The Milwaukee Brewers farm system is not exactly stacked. In fact, Keith Law just ranked them dead last in baseball, and I can’t say I blame him. There is a clear gap in the system, the players close to big league ready will likely be mostly role players, while the players that could be impact guys, are all in the low minors and still need seasoning. One player I really struggled with is Wei-Chung Wang. He was selected in the Rule 5 draft despite having pitched just over 47 professional innings, all in the Gulf Coast League. Wang is really a low minor’s arm with some decent upside, but due to a technicality, he was available in the Rule 5. I decided not to include him in my prospect list as I am not convinced the Brewers will be able to keep him through the season.
Triple A: Nashville Sounds (Pacific Coast League)
Double-A: Huntsville Stars (Southern League)
High-A: Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League)
Low-A: Wisconsin Timber Ratlers (Midwest League)
Advanced Rookie: Helena Brewers (Pioneer League)
Complex-Rookie: AZL Brewers (Arizona League), DSL Brewers (Dominican Summer League)
Tucker Neuhaus – 3B
Date of Birth: June 18, 1995
Height/Weight: 6’3″/190 lbs.
Acquired: 2013, 2nd round
Analysis: The high school shortstop does not have the athleticism to stick up the middle and will likely end up at third. He has a solid arm, and decent hands. His swing is smooth and looks good, but that did not translate to success in complex ball in 2013. He clearly very raw, and his bat could turn into 15 or so home runs and an average around .270, but that is still a long way away.
2014 Prognosis: Neuhaus will likely get to play full-season ball in the Pioneer league this season.
Ariel Pena – RHP
Date of Birth: May 20, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’3″/240 lbs.
Acquired: 2012, trade with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Analysis: You can watch an entire game of Pena’s and never see the same delivery twice. His lead arm often flails and never ends up in the same spot or position, so it is no surprise his control is less than desirable. That said, he does have a strong fastball, big curve, and decent slider and splitter. The vast majority of his appearances have been as a starter, and he has the body for it, but if he is to do anything at the big league level, it would probably be as a middle reliever.
2014 Prognosis: He should get his first taste of Triple-A this season with a small chance of getting a cup of coffee or two in the bigs.
Clint Coulter – C
Date of Birth: July 30, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’3″/210 lbs.
Acquired: 2012, 1st round (27th overall)
Analysis: Coulter has raw power and a cannon arm behind the dish. He struggles to get low in his stance defensively due to his size, and his footwork is slow, but he makes up for it some with that arm. He has yet to put up much of an average outside of complex ball, and he doesn’t project to ever be an average guy. If he can reduce the stiffness defensively, and make enough contact for his power to take form, he could be a decent catcher someday, but he needs time and work.
2014 Prognosis: He should head out to the Midwest League and stick there most the year. He needs to turn the raw power in to some long balls in game action to justify the first round pick the Brewers spent on him just two years ago.
Yadiel Rivera – SS
Date of Birth: May 2, 1992
Height/Weight: 6’2″/180 lbs.
Acquired: 2010, 9th round
Analysis: Rivera can really pick it at short, but his bat remains an issue. He has solid range, a good arm, and soft hands up the middle. His long and thin body could add some weight, and his long swing could turn into some power in time, but he struggles to get his bat on the ball. He strikes out too much and walks too rarely to project much more than a defensive option/utility guy at the big league level.
2014 Prognosis: He should make the jump to Double-A this season, and if he can add some power to his game, he might become an interesting option as a potential September call-up.
Nick Delmonico – 3B
Date of Birth: July 12, 1992
Height/Weight: 6’2″/200 lbs.
Acquired: 2013, trade with Baltimore Orioles
Analysis: Delmonico became a household name for about 10 minutes last season when he was traded to the Brewers for Francisco Rodriguez. After joining the Brewers organization, he simply lost the ability to hit, putting up just a .194 average in 21 games at High-A for the Manatees. He has flashed some decent power at times, but that is his only real tool. His defense and arm are both about average and he is slow on the bases. He does have a good eye at the plate, so he should be able to put up a decent OBP at just about any level.
2014 Prognosis: He could make the jump to Double-A this year, but he has to hit. He gets overrated because of the name of the player he was traded for, but he should be able to put up decent numbers in the high minors this year.