With Spring Instruction camps setting up to decide on up this week, we’re setting up to see the previous of the offseason top prospect lists appear out.
That consists of John Sickels’ Prime 100, which the previous SB Nation-er declared will now be located on The Athletic as aspect of their new stable of fantasy baseball writers.
Like most prospect prognosticators this winter, Sickels is not as well hyped about the Brewers’ farm technique soon after a mix of trades and large-degree prospect graduations. The Brewers landed just a single prospect on his Prime-100, with Keston Hiura coming in at #16 in general with a B+ quality. He also tabs Hiura with an ETA of 2019, but whether or not that means “early-to-midseason promotion” or “September call-up” stays to be seen.
For what it is worthy of, Sickels ranks Hiura initially amid the “Not A/A-” potential customers, which would make some feeling thinking of he fell just outside the house of the Prime 15. He’s also the top-rated next baseman on the listing, assuming you never count 14th-rated Brendan Rodgers of Colorado, who can engage in each and every infield situation and may get a shot at the Rockies’ next base work this 12 months. Right after Hiura, the up coming-very best next baseman on Sickels’ listing is San Diego’s Luis Urias, who was rated 23rd and also carries a 2019 ETA.
Sickels also provides a “Beyond the Prime 100” sleeper decide on for each and every technique, with the strategy becoming to emphasize a hitting prospect and a pitching prospect that is not on or close to Prime 100 lists but could split out in the up coming 2-3 decades. Sickels’ picks for the Brewers have been proper-hander Zack Brown (who basically has started creeping into the Prime 100 dialogue for some prospect writers) and outfielder Je’Von Ward, who could be the up coming toolsy athletic freak in the Brewers technique to get some hoopla, a la Monte Harrison a few decades ago. Ward hit .307/.391/.403 in 64 games with Rookie League Helena previous 12 months as an 18-12 months-outdated, with 2 house operates, 13 doubles, 2 triples, and heading 13-for-18 in stolen bases.
Ward is the sort of prospect that can make it significant to bear in mind that whilst the Brewers may be in a lull when it arrives to placing a large amount of potential customers on these Prime 100 lists, it doesn’t always indicate the technique is very poor — they have a great deal of expertise in the reduced degrees of the minors, but may nonetheless be a several decades absent from obtaining some of the national writers to take see.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference