, going 7-3, 3.83 as a redshirt junior.

    Scouting Report: It's hard to think of much better fits than giving the Brewers a crafty, unconventional pitcher with plus command of his fastball and changeup. Smith's plus changeup is something he's able to consistently keep down and away from righthanded hitters. He also does a good job spotting his average 90-94 mph fastball. If the Brewers can help him improve his fringe-average slider and/or help him find a little more arm speed (which could improve his slider on its own), he could go from being a useful multi-inning reliever/back-of-the rotation starter to a fast-moving mid-rotation starter.

    The Future: The Brewers were very cautious about not overtaxing college pitchers who threw full seasons. Smith has yet to make his pro debut, but he could jump straight to High-A Wisconsin in 2022.

  23. 23. Matthew Wood | C
    Matthew Wood
    Born: Mar 2, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .200/.200/.200 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 5 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    August Update: Wood had an outstanding 2022 season for Penn State, ranking second in the Big Ten with a 1.147 OPS while hitting .379/.480/.667 with 12 home runs and more walks (36) than strikeouts (26). The Brewers drafted him in the fourth round and signed him for $347,500. Wood has good plate discipline and bat control with his ability to square up both fastballs and breaking stuff. His offensive skill set leans on his on-base skills, though he has the potential to be a 15-20 home run hitter. Wood threw out just 13% of basestealers his final season at Penn State, but his throwing mechanics are good and he gets rid of the ball quickly. That helps his average arm play up and produces pop times generally around 2.0 seconds and sometimes into the low 1.9s, though he does have a tendency to rush his throws and will need to improve his accuracy.

  24. 24. Johan Barrios | SS
    Johan Barrios
    Born: Jan 8, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Barrios was one of the top shortstops in the 2021-22 international signing class out of Venezuela, a country the Brewers have been aggressive in over the last few years. Barrios (no relation to fellow Brewers Venezuelan shortstop Gregory Barrios) joined the Brewers once the signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022.

    Scouting Report: Once a long, lean shortstop, Barrios has started to fill out and is developing impressive power for 17. Barrios' easy power stands out, but it' s more than just batting practice shows, as he generally performed well in games as an amateur player, with a chance to grow into plus raw power. Barrios has also improved his speed, running plus underway, though as he matures physically, that might back up. His plus arm fits at shortstop, and while he has a chance to stick there, he might outgrow the position and end up at third base.

    The Future: Compared to Gregory Barrios and Daniel Guilarte, Milwaukee' s two big shortstops from Venezuela in the previous class, Barrios has more power, though the other two have a higher probability to stick at shortstop. His first official games will likely come in the Dominican Summer League.

  25. 25. 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: .209/.270/.286 | 1 HR | 4 SB | 91 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: Zamora has not played since May 11 due to a dislocated left shoulder. It's his non-throwing shoulder, but he had surgery and likely won't return during the regular season.

    Track Record: Zamora didn't play his junior year at Miami in 2020 after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a preseason practice, but the Brewers still drafted him in the second round. Zamora's pro debut in 2021 got off to a slow start. He batted .245/.360/.283 in 28 games by the end of June, but from then on he hit .324/.424/.481 in his final 64 games.

    Scouting Report: Zamora has the tools to stick at shortstop. He's an above-average runner with quick footwork who moves well laterally and has soft hands, along with a solid-average arm. He was error-prone in college and showed that at times on routine plays in pro ball, though some of that could have been getting back to game speed from his lost 2020 season. At the plate, Zamora controls the strike zone and makes frequent contact, albeit without much impact.

    The Future: There's a path for Zamora to develop into a steady shortstop who hits toward the bottom of a lineup if he can produce more damage on contact. He likely opens 2022 with High-A Wisconsin.

  26. 26. Mario Feliciano | C
    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: .278/.330/.391 | 6 HR | 2 SB | 281 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Feliciano made his major league debut in 2021, drawing an 11th-inning walk and coming around to score the winning run in a May 1 victory over the Dodgers. That was Feliciano's only big league plate appearance and little else went right for him during the year. A right shoulder impingement limited his playing time, and when he did get on the field at Triple-A Nashville, he struggled.

    Scouting Report: While his numbers dropped in 2021, Feliciano has generally been an offensive-minded catcher when healthy. He has above-average raw power that he generates from a loose swing with some length to it, but his proclivity to expand the strike zone eats away at his productivity and leads to too many empty swings. Behind the plate, Felciiano is agile and athletic and shows a solid-average arm when healthy. That often wasn't the case in 2021, though, and his slower transfer led him to throw out just 19% of basestealers.

    The Future: It's possible that injuries simply masked Feliciano's true ability last year, but the 2022 season will be critical for Feliciano to rebound on both sides of the ball. He should start 2022 back in Triple-A.

  27. 27. Carlos Rodriguez | RHP
    Carlos Rodriguez
    Born: Nov 27, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Signed By: Mike Burns
    Minors: 6-5 | 3.01 ERA | 129 SO | 40 BB | 108 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: A sixth-round pick in 2021, Rodriguez has stood out for his performance in a system lacking that's lighter on pitching. He pitches in the low-90s but can run it up to the mid-90s, with an above-average changeup that keeps hitters off balance and is his best secondary pitch. He throws a slider that's still a fringy pitch that he will need to develop. Rodriguez is a solid strike-thrower who should continue to develop as a starter, though some scouts think he could end up in a relief role long term.

  28. 28. Victor Castaneda | RHP
    Victor Castaneda
    Born: Aug 27, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Minors: 6-6 | 4.10 ERA | 118 SO | 52 BB | 121 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: The Mexican native was signed by the Brewers during the summer of 2017 as a precocious 18-year-old coming off nine appearances for Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League. Castaneda skipped complex ball and was assigned directly to the Brewers Rookie-level affiliate Helena, where the righty made 14 appearances. He spent 2019 alternating between a starting role and the bullpen, working as Wisconsin's closer for a stretch of the season. Fast forward to 2021, and Castaneda is now focused on developing as a starting pitcher. Between High-A and Triple-A, Castaneda made 22 starts to middling results, and ultimately was left off of the 40-man roster this winter.

    Scouting Report: Castaneda has a unique four-pitch mix, led by the unusual combination of both a changeup and a splitter. He throws each in any count to any handedness, selling them with good arm speed. His four-seam fastball sits 90-93 mph with moderate hop and arm-side run. It's an effective pitch in right-on-right matchups, but it's easily identified by lefthanders and subsequently hit. He works from a semi-windup, with a long arm stroke that dips back before delivering from a high three-quarters slot. This plays up the deception on his fastball versus righthanders, and allows him to sell his changeup and splitter off of his four-seam. He features a sweepy high-70s slider versus righthanders, but runs into too many barrels versus lefties for it to be an effective pitch in off-handed matchups. Castaneda's changeup and splitter are major league pitches now, but the right-on-right split-heavy nature of his four-seam and slider pairing leaves him stuck between a true identity as a starter or reliever. He's most likely destined for a multi-inning relief role with the ability to challenge lefthanded hitters with a variety of offspeed options.

    The Future: A shorter righthander with some history as a reliever early in his professional career, Castaneda has work to do to shake the future reliever label. He'll likely head to Double-A to begin 2022, where he should continue to develop as a starter.

  29. 29. Jadher Areinamo | SS/2B
    Jadher Areinamo
    Born: Nov 28, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160
    Minors: .288/.368/.376 | 1 HR | 6 SB | 250 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    August Update: At 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Areinamo won't stick out immediately for his size or big tools, but he's an instinctive player who has consistently shown a knack for making contact since his amateur days. Signed out of Venezuela for $150,000 in Jan. 2021, Areinamo had a solid debut in the Dominican Summer League that season but has taken another step forward in 2022, batting .323/.416/.472 in 34 games in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League before a promotion to Low-A Carolina in August. Areinamo's power and speed are below-average, but he has good bat-to-ball skills from the right side of the plate and does a good job of controlling the strike zone. His high baseball IQ is evident in the field as well, with a chance to develop into an average or better defender at second base.

  30. 30. Luis Castillo | OF
    Luis Castillo
    Born: Oct 11, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .275/.364/.427 | 6 HR | 5 SB | 218 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    August Update: Signed for $62,500 out of the Dominican Republic when the 2020-21 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2021, Castillo had a modest pro debut that year in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .252/.327/.302 in 43 games. He has been a pleasant surprise in 2022, hitting .297/.387/.483 with three home runs, 17 walks and 28 strikeouts in 33 games as an 18-year-old in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League before the Brewers promoted him to Low-A Carolina in August. Castillo has a strong, compact frame and makes hard contact with a chance for at average or better power. His offensive game is what will drive his value, as he's a below-average runner limited to an outfield corner.

View Players 11-30

Are you a member?

In order to access this exclusive content you must have a Baseball America Account. 

Login or sign up  


Additionally, you can subscribe to Baseball America's newsletter and receive all of our rankings, analysis, prospect insight & more delivered to your inbox every day. Click here to get started. 

of Free Stories Remaining