With the minor league season officially wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the each organization’s top tools. Note: only everyday players with 250+ plate appearances, starting pitchers with 80+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here.
Milwaukee Brewers Top Prospects for 2013
Hit Tool: Tyrone Taylor, CF
Power: Victor Roache, LF
Eye: Nick Delmonico, 3B
Runner: Tyrone Taylor, CF
K-Ability: Jimmy Nelson, RHP
Control: Gian Rizzo, RHP
Best Hit Tool: A potential breakout prospect heading into next season, Tyrone Taylor hit .274/.338/.400 while topping the league average offense by nearly 10%, despite playing the year as a 19-year-old in the Midwest League and having just career 83 plate appearances in professional ball coming into the season.
Best Power: Victor Roache, who slugged 30 homeruns during his sophomore collegiate season at Georgia Southern, lost most of his junior year due to an injury, but the franchise took a gamble and selected the outfielder with the 28th overall pick in 2012. Healthy for the first time in more than a season, Roache slugged 40 extra-base hits, 22 of them homeruns.
Best Plate Discipline: In one of the best moves at the trade deadline, Milwaukee shipped replaceable reliever Francisco Rodriguez, formerly known as K-Rod, to the Orioles for Nick Delmonico, whose offensive game took substantial steps forward this season. Delmonico, 20, walked 48 times in 350 plate appearances (13.7%) and owns a career 153-to-95 strikeout to walk ratio through 177 games.
Best Base Stealer: The toolsy center fielder from Torrence, California, Tyrone Taylor stole 19 bases in 122 games, though his success rate (70.4%) leaves much to be desired.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: A big right-hander whose fastball averaged nearly 94 mph during his 10-inning stint with the Brewers, Jimmy Nelson struck out 163 batters in 152.1 innings spread across Double-A and Triple-A.
Best Control: An interesting prospect developing in the lowest levels, GIan Rizzo has issued just 30 free passes in 174.2 innings (1.5 BB/9) since debuting in professional ball in 2011.
Photo of Victor Roache Courtesy of Paul R. Gierhart via MiLB.com.