The Milwaukee Brewers are struggling to put together a consistent offense. The trade deadline came and went without the team acquiring a bat that could have brought a spark. Instead, the Brewers traded away four-time All-Star Josh Hader and a few prospects. In return, the Brewers got Taylor Rogers, Matt Bush, and a few other prospects. While Bush appears to be the only effective contributor Milwaukee has as a result of the trade, the offense has continued to sputter. Down in Nashville, number two prospect Sal Frelick is making a case for his Major League call-up. A look at his body of work this season makes on wonder if he could not at least bring some kind of fire to an offense that desperately needs to heat up.
Sal Frelick Has Rocketed Through the Brewers Farm System
The Brewers’ minor league affiliates began the season with Ethan Small and Garrett Mitchell as its most highly touted prospects. Since then, though, Sal Frelick, along with Jackson Chourio, have shot up best-prospects lists. Frelick, who started the season at High-A Carolina, is now raking up at Triple-A Nashville.
In 21 games with the Carolina Mudcats, Frelick hit .291/.391/.456 with two home runs and nine RBI. He also walked 13 times compared to just 14 strikeouts. After his promotion to Double-A, Frelick’s bat got even hotter. With the Biloxi Shuckers, Frelick hit .317/.380/.464 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 52 games. He maintained that sparkling strikeout-to-walk ratio, walking 20 times compared to 33 strikeouts.
However, it has been since his promotion to the Nashville Sounds that Frelick has really impressed. In 13 games with the Sounds, Frelick is hitting .440/.525/.540. He has 22 hits in those 13 games to go along with eight walks and just five strikeouts. Additionally, Frelick has logged seven multi-hit games since joining the Sounds.
Allow me to douse this website with gasoline and then send off a tweet.
Sal Frelick has a 1.065 OPS through his first 13 games at AAA.
Brewers center fielders have a 65 wRC+ since June 1. https://t.co/dBiyF06fwP
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) August 18, 2022
When Frelick’s numbers across all three levels are combined, he is hitting .329/.404/.473 with seven home runs and 39 RBI. He also has 17 stolen bases and has 41 walks compared to 52 strikeouts.
With Tyrone Taylor and Jonathan Davis struggling in Milwaukee, it is hard to defend the choice NOT to promote Sal Frelick.
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This is his first full year in the Minors. I think the Brewers are very happy with his progress. That being said he has missed time with injuries so I would not be surprised if Ruiz gets the call up not Frelick. I think he has a great shot to be the starting CF/LF in 2023