Nelson, Morris, Hellweg head Brewers picks for AFL | Disciples of Uecker

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With the minor league season winding down, the end of August means the announcement of Arizona Fall League rosters. The Brewers made their announcement this afternoon, and there will be eight players representing Milwaukee:


The AFL is a place for top prospects to face tougher competition, but it’s also a way for players injured during the year to make up for lost time. That’s likely the case for Bucci, who’s only thrown in 34.2 innings this year, and Manzanillo, who’s only thrown 20.0. The same could be said for Kjeldgaard, as he’s only had 297 plate appearances this season due to injury. Manzanillo and Kjeldgaard will be taxi squad players, only eligible to play twice a week.

The inclusion of Khris Davis shouldn’t be a surprise, as his agent tweeted out a couple days ago that Davis was AFL-bound. Still, you don’t usually see many guys above Double-A in the AFL.

The AFL is a highly-scouted league, and it seems like every year there’s a Brewers prospect that makes a big impression. Last year it was Scooter Gennett continuing a breakout campaign. In the fall of 2010, Mike Fiers added the cutter that took his career to the next level. In 2009, Jonathan Lucroy became a name everyone knew following his performance in the AFL, and he was starting in the big leagues the next season.

The favorite to do well this year is probably Nelson, who has skyrocketed up the Brewers prospect list after putting up a 2.83 ERA over 127.1 innings at two levels. Hunter Morris has also had a huge year for his hometown Huntsville Stars (.294/.348/.542, 25 HR, 38 2B), and a strong showing in the AFL could further validate his breakout season. Many eyes will also be on Johnny Hellweg as the only Zack Greinke trade piece making the trip to Arizona.

The 20th year of the AFL starts on October 9.

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