Over the course of the past few years, the Milwaukee Brewers have seen some homegrown talent produce at a high level in the big leagues. Players like Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff have become some of the best pitchers in baseball, while others like Freddy Peralta and Aaron Ashby have become key cogs.
Currently, the Milwaukee Brewers farm system is on the rise, highlighted by one of the sport’s most exciting prospects. Beyond him, there are a number of exciting players to fill out the list. All of the aforementioned Major League success stories are for pitchers, while most of the list below is comprised of position players. It’ll be interesting to see if player development on the hitting side can match that of the pitching side, and if it does, the Brewers could be right back in an NL Central race sooner rather than later.
Milwaukee Brewers Top Prospects For Fantasy Baseball
1. Jackson Chourio, OF
Age: 18/2022 Stats (A, A+,AA): 400 AB/.288 AVG/.342 OBP/.538 SLG/20 HR/16 SB/75 R/75 RBI
There isn’t much to say about Chourio that hasn’t already been said. The yet-to-be 19-year-old was perhaps 2022’s biggest breakout in the minor leagues, skyrocketing his way into consensus top-10 overall prospect status. As a refresher, as an 18-year-old, Chourio played across three levels last season, capping off the year with a brief six-game stint at Double-A. In total, Chourio played in 99 games, belting 20 home runs and swiping 16 bases while triple slashing .288/.342/.538. Most impressively, his walk and strikeout rates both improved when he jumped from Low-A to High-A. There’s some swing and miss to Chourio’s game, so he does have some risk, especially for a top prospect, but few, if any, in all of baseball can match his upside.
2. Sal Frelick, OF
Age: 22/2022 Stats (A+, AA, AAA): 492 AB/.331 AVG/.403 OBP/.480 SLG/11 HR/24 SB/90 R/59 RBI
Perhaps because of Chourio’s breakout, Frelick’s 2022 campaign may have gone a bit underappreciated. He, too, played across three minor league levels and put up stellar numbers. As a 22-year-old, the lefty-hitting Frelick slashed .331/.403/.883 with 11 home runs and 24 steals. The outfielder also walked more than he struck out in 46 Triple-A contests. He’s not likely to get to more than 20 home runs in a season, but the whole package looks like a top-of-the-order bat that can produce across the board. Expect to see Frelick in Milwaukee at some point in 2023.
3. Joey Wiemer, OF
Age: 24/2022 Stats (AA, AAA): 484 AB/.256 AVG/.336 BA/.465 SLG/21 HR/31 SB/81 R/77 RBI
Sensing a theme here? The Brewers are loaded with outfield talent. Wiemer has one of the best power/speed combinations in the minors, as showcased by his 21-homer, 31-steal campaign across Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. Perhaps most impressively, Wiemer was only caught stealing three times. How much Wiemer can keep his strikeouts in check at the big-league level is his biggest question mark, but there is a considerable fantasy ceiling here.
4. Robert Gasser, SP
Age: 23/2022 Stats (A+, AA, AAA): 137 IP/3.94 ERA/1.29 WHIP/172 SO
Part of the reason to be excited about Gasser is that Milwaukee seems to be excited about him. The Brewers acquired the lefty from the Padres in the Josh Hader deal this past summer and immediately promoted him from Hi-A to Double-A. After 20 innings there, they promoted him to Triple-A. He did struggle a little at that level, though it was a small sample. Still, outside of those 26.1 innings, Gasser has posted a K-BB above 20% at every stop and given the Brewers’ recent track record of developing pitchers, he could very well become their next impact starter. The rotation is a bit crowded right now, but it only takes an injury for an opportunity, or Gasser could force Milwaukee’s hand with a strong start to 2023.
5. Garrett Mitchell, OF
Age: 24/2022 Stats (Rk, AA, AAA): 251 AB/.287 AVG/.377 OBP/.426 SLG/ 5 HR/17 SB/49 R/34 RBI
MLB: 61 AB/.311 AVG/.373 OBP/.459 SLG/2 HR/8 SB/9 R/9 RBI
Another outfielder toward the top of the list, Mitchell’s calling card is his speed. Splitting time between the minors and majors in 2022, Mitchell swiped 25 bags and was only caught once. Steals are becoming more difficult to find in the fantasy landscape each and every year, so while the 24-year-old doesn’t have a ton of pop and may run into some strikeout issues in the majors, his ability to pile up steals, and at an efficient clip, gives him an intriguing profile. His MLB numbers are a bit of Fool’s Gold, so don’t look too much into them – he struck out north of 40% in the bigs, though it was a small sample. Still, it’ll be important to monitor his strikeout rates to start the season.
6. Brice Turang, 2B/SS
Age: 23/2022 Stats (AAA): 532 AB/.286 AVG/.360 OBP/.412 SLG/13 HR/34 SB/89 R/78 RBI
Turang is probably a better real-life prospect than fantasy prospect. That being said, he’s knocking on the door of playing at the MLB level after spending the entire 2022 campaign at Triple-A. There, he had his best offensive season to date, hitting .286 with 13 home runs and 34 steals in 131 games. His offensive calling card has always been his ability to draw a walk, as he’s posted double-digit walk rates consistently across his minor league career. It’s not a high ceiling fantasy profile, but the steals can provide immense value and Turang may be able to produce as soon as 2023. Turang is currently slated to be the Opening Day second baseman.
7. Eric Brown Jr., 2B/SS
Age: 22/2022 Stats (Rk, A): 97 AB/.268 AVG/.385 OBP/.454 SLG/3 HR/19 SB/23 R/ 8 RBI
The Brewers selected Brown with the 27th overall pick this past summer. As a result, he only has 27 professional games to his name, most of which came at Low-A. And while it’s a small sample of a 22-year-old in the lower levels, Brown’s speed was on full display, swiping 19 bags. He profiles as a potential high-contact, base-stealing middle infielder with the potential for a little bit of pop. He’ll be 23 this season, so expect him to play across multiple levels.
8. Jefferson Quero, C
Age: 20/2022 Stats (A, A+): 367 AB/.286 AVG/.342 OBP/.439 SLG/10 HR/10 SB/54 R/57 RBI
Quero has gotten some buzz this offseason following a 2022 where he played across Low-A and High-A as a 19-year-old. He hit 10 home runs and stole 10 bases in 95 games, but don’t expect that type of speed production as he climbs into the higher level. Still, this could be a plus-hitting catcher with some power, so he’s one worth keeping an eye on heading into 2023. He has an aggressive plate approach that will need to be refined, especially against upper level pitching.
9. Jacob Misirowski, SP
Age: 20/2022 Stats (A): 1.2 IP/5.40 ERA/4.80 WHIP/3 SO
The Brewers used their 2022 second round pick on Misirowski, a 20-year-old from Crowder College. Misirowski towers at 6’7 and has a heater that touches the triple digits. He has less than two professional innings under his belt, so Misirowski will probably start 2023 in the lower level of the minors. Down there, he could dominate and earn a promotion quickly on stuff alone. He’s a few years away from seeing MLB action but he’s the highest upside pitcher in the Milwaukee system.
10. Tyler Black, OF
Age: 22/2022 Stats (A+): 231 AB/.281 AVG/.406 OBP/.424 SLG/4 HR/13 SB/45 R/13 SB
Black had a nice 2021 between Low-A and High-A. At the latter, the 21-year-old triple slashed .281/.406/.424 and swiped 13 bags in 64 games. Most impressively, he walked at 15.9% clip. The center fielder doesn’t have much power, though he could develop into a little more. Overall, Black’s approach and speed could profile well at the top of the order. It’ll be important to see if his elite walk numbers carry over into the upper minors in 2023.
11. Jadher Arienamo, SS
Age: 19/2022 Stats (Rk, A, A+): 250 AB/.288 AVG/.367 OBP/.376 SLG/1 HR/6 SB/47 R/33 RBI
Areinamo is name to watch in the Brewers system. It was only seven games, but the organization apparently though enough of the 18-year-old to give him a taste of High-A. Expect him to start the season there. The power was nonexistent in 2022, with just one home run in 69 games, but the shortstop doesn’t strike out and hits for a high average. If he grows into some pop this year, he could end up being the breakout prospect in the system in 2023.
12. Hendry Mendez, OF
Age: 19/2022 Stats (A): 377 AB/.244 AVG/.357 OBP/.318 SLG/5 HR/7 SB/47 R/39 RBI
Mendez spent the entirety of 2022 at Low-A, triple slashing .244/.357/.318 as an 18-year-old. Obviously, the power hasn’t shown up yet, but that will likely show up soon give his size. The nearly 14% walk rate is an encouraging trait that can hopefully carry over as he makes his climb through the minors, and if the balls start clearing the outfield wall then Mendez could shoot up this list.
13. Luis Lara, OF
Age: 18/2022 Stats (Rk): 200 AB/.260 AVG/.341 OBP/.385 SLG/2 HR/7 SB/39 R/21 RBI
Another exciting outfield prospect for the Brewers. Lara was a 2022 international signee and played in 59 DSL games, triple slashing .260/.341/.385, hitting two home runs while swiping seven bags, all as a 17-year-old. Milwaukee has proven to be aggressive with some of its exciting young talent in recent years, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lara at multiple levels in 2023 despite being in his age-18 season.
14. Robert Moore, 2B/SS
Age: 21/2022 Stats (Rk, A): 125 AB/.248 AVG/.343 OBP/.392 SLG/3 HR/7 SB/17 R/16 RBI
Milwaukee used a 2022 second round selection on Moore, a three-year player out of Arkansas. He profiles as a potential high-average, good speed middle infielder with middling power. He played in 30 games following the draft, but he should start the year at High-A.
15. Feddy Zamora, SS
Age: 24/2022 Stats (AA): 99 AB/.209 AVG/.270 OBP/.286 SLG/1 HR/4 SB/10 R/5 RBI
It’s been an unfortunate minor league career for Zamora. He was a second-round pick in 2020 and obviously logged zero professional games that season due to the pandemic, though he was recovering from a knee injury anyway. Then, following a statistically strong season across levels in 2021, Zamora injured his shoulder in 2022 and only played in 24 games, all at Double-A. If healthy, it’ll be interesting to see if Zamora can get back to his 2021 offensive form where he had a knack for getting on base and recording steals. He’s 24 now, though, and doesn’t have much experience in the upper minors.
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