Despite being only five games over .500, the Milwaukee Brewers are in a battle for the NL Central. The youth movement has been strong in Milwaukee this season, with players like Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, and Brice Turang graduating from prospect status. The Brewers’ top-end prospect talent made their farm system among the best in the MLB, but what comes next?
Former general manager and current president of baseball operations Matt Arnold has acquired several talented young prospects. While international free agent signings, including Jackson Chourio and Jefferson Quero, have been the most flashy, the Brewers have excelled in player acquisition through the draft. Mitchell and Wiemer were first and fourth-round picks in the 2020 MLB Draft. Sal Frelick, Arnold’s first-round selection in 2021, is due for a major league call-up any day. A 2022 draft pick has also been dominating this summer.
Milwaukee Brewers 2022 Draft Pick Dylan O’Rae Dominates Arizona Complex League
Dylan O’Rae was assigned to the Brewers’ Arizona Complex League roster in August 2022. This season, O’Rae has appeared in each ACL game for the Brew Crew.
— Brewers Player Development (@BrewersPD) July 6, 2023
This season, the former third-round pick has reached base in all 16 ACL games. Boasting an impressive .468 OBP, the 11th-best mark in the league, he has recorded 17 hits, including two doubles, for a .801 OPS.
O’Rae is most impressive in his ability to draw walks. He has averaged a walk per game – including a single-game high of three walks against the Padres’ ACL team on June 9th. O’Rae’s 16 walks are the 16th-most among ACL players.
When he is not walking, O’Rae is running. Leading up to the 2022 MLB Draft, he highlighted his speed on the bases by stealing 17 times in 25 games for Canada’s Junior National Team. That speed remains a hallmark of the Milwaukee Brewers prospect’s game. He has stolen a league-leading 16 bases and has yet to be caught stealing this season.
Milwaukee Brewers Prospect Report: Dylan O’Rae
In addition to around the bases, Milwaukee utilizes O’Rae’s impressive speed on defense. He played second base for the Canadian Junior Team, but the Brewers have him at shortstop.
Out of Sarnia, Ontario, the product of Northern Institute & Vocational School carries a slight frame. At just five-foot-seven-inches and 160 pounds, he needs to rely on his speed and ability to identify balls and strikes to make up for lackluster power.
The left-handed bat is ranked 17th among Milwaukee Brewers prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Pipeline projects his arrival at the MLB level in 2026. O’Rae is the highest-ranked Brewers prospect currently playing below the Single-A level.
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