Milwaukee took a pair of high risk/high reward gambles in the opening rounds of the draft this year, selecting talented southpaw Kodi Medeiros, whose low arm-slot could make him susceptible to right-handers, and Jacob Gatewood, whose below-average hit tool may make his power potential an unrealized in-game talent. Right-hander Taylor Jungmann is in the midst of a career year, so there’s hope that he could develop into a legitimate big league starting pitcher.
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1. Tyrone Taylor, CF, Age: 20
In one of the more aggressive rankings this year, I had the toolsy center fielder listed as the #94 prospect coming into the season. And Taylor, a former second round pick, has handled his promotion to the Florida State League incredibly well: through his first 76 games, he’s hitting .276/.329/.428 while topping the league average offensive production by 18%. Solid-average or better tools across the board. Think of a poor man’s Andrew McCutchen.
2. Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Age: 18
The first Hawaiian player taken in the opening round in more than a decade, the Brewers snatched the lanky left-hander with the 12th pick this June. There are some concerns about his ability to handle right-handers due to a low arm slot, an issue that could potentially push him to a bullpen role later, so that bears watching.
3. Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Age: 25
Nelson, who’s biding his time in Class AAA thanks to a numbers game, has been nearly unhittable in his 15 appearances for Nashville: 97.1 IP, 105 K, and 29 BB. The 6-foot-6 right-hander flashed a mid 90s fastball during his brief 15.2 inning stint with Milwaukee over the last two seasons. His control, however, has wavered at various points in his career.
4. Nick Delmonico, 1B/3B, Age: 21
Back in high Class A for the second season, Delmonico, who missed about six weeks to open the season, has underperformed to this point, hitting .256/.292/.388. His power (.132) and patience (4.4% BB-rate), both trademarks of his past performances, have yet to shine this season. A potential Three True Outcomes Hitter.
5. Jacob Gatewood, SS, Age: 18
The prodigious power potential has been well documented at this point, the ceiling of the 6-foot-5 future ex-shortstop is tied to his hit tool, which is widely viewed as below-average at this point. Fantastic gamble by the Brewers, who took him in the supplemental first round. High risk/high reward.
6. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Age: 24
After missing about as many bats as Jamie Moyer during his first two seasons, Jungman, who fanned 181 in 292.1 innings, is now averaging a slightly above-average amount of strikeouts (8.0 K/9). Very intriguing. A quick snapshot of the season suggest #4-type ceiling; the past, however, points towards bust-dom.
7. Clint Coulter, C, Age: 20
A 2012 first round pick, Coulter is in the midst of a breakout season with Wisconsin in the Midwest League, hitting .276/.415/.531 with 18 doubles, two triples, 13 homeruns and four stolen bases. If he continues to produce at this level, Coulter could wind up as the second best prospect in the system by year’s end.
8. Devin Williams, RHP, Age: 19
Just 50.2 innings under his professional belt, Williams, nonetheless, has fanned 55 strikeouts. A 2013 second round pick.
9. Orlando Arcia, SS, Age: 19
Rebounding from a subpar season in low Class A last season, Arcia has topped the league average production by 18%, despite being aggressively pushed up a level. Solid tools without a true standout.
10. Monte Harrison, CF, Age: 18
A potential pitcher if things don’t work out well in the field, Harrison is hitting .261/.469/.391 during his first seven games in the Brewers’ system.
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