The Milwaukee Brewers, at one point, had one of the best farm systems in baseball. Indeed, the Brewers drafted and developed stars like Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Yovanni Gallardo, and Lorenzo Cain. However, over the years, the farm system has fallen to the bottom ranks of baseball, with few prospects reaching star potential. There is, though, hope on the horizon, especially with the top nine prospects in the Brewers’ system. Here, we begin a breakdown of these prospects and when fans can expect to see them in Milwaukee. Be sure to check back every day for a new prospect spotlight.
*Note: These prospects are ranked based off of Keith Law’s rankings in his recent article for The Athletic.
Prospect #2- 2B/SS Brice Turang
Up until the 2020 Draft, Brice Turang was the Brewers’ number one prospect. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2018 Draft and was immediately their top prospect.
Turang turned heads immediately upon his assignment to the Brewers’ Arizona League team. In 47 games, he hit .319/.421/.362. After this assignment, he went Helena where he hit .268/.385/.348. What stuck out to the Brewers was that he has a high baseball IQ and unrivaled work ethic. While not a flashy fielder, he is fundamentally sound and can play either short stop or second base well.
One noted need for improvement was that his batting stance was quite tall. As a result, when he hit the ball, he did not generate very much power. In 42 games in 2018, he had just eight extra base hits. That being said, making contact was not an issue. He struck out a total of 34 times compared to 31 walks.
In 2019, Turang’s offense took a step back. Lacking the power to drive the ball, his batting average fell to .256 between Appleton and Carolina. However, he continued to get on base, drawing 83 walks and a .367 on base percentage.
After missing the 2020 season, as all minor leaguers did, Turang appears set to begin 2021 with the Brewers’ Double-A affiliate. Turang has shown that he moves quickly up the ranks, though, and will likely end the year with Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers expect him to be in the Majors in 2022.
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Here at Wisconsin Sports Heroics, we have a great group of podcasts that cover all of your favorite Wisconsin sports. One of these is The Nasty Nine, a Brewers/Nashville Sounds podcast. On our latest episode, we broke down the top nine prospects according to Keith Law. You can listen to our complete analysis here.
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