I have been holding off on this brief article for a while, waiting on Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus to finally publish his Brewers’ top prospects list. The long wait is a small price to pay for a trip to the NLCS, though, as Goldstein publishes his rankings in MLB Draft order.
Here are the Top 10 Brewers prospects from the five most prominent minor league talent evaluators in the online community, as well as the Top 10 ranking that Ryan and I put together earlier this month.
|Num||Baseball Prospectus||Baseball America||Keith Law||John Sickels||MLB.com||Disciples of Uecker|
|1||Wily Peralta||Wily Peralta||Wily Peralta||Wily Peralta||Wily Peralta||Wily Peralta|
|2||Jed Bradley||Taylor Jungmann||Taylor Jungmann||Tyler Thornburg||Jed Bradley||Taylor Jungmann|
|3||Taylor Jungmann||Jed Bradley||Jed Bradley||Taylor Jungmann||Taylor Jungmann||Jed Bradley|
|4||Tyler Thornburg||Tyler Thornburg||Tyler Thornburg||Jed Bradley||Tyler Thornburg||Tyler Thornburg|
|5||Taylor Green||Scooter Gennett||Taylor Green||Taylor Green||Taylor Green||Jorge Lopez|
|6||Scooter Gennett||Logan Schafer||Scooter Gennett||Jorge Lopez||Scooter Gennett||Scooter Gennett|
|7||Jimmy Nelson||Cody Scarpetta||Cody Scarpetta||Scooter Gennett||Logan Schafer||Logan Schafer|
|8||Jorge Lopez||Taylor Green||Logan Schafer||Cody Scarpetta||Jimmy Nelson||Taylor Green|
|9||Cody Scarpetta||Jorge Lopez||Caleb Gindl||Michael Fiers||Kentrail Davis||Michael Fiers|
|10||Michael Fiers||Jimmy Nelson||Nick Ramirez||Logan Schafer||Hunter Morris||Cody Scarpetta|
There seems to be a rather large consensus atop the rankings. Every single ranking had Wily Peralta in the #1 spot, with some combination of Taylor Jungmann, Jed Bradley, and Tyler Thornburg rounding out the top four positions. It’s nice to see a stable of quality young arms atop the Brewers’ farm system, especially after a shortage of pitching over the past couple decades.
The remainder of the rankings tend to highlight the same names. MLB.com’s rankings (compiled by Jonathan Mayo) appear to be the outlier. They feature Kentrail Davis (who didn’t even make BP’s Top 20) and Hunter Morris (who barely made our Top 30, though I personally prefer him around the 20 spot). Nick Ramirez also makes a surprising appearance in the Top 10 on Keith Law’s rankings. He apparently has no issue with the arm bar that many scouts do not like.
Keep these rankings in mind this year, as you follow along with the minor league box scores that will be posted on the website every morning. It will be a great companion article that illustrates what scouts think of the Brewers’ prospects, which will help you place their daily production into context.