Prospects in the Brewers' 2020 player pool
As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an
As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an alternate training site in the hopes of staying fresh for a potential callup or getting in much-needed development time.
The MiLB.com staff is rounding up the notable prospects in each organization’s 60-man player pool and analyzing what the new system will mean for their 2020 seasons.
The Brew Crew is back and trying to make the playoffs for the third year in a row after falling short in the NL Wild Card game against the eventual champion Washington Nationals last fall. With Craig Counsell in charge, Milwaukee has invited 14 prospects to Summer Camp, including top-ranked
Here’s a look at the prospects taking part in camp at Miller Park.
Brice Turang, SS/2B: Only 20, the Brewers’ top prospect ended last season at Class A Advanced Carolina, hitting .200 with a homer, two triples, six doubles, six RBIs and 25 runs scored in 170 at-bats. He uses his speed effectively, stealing 30 bases in 35 tries in 2019. He's also flashed some power and his defense is considered above average. The 2018 first-round pick could provide some relief up the middle if the need arises.
Ethan Small, LHP: The 28th overall pick in last year's Draft out of Mississippi State, Small is a 6-foot-4 southpaw with three top pitches, including a fastball in the 89-92 mph range, a swing-inducing changeup and an improving curveball. In seven starts across two levels, Small posted a 0.86 ERA over 21 innings, piling up 36 strikeouts while issuing only four walks and holding foes to a .151 average. He could serve as bullpen help this season, despite his limited professional experience.
Mario Feliciano, C: The 21-year-old backstop had a breakout season in 2019, garnering Carolina League MVP honors after hitting .273/.324/.477 with a circuit-best 19 homers, 81 RBIs and 210 total bases in 116 games. He probably possesses the best combination of hitting and power in the system, and his defense is coming along with his athletic body. With four catchers ahead of him on the depth chart, Feliciano might not see the field this season, but the extra work will help advance his game.
Tristen Lutz, OF: Milwaukee's fourth-ranked prospect has all of the tools to become a solid big league outfielder, including power that's still developing on his 6-foot-2 frame and sneaky speed that helps him on the bases and cover ground defensively. In the Carolina League last season, Lutz batted .255/.335/.419 with a .754 OPS, 13 homers, three triples, 24 doubles, 54 RBIs and 62 runs scored. The Texas native could serve as a defensive replacement or pinch-hitter before season's end.
Antoine Kelly, LHP: A 2019 second-round pick, Kelly made 10 starts last season, all but one in the Rookie-level Arizona League. In those nine outings, he put up a 1.26 ERA with 45 strikeouts and nine walks over 28 2/3 innings. At 6-foot-6, the Brewers' No. 6 prospect already is adding muscle to his frame and speed to a fastball that ranges between 94-97 mph. He complements that with a hard slider, although his changeup is a work in progress.
Drew Rasmussen, RHP: The 6-foot-1 right-hander was solid last year after missing the entire 2018 season following Tommy John surgery. Over 74 1/3 innings across three levels, he posted a 3.54 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 31 walks. When healthy, the Brewers’ No. 9 prospect can light it up with a fastball in the mid- to upper-90s. Rasmussen complements that heater with a hard slider and changeup. Expected to be a starter in the Majors down the road, he’s only pitched one season in the pros but could be a bullpen option, if needed, in Milwaukee this summer.