2021 Organization Report: Milwaukee Brewers

(Photo: Brice Turang, SS)

To familiarize yourself with the process of creating this 2021 prospect lists in the times of COVID-19, be sure to read our 2021 Organization Report Pandemic Primer. As stated there, we draw heavily on our 2020 Org Reports. For additional reports and future schedule, see our 2021 Organization Reports home page. 

 

2021 Organization Report: Milwaukee Brewers

  Rank Player Name POS 20 level Grade ETA
  1 Garrett Mitchell OF - 9D 2023
  2 Brice Turang SS/2B ALT 8C 2022
  3 Mario Feliciano C ALT 8C 2022
  4 Ethan Small LHP ALT 8C 2021
  5 Tristen Lutz OF ALT 7B 2022
  6 Aaron Ashby LHP ALT 7B 2021
  7 Hedbert Perez OF - 8D 2024
  8 Corey Ray OF ALT 8D 2021
  9 Zack Brown RHP ALT 7B 2021
  10 Freddy Zamora SS  - 8D 2023
  11 Carlos Rodriguez OF ALT 8E 2023
  12 Eduardo Garcia SS ALT 8E 2023
  13 Joe Gray OF ALT 8E 2023
  14 Payton Henry C ALT 7C 2022
  15 Antoine Kelly LHP ALT 9E 2022

New players to the Top 15 in bold • Grades moved up in green; grades moved down in red
"20 level" is highest assignment in 2020; "ALT" = alternate site; " - " = no assignment​

 

Last year's list:
2020 Brewers Org Report

 

2020 Losses/Graduations:

Trey Supak (RHP; #8 in 2020) was designated for assignment by Milwaukee in mid-September and cleared waivers, but was picked up by the Athletics last month and will join the organization as a non-roster invitee in the spring. The former second-round pick did not reach the majors with the Brewers but did post a 3.60 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 7.0 Dom in 152.2 IP in the upper minors in 2019.

Drew Rasmussen (RHP; #10 in 2020) made his big-league debut exclusively from the bullpen in 2020 and in so doing also exceeded his rookie eligibility limits. The hard-throwing righty turned in a mixed bag statistically last season, including a 5.87 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 12.3 Dom/5.3 Ctl mix across 15.1 IP. His average fastball velocity of 98 mph was a top-10 mark among relievers with at least 10+ innings.

Luis Medina (OF; #15 in 2020) falls out of our top 15 heading into 2021, mostly due to position player additions the club added through the 2020 amateur draft. Medina, 17, is still a considered a high-upside, higher-risk prospect with potential five-category value including plus raw power from the left side. He is several years away from contributing and may not make a stateside appearance until 2022.


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2021 Additions:

#1 Garrett Mitchell (OF; 6-3, 215; L/R) takes over the reins as the clear-cut top prospect in the system after he signed for a slot-value bonus as the 20th overall pick in last summer's draft. Mitchell pieced together an outstanding 2019 sophomore campaign with UCLA (.349/.418/.566 with 6 HR and 18 SB in 62 G) and was well on his way to similar heights had the pandemic not cut short his junior tour. Strong and athletic, Mitchell possesses some of the loudest tools of any OF prospect in the minors, including plus-plus speed and a plus hit tool. He projects to grow into more power as he adds loft to his compact swing and he shows defensive competency at each OF position, which should push his timeline to the majors rather quickly.

#7 Hedbert Perez (OF; 5-10, 160; L/L) was acquired by the club out of Venezuela during the 2019 July 2 signing period. He did not make our 2020 top 15, but he does this year, as reports of the 17-year-old out of alternate camp this summer and fall instructional league are glowing. Perez will have a chance for above-average tools across the board at full maturity, though the profile right now is headlined by plus speed, athleticism and ability to patrol center field likely for the long-haul. Offensively, his shorter, compact frame produces a line-drive trajectories gap-to-gap and he has advanced ability to recognize spin. Average HR outputs are likely a best-case scenario, but even with that, there is multi-category potential impact here.

#10 Freddy Zamora (SS; 6-1, 190; R/R) was a sufficiently productive college shortstop in the ACC in 2019—he slashed .296/.393/.447 with 6 HR and 13 SB with more walks (31) than strikeouts (27)—and despite a suspension and subsequent knee injury that sidelined him for all of the abbreviated 2020 campaign, he netted a second-round bonus from the Brewers. The 22-year-old is best known for his defensive prowess, owning plus range and instincts for the position. Offensively, the tools are less loud, though a compact stroke and keen eye should allow for solid BA/OBP value down the line. He's an average runner who could net a handful of steals annually based on SBA volume along with fringe-average power returns.

 

2021 Grade Changes:

Corey Ray gets bumped down from 8C to 8D for a variety of reasons. While still possessing raw tools and exciting athleticism, Ray's strikeout woes in the upper minors remain a major question mark. Additionally, he was unable to crack the major league roster for even a brief debut in 2020 and while he remains on the 40-man heading into spring camp in 2021, he's likely on on the trading block, as his outlook for playing time in a crowded Brewers outfield looks bleak at best. Next year will be his age-26 season as a pro and there's not a lot of positive things happening with this profile right now.

 

Additional Notes: 

This system has made incremental steps toward the middle of the pack of MLB organizations in the last 365 days, but it still remains on the lower end of the spectrum from a top-end talent and depth perspective. One prospect who is intriguing for 2021 is Mario Feliciano, who was recently added to the 40-man and protected from Rule 5 consideration. The 22-year-old catcher hit .270 with 19 HR in just 116 games in High-A in 2019 and has improved his defensive skills considerably in the last two years ... Reports were solid on Zack Brown from the Brewers alternate camp in Arizona this summer and while he remains unprotected from the 40-man roster, he could be a sleeper to contribute from the back-end of any number of rotations in 2021. He had a rough go of it in the PCL in 2019 (5.79 ERA, 1.53 Cmd in 116.2 IP) but the last time we saw him pitch at non-altitude in 2018 he was quite productive (2.40 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8.4 Dom in Double-A).


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