I'm really psyched about our farm system, we have 7 arms that I could see being top of the rotation guys. We have a bunch of good projectable middle of the order bats at the lower levels and some guys who could contribute at the bigs soon (Davis, Morris, Gennett, Segura).
I love seeing Khris Davis getting some respect finally, I hope he gets a September call up and some PT.
Who do you guys see getting a September call up, I would go with Peralta, Thornburg, Farris or Bianchi, and Davis or Schafer.
Green will be back up
Bianchi will be back up
Thronburg should be back
Schafer is a good possibility with Morgan likely on his way out and Hart permanently at first
Davis and anyone else not on the 40 man is going to be tough. It's a pretty packed roster.
Eric Arnett has reconstructive knee surgery
By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 7, 2013
Right-hander Eric Arnett, the Brewers' first-round draft pick in 2009, had reconstructive surgery Thursday on his right knee and will be out 5-6 months, covering most if not all of this season.
If you recall from our report earlier in the week, Arnett injured his knee during an offseason workout and the preliminary diagnosis was a torn ACL. That was confirmed by Brewers physician William Raasch, who performed the surgery on Arnett.
Arnett, 25, was converted from starting to relief last season after struggling in that role since being drafted. He actually appeared to be turning the corner with a decent year at low Class A Brevard County, going 1-0 with a 3.56 ERA in 33 games and holding right-handed hitters to a .227 average.
So, this is a significant setback, basically costing Arnett a year of his career. Whether he ever comes close to realizing the potential he displayed upon being drafted out of Indiana University is very doubtful at this stage.
Those three SP have had nice seasons so far. Don't like the BB/K ratio by Hellweg but RHH are hitting under .200 vs him this season and his GB ratio is insane. Nelson looks nice and Pena has a 9+ k/9 and has been on a tear the last month or so.
I was bored tonight so here is my new updated top 20 prospects in the organization. Im sure I may have missed someone.
1. Jimmy Nelson With no clear cut number one I'm going to go with Nelson based on size, stuff, and his consistency over the past three years.
2. Taylor Jungmann He has pitched very well this year and seems to be reaching some of his potential, even though he hasn't been dominant.
3. Tyler Thornberg He has shown glimses but has been off and on this year, still has the potential to be a 3 starter. I'm still counting him as a prospect because he hasn't had a long term look as a starter.
4. Johnny Hellweg His recent problems in the bigs are a problem but at 6'9" if hecan figure things out he has the most upside in the system.
5. Jed Bradley Still hasn't had great success, but he has intangibles (big, lefty, 4 good pitches) that make him a good prospect
6. Tyrone Taylor This may be a surprise at this spot, but he has torn up A ball over the past 2 months at 18. He's shown power, speed, and played a good center. One of the few bright spots on the offense side.
7. Huner Morris The power is still there and 1st base seems to be his next year (assuming Hart doesn't resign cheap). He should get a chance in September.
8.Victor Roache He gets a little break since he hadn't played in a year but his .228 BA is disappointing.
9. Scooter Gennett His upside isn't great but he should be a serviceable player. Hit near .300 with not much else.
10. Clint Coulter I feel that the Brewers really have done him wrong by keeping him at catcher. By playing him at 1st, LF, or RF he could focus on the bat. Still young and projectable
11. Ariel Pena One of the more underrated guys in the system will be a good late reliever at least.
12. Mitch Haniger Has shown the tools of a good prospect, but he doesn't sparkle and that doesn't help him in this list.
13. Orlando Arcia The bat needs to develop but he has lots of time. At 18 he gets a bump based on his full year at A ball.
14. Drew Gagnon Based on stuff he would be a bunch of spots higher but he has not shown consistancy and his era is scary right now.
15. Devin Williams Since being drafted he has only pitched in 2 or 3 games but based on projectability and upside he will have lots of chances to move up this list.
16. Damien Magnifacio With his arm he will be a good reliever in a few years once he develops his slider and control.
17. Jorge Lopez Has pitched much better over the past couple months, if he puts on some strength he could be a top prospect in a year or 2.
18. Tyler Wagner He has pitched very well and good stuff. His makeup and mindset as a starter could give him a Thornberg type rise in the rankings in the next years.
19. Khris Davis His power keeps him on this list but he isn't a 4th outfielder based on the beginning of the season, not sure he gets a chance to be a everyday player unless injury or trade.
20. Kentrail Davis Has played well but at 25 he has only play a week of AAA ball so he doesn't have a lot of upside.
Missed out: Caleb Gindl, I just don't see the big skills of a top prospect, possibly a 4th OF next year. Yadiel Riveria, Hasn't progressed much over the past few years. Josh Prince, Has not played well in AAA. Sean Halton, played ok in the bigs, not much upside. Tucker Neuhaus, Young and needs time to show skills.
It's been awhile since we've said anything here, but I figured this would be a decent spot to mention the zach Quintana for Kyle wren trade. Admittedly, I don't know a ton about either guy, but from what I've hears, a lot of people seem to think the Brewers got the much better end of the deal. Quintana has really struggled, and wren sounds like he has some potential. He's got a good amount of speed with really good instincts. He'll never hit for power, but he could turn into a plus defender in center. If he continues to hit and get on base as he advances levels, could be a good lead off guy. I'm excited about wren, and it looks like we barely gave up anything for him.
Here's a link to Baseball Prospectus's top 10 prospect list for the Brewers. You need to be a subscriber to actually read the breakdowns, but the top 10 list is linked.
Admittedly, I'm no scout and don't know a ton about the depths of the minor leagues except for box score watching about once a week from Low A-AAA. I was a little surprised Clint Coultier didn't make the list, but I can see that there's questions about his defense, and if he's forced to move somewhere like first, I'm not sure his bat is all that good then.
From what I've heard from multiple people throughout the past season or so, pretty much everyone has Arcia and Taylor in some order as the top 2.
Really the overarching theme here is that these are pretty much all really young, really high upside guys. Realistically, the majority of this list will probably never have a major impact on the team. These guys are all so young and raw. But, pretty much the entire list consists of guys who have huge upsides, and if 2-3 of them fulfill that upside, they're going to be really, really good players. I'm getting more and more excited about our farm, but these guys are still a long ways away. Tyrone Taylor has 14 plate appearances at AA, and he's the only guy on the list that's played above Brevard County, but still, the majority of these guys are really good athletes with really good arms. That's good to see. Not to mention there are still guys like Jake Gatewood, Clint Coultier, and Wei-Chung Wang that provide some good upside in the org yet too.
There is no doubting that we have gotten some good talent over the past couple years. It would be nice to see a couple of those guys go through the minors a little quicker. I know the team has a philosophy about a player needing x amount of AB's of innings at each level. But in the case of a guy like Coulter who was at low A all last year, there was no reason for him to spend the entire year at low A again. After a month or two of exceptional play he should have been moved up to Brevard.
I've never heard of Miguel Diaz, I looked him up and I don't see a top 10 prospect. He is almost 20 and has been ok in rookie ball. Does he have a huge arm?
I also wouldn't count Gilbert Lara on lists just yet, there is no doubting his talent, but he is 17 and hasn't played anywhere.
I have no clue on Diaz as well, but I will add something. I'm not quoting the tweet, but after baseball prospectus released their list, JP Breen, who used to be at disciples of uecker and does some writing baseball prospectus (but not that article) said to a fan to get used to hearing that name because its one that more and more people will be talking about. So I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I have no clue what his repertoire is or if he's a big power arm. The only thing I see is that his strikeout rate at Arizona was 10/9 innings which is promising.
As for Coultier, I had no problem with him staying in Wisconsin, but my issue is how they handled him defensively. He DHed way too often. And considering he's playing for a team that had maybe 1 other positional player who might ever see the bigs, he should have been out their more defensively. I know they were committed to him catching still last year, but I think everyone in their right mind knew he wasn't going to stick. Should have moved him around defensively more to get a head start on playing him somewhere besides catcher.
Agree on Lara. I know he was a big "get" for us, but he's not even eligible to play in rookie ball for a year or two yet. I think putting him ahead of guys like Gatewood and Coultier is a bold choice, but ultimately these lists really don't mean anything. Like you said, either way we have some potential out there.
Finally, I agree that I'd like to see us try to speed up some guys in our system. I know they like to take it slow, but if a guy is performing and there's a spot open at a higher level, let him move up. That's going to be one interesting thing about seeing where they put Wren. There's talk that they'll put him back at AA, where he finished last year and played ok for Atlanta. Problem is, Ty Taylor should probably be our AA centerfielder. They both carry maximum value if they're able to play center, so I'd rather take the chance to move Wren up to AAA and move Taylor up to AA and let them both get consistent, every day at bats while playing CF almost exclusively.