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BF.net Fan Community Top 25 Prospects - 2020 Pre-Season Edition - Results

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Offline  BF.net Fan Community Top 25 Prospects - 2020 Pre-Season Edition - Results
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Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:35 PM Post
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#1 (+1) Brice Turang, SS, age 20
520 points (10 1st place votes) - 22 of 22 ballots
New #1. Turang should hit for average and take his share of walks, making for some nice on-base numbers. Good runner, above average glove and a high baseball IQ. Minimal power will limit upside. Likely 2020 destination: A+ Carolina

#2 (+2) Ethan Small, LHSP, age 23
511 points (9 1st place votes) - 22 of 22 ballots
Dominated in 21 innings of Rookie/A-Ball last year. Small has a nice arsenal of pitches, but lacks a truly dominating option at this time - which may limit his upside. However, the Brewers hope he regains some miles on his fastball after missing all of 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. If he progresses as many people expect, it would not be a surprise to see him as the organization’s top prospect by year’s end. Likely 2020 destination: A+ Carolina

#3 (+3) Drew Rasmussen, RHP, age 24
462 points (1 1st place votes) - 22 of 22 ballots
A former 1st round pick of Tampa, Rasmussen put up some solid numbers last year (3.15 ERA, 96K in 74 IP) after missing all of 2018 with Tommy John surgery. The Brewers will likely continue to develop Rasmussen as a starter, but some speculate he could end up in the bullpen, where his upper 90s fastball could be devastating. A strong performance may get Rasmussen to Milwaukee in 2020. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#4 (-1) Aaron Ashby, LHSP, age 21
455 points - 22 of 22 ballots
Big arm. Filthy slider. Has suffered from control and command issues at times. His raw stuff makes him one of the most intriguing arms in the Brewer system. Likely 2020 destination: AA Biloxi

#5 (+3) Mario Feliciano, C, age 21
442 points - 22 of 22 ballots
Led the Carolina League in HRs and slugging while earning MVP honors at age 20. Doesn’t walk much, and strikes out at a high rate. Defensively, he has improved enough that most scouts view him as a catcher - as long as his bat continues to produce. Likely 2020 destination: AA Biloxi

#6 (+1) Tristen Lutz, OF, age 21
411 points - 20 of 22 ballots
Big, athletic with a ton of raw power and a strong arm, fans are still looking for a breakout season for Lutz. He has, thus far, produced middling numbers. Likely 2020 destination: AA Biloxi

#7 (+2) Antoine Kelly, LHSP, age 20
383 points - 21 of 22 ballots
Kelly looked great last year in limited action. He has a ton of tools, but has a lot of refinement to be done. With a big fastball and slider, he offers a ton of upside. Likely 2020 destination: Rookie Colorado Springs

#8 (-3) Trey Supak, RHSP, age 23
300 points - 21 of 22 ballots
A great run at Biloxi - followed by an awful seven game stint in San Antonio put a damper on Supak’s 2019. In the past, he has often struggled when promoted to a new level - but has always rebounded given time. Let’s hope he follows that trend. At spring training this year, Supak showed up 25 pounds lighter than last season. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#9 (+1) Corey Ray, OF, age 25
283 points - 19 of 22 ballots
Ray’s tools (speed, power) have been overshadowed by injuries and a hit tool that simply has not progressed as anticipated. His 2019 season was awful. At age 25, he is running out of time to step up and become a part of the Brewers future. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#10 (+3) Eduardo Garcia, SS, age 17
278 points - 19 of 22 ballots
Premium defender with solid all around baseball skills. A broken ankle ended his season prematurely last year, but he showed great promise when on the field. Likely 2020 destination: Rookie AZL

#11 ( - ) Zack Brown, RHSP, age 25
261 points - 19 of 22 ballots
Poor Zach Brown. Last year was a nightmare. He went from a great 2018 - and sneaking onto the back end of some Top 100 prospect lists - to being bypassed in the Rule Five draft last December. The thing to watch for with Brown is his control. If it can come back, he can (hopefully) regain his premium prospect status. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#12 (new) Hedbert Perez, OF, Age 16
242 points (1 1st place votes) - 16 of 22 ballots
The son of former major leaguer Robert Perez, Hedbert was a big ticket international signing last summer. He has quickly impressed people with his advanced across-the-board tools and maturity. Brewer fans will be watching for this 2020 debut as he will likely rocket up prospect boards if he produces as many suspect he will. Likely 2020 destination: DSL

#13 (+6) Carlos Rodriguez, OF, age 19
221 points - 19 of 22 ballots
The kid can hit. .327 thus far in two pro seasons - and still a teenager. The only things holding back Rodriguez are his lack of power (only 5 HR in 410 ABs) and low walk rate (2.4% !!!). But if he keeps hitting .300+ - well, we’ll figure it out. Likely 2020 destination: Rookie Rocky Mountain

#14 ( - ) Max Lazar, RHSP, Age 20
218 points - 20 of 22 ballots
Put up some stellar numbers at Wisconsin last season, including 109K in just 79 IP. Doesn’t throw hard, but features a plus changeup and good control. He could add a little zip on his fastball as he matures - which would really improve his prospect status. Likely 2020 destination: Rookie A+ Carolina

#15 (+2) Dylan File, RHSP, age 23
195 points - 18 of 22 ballots
Excellent control and command are File’s calling cards. He has, thus far, limited walks and doesn’t give up a lot of HRs. His lack of an outstanding pitch might limit him, but for now his four pitch make up has allowed him to put up some nice numbers. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#16 (-4) Devin Williams, RHP, age 25
185 points - 17 of 22 ballots
Not much has changed regarding Devin Williams over the years. He still has an electric fastball - and struggles with control. At 25, he’s matured, physically and mentally - and it showed in 2019, allowing him to reach the Big Leagues, where he profiles as a reliever. If he doesn’t open the season in Milwaukee, he will likely be one of the first call ups. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio or Milwaukee

#17 (+7) Luis Medina, OF, age 17
150 points - 14 of 22 ballots
Was one of the top international OF prospects, signing with Milwaukee last summer for $1.3M. Scouts love his raw power and strong arm. Should be fun to watch. Likely 2020 destination: DSL

#18 (-2) Payton Henry, C, age 22
135 points - 16 of 22 ballots
Henry’s profile really hasn’t changed as he’s moved up the minor league ladder. His power is offset by a below average hit tool and a mediocre eye at the plate. You would like to see some improvement, but we must remember catchers like Henry can take time to develop. He has some intriguing tools - let’s just hope Henry can put them all together in the near future. Likely 2020 destination: AA Biloxi

#19 (+2) Alec Bettinger, RHSP, age 24
115 points - 16 of 22 ballots
An uptick in velocity really helped Bettinger in 2019. He doesn’t have the most scintillating repertoire, which means he likely profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter or reliever. No matter, if he can produce this season like he did in 2019, he will make the Brewers take notice. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#20 (-2) Jacob Nottingham, C, age 24
107 points - 12 of 22 ballots
Weak numbers in 2019 have caused Nottingham to plummet in the prospect rankings. This may be the big catcher’s last year to demonstrate he is part of the team’s future. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#21 (-1) Lucas Erceg, 3B, age 24
94 points - 11 of 22 ballots
The hit tool just seems to keep getting worse, and the power has not emerged as anticipated. Like Nottingham, this may be Erceg’s last chance to show the organization that he has a future in the Big Leagues. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#22 (new) Thomas Dillard, 1B/OF, age 22
91 points - 12 of 22 ballots
5th round pick last summer out of Mississippi. Dillard’s calling card is his power, and he has the potential to be a 3TO guy with this ability to hit bombs, take a walk and strikeout. He doesn’t profile as a good defender. The Brewers may give him some time at catcher this year - a position he played in high school. Likely 2020 destination: A- Wisconsin or A+ Carolina

#23 (new) Bowden Francis, RHSP, age 23
86 points - 12 of 22 ballots
A fine 2019 at Biloxi allowed Francis to slip into the Top 25. Francis has generally put up okay numbers in his career, but has improved his production as he’s matured. The real test will be to see how he performs in the run-happy PCL. Likely 2020 destination: AAA San Antonio

#24 (-9) Micah Bello, OF, age 19
79 points - 13 of 22 ballots
Good, speedy defender who - right now - just hasn’t hit (either for average or for power). Still only 19 and weighing only 165 lbs, Bello has a chance to improve as he fills out and gains some strength. A- Wisconsin

#25 (-2) Clayton Andrews, LHRP, age 22
76 points - 9 of 22 ballots
Crafty left handed reliever or speedy reserve outfielder? How about both. Andrews was a two-way player in college, and in 2019, the Brewers unleashed him in both capacities - and he did pretty well. A 3.19 ERA with 77K in 59 IP between Carolina and Biloxi was very solid. Add in a .333 batting average (on just 63 ABs), and you have a guy who’s versatility may be a nice addition to the club in the coming years.

The rest

Nick Bennett - 75 points
Phil Bickford - 66
Braden Webb - 60
Joe Gray - 54
Angel Perdoma - 43
Noah Zavolas - 42
Justin Jarvis - 41
Jesus Parra - 37
Cooper Hummel - 36
Bobby Wahl - 36
Nick Kahle - 35
Scott Sunitsch - 34
David Fry - 24
Felix Valerio -23
Weston Wilson- 18
Joangtel Segovia - 17
Michael Mediavilla - 16
JP Feyereisen - 14
Lun Zhao - 14
Gabe Holt - 14
Je’Von Ward - 14
Carlos Roa - 13
Enersto Martinez - 12
Chad Spanberger - 12
Cam Devanney - 11
Pablo Abreu - 11
M Sanchez - 11
Quintin Torres-Costa - 11
Thomas Jankins - 9
Eric Yardley - 9
Korry Howell - 8
Anthony Bender - 7
Luke Barker - 6
Ryan Aguilar - 4
David Hamilton - 3
Reese Olson - 2
Garbiel Garcia - 2
Carlos Luna - 2
Caden Lemons - 2
Jhonnys Cabrera - 1
Tyrone Taylor - 1

Original voting thread: viewtopic.php?f=64&t=39604


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Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:35 PM Post
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Thanks to everyone for participating in the latest version of our Top 25 Prospect Poll. I hope this provides some fun with baseball currently on the sidelines.

Here are some numbers:

Exited Top 25: Grisham (graduated then traded), Stokes (waived)
Newcomers - Perez, Francis, Dillard
Number of ballots: 22 (lowest since our first poll back in 2014)
Number of players on ballots: 66
Mr. Irrelevant (1 vote) - Tyrone Taylor and Jhonnys Cabrera
Biggest risers - Medina, Rodriguez
Biggest drops - Bello
Likeliest to graduate by end of the year - Devin Williams

Please know that all write ups are my own observations and opinions.

I’ve made some guesses as to each players 2020 destination - but that’s going to be very tentative. So much can happen before we actually start to play this year.

If you see any mistakes, please let me know.


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Posted: March 28, 2020, 10:35 PM Post
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Observations from this year’s poll

Only 22 submissions this time. The fewest since our very first poll back in May 2014.

The investments in the Latin American market is really starting to show up with Perez, Rodriguez, Garcia and Medina all making the list. Hedbert Perez really stormed up the charts after blowing away some scouts this past off season. Let’s hope the big jump is justified.

Some guys are on their last legs as prospects - Nottingham, Ray, Erceg, Brown. All are older - 24-25 - and had sub-par years in 2019 at AAA. Another bad year could send them off these lists for good.

There will be a wave of pitchers reaching AAA this year (Bettinger, Andrews, Francis, File) that have done well thus far, but don’t have loud tools. As Zack Brown learned, the PCL can be brutal on guys like that. Let’s hope some of these guys are the real deal.

Where’s the love for Tyrone Taylor!? I was the only person to vote for him. Watch for a rebound this year!


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Posted: March 29, 2020, 9:15 AM Post
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Thanks again for compiling this, reilly.

Here's to hoping we'll be following some of these guys in the link reports sometime in the next couple two tree months.


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Posted: March 29, 2020, 10:00 AM Post
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Thanks for compiling, Reilly!

"Dustin Pedroia doesn't have the strength or bat speed to hit major-league pitching consistently, and he has no power......He probably has a future as a backup infielder if he can stop rolling over to third base and shortstop." Keith Law, 2006


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Posted: April 01, 2020, 12:22 AM Post
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Thanks for the hard work, Reilly.

Im certain the lack of turnout is due to distraction with current events and not lack of interest in the Brewers.

Sadly, I'm doutbful a 2020 season is played.


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