The new Top 100 MLB Prospects dropped and the rankings have shaken up over the last year.
Top 💯 time!
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 18, 2022
Kansas City’s Bobby Witt Jr. takes the #1 Prospect honors. Like 2021, two Brewers prospects crack the top 100. This year, it’s outfielders Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer. Both are widely regarded as some of the finest in the Brewers’ farm system. Neither Frelick nor Wiemer are strangers to honors. Both received high praise from Baseball America’s Ben Bader in his rankings of the Brewers prospects last summer.
#70 Sal Frelick
Frelick was the Brewers’ 2021 first-round draft pick and started the 2021 season in rookie ball, before quickly moving to Low-A Carolina and then High-A Wisconsin. The outfielder out of Boston College had a batting average of .329 across the three levels this season. In this year’s ranking, Frelick moved up 27 spots from his place last season at #97. According to MLB Pipeline, Frelick is projected to reach the Majors in 2024, where his offensive prowess will aid the Brewers’ lineup.
#100 Joey Wiemer
Wiemer spent the bulk of the 2021 season with the Low-A Carolina Mudcats before moving up to High-A Wisconsin. He won Low-A East Offensive Player of the week honors in August, right before he was promoted to the Timber Rattlers. The University of Cincinnati alum is a force to be reckoned with at the plate, something the Brewers need. The strong hitter turned heads in August for an especially impressive four-game stretch with Carolina.
12 total hits
4 home runs
2 walk-offs 👀 pic.twitter.com/tHL35QUZJD
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) August 8, 2021
Interestingly, no pitchers in the Brewers’ farm made the MLB’s top 100 list. The Brewers minor league system is known for its pitcher development, demonstrated by Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Aaron Ashby, Ethan Small, etc. Both Frelick and Wiemer are outfielders. 2022 also sees Garrett Mitchell fall off the list, where he once held the #56 ranking. Infielder Brice Turang also failed to rejoin the ranks after falling out from #96, where he sat at the start of the 2021 season.
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