116 (1) July 22

Milwaukee Brewers Top 40 Prospect Rankings

Shortstop Orlando Arcia is hitting .276 with 43 runs scored in 86 games this season.  (Photo: Brad Krause)

Shortstop Orlando Arcia is hitting .276 with 43 runs scored in 86 games this season. (Photo: Brad Krause)

With the MLB draft in June and the addition of young Dominican infielder Gilbert Lara earlier this month, the Brewers have brought some exciting new prospects in to the organization recently.

With that in mind, we decided to update our prospect rankings and this time we expanded from a Top 25 list to a Top 40.

Each of our eight voters submitted their list of players ranked 1-40. 40 points were given for a first place vote with one point going for a 40th place vote and the points were tallied up to come up with our cumulative rankings.

Here are the results with the total number of votes received listed in parentheses.

1. Jimmy Nelson – RHP (318) – Nelson was recently promoted to Milwaukee and inserted in to the starting rotation, so this may be his last appearance on our rankings and he goes out on top, collecting six of eight first place votes and two second place votes. In 17 appearances at Nashville – 16 starts – Nelson went 10-2 with a 1.46 earned run average and struck out 111 in 114 innings. (Last ranking: #1)

2. Tyrone Taylor – OF (311) – The 20-year-old Taylor could land the top spot on our list when Nelson graduates after putting up solid numbers at Brevard County this season. He took the other two first place votes and finished second on three ballots and third on the other three. Through 91 games, Taylor is batting .278 and has racked up 41 extra-base hits, including 33 doubles. He has scored 56 runs and struck out just 40 times in 395 plate appearances. (Last ranking: #2)

3. Orlando Arcia – SS (307) – Arcia enjoyed a terrific month of June, hitting .337 with his first three home runs of the year. At just 19 years old, the talented shortstop is batting .276 this season through 86 games at High-A Brevard County. He ranked either second or third on every ballot, being voted second on three and third on the other five. (Last ranking: #3)

4. Mitch Haniger – OF (286) – Haniger has been out of action for the past month with an elbow injury but still managed to leap past Clint Coulter and Devin Williams back up in to the number four spot. At Double-A Huntsville this season, Haniger was batting .263 with ten home runs and 34 runs batted in. He wound up ranking as high as #4 and as low as #7. (Last ranking: #6)

5. Clint Coulter – C (277) – Coulter fell one spot in the rankings as he cooled off at the plate in recent weeks, but he’s still hitting .261 with 16 home runs for the season and carries an OPS of .903 through 88 games. It sounds more and more like Coulter will move out from behind the plate, as his bat is far ahead of his development as a catcher and the injury/fatigue factor that goes along with catching might not be worth it. Opinions still vary on Coulter, as he finished as high as #4 on three ballots and as low as #10 on one ballot. (Last ranking: #4)

6. Monte Harrison – OF (273) – The highest ranked 2014 draftee, Harrison ranked fifth on a pair of ballots and as low as 11th on another. Through 23 games in the Arizona League, Harrison is hitting .263. He’s stolen 15 bases in 16 attempts and has scored a team high 17 runs.(Last ranking: NR)

7. Devin Williams – RHP (268) – The results haven’t shown up for Williams just yet, but scouts are still high on his stuff and hopes are that the numbers will start to improve as his development continues. Through seven appearances at Helena, Williams has a record of 2-4 with a 6.03 earned run average. He finished ranked as high as 4th and as low as 11th. (Last ranking: #5)

8. Kodi Medeiros – LHP (259) – Opinions were split on the Brewers first-round pick this year, as Medeiros ranked as high as 4th on one ballot but as low as 16th on another. He’s made just two appearances for the Brewers AZL affiliate in Maryvale, allowing two earned runs in 2.2 innings of work, walking five and striking out four. (Last ranking: NR)

9. Gilbert Lara – 3B (256) – Lara finished just behind Medeiros with similar fluctuation sitting at #4 in one ranking but at #15 in another. Not much is known about the 16-year-old Dominican product, but the fact that the Brewers were willing to invest over $3 million to sign him says they are high on his potential. Lara will participate in the Brewers instructional league this fall in Arizona. (Last ranking: NR)

10. Victor Roache – OF (254) – It’s been a struggle for Roache this season at Brevard County, where he’s batting just .214 with 90 strikeouts in 80 games. He does lead the club with 11 home runs and his 33 runs batted in are fourth on the team. Roache wound up as high as 5th on one ballot and as low as 12th on another. The most popular spot for the slugger was #11 where he appeared on four of the eight ballots. (Last ranking: #8)

Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has made 12 appearances for Triple-A Nashville since being promoted in May.  (Photo: Brad Krause)

Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has made 12 appearances for Triple-A Nashville since being promoted in May. (Photo: Brad Krause)

11. Jake Gatewood – SS (252) – Another 2014 draftee, Gatewood is a high risk, high reward type player who has gotten off to a slow start so far in the AZL. Through 22 games, the 18-year-old shortstop is hitting .174 and his lone home run was of the inside-the-park variety. His highest ranking was #6 with his lowest coming in at #13. (Last ranking: NR)

12. Taylor Jungmann – RHP (228) – Jungmann got off to a strong start to the season, earning a promotion to Triple-A Nashville. Since joining the Sounds, his results have been a mixed bag. Jungmann has a record of 4-5 at Nashville with a 5.64 earned run average. He tumbled from the #7 spot in our previous ranking, finishing anywhere from 7th to 17th in our most recent results. (Last ranking: #7)

13. Jorge Lopez – RHP (213) – The Brewers representative in the Futures Game, Lopez climbed the list despite the addition of the new draft picks, moving up five spots from our last ranking. He finished as high as 9th and as low as 23rd on one ballot. Lopez has made 17 starts for Brevard County this season and has a record of 8-5 with an earned run average of 3.54. (Last ranking: #18)

14. Michael Reed – OF (208) – Reed doesn’t do one thing that really stands out, but he is a reliable, consistent talent in the outfield. In 72 games at Brevard County this season, Reed is batting .252 and has 21 stolen bases. The 21-year-old Texan finished as high as #11 and as low as #17. (Last ranking: #10)

15. Hunter Morris – 1B (202) – Morris is currently on the disabled list at Triple-A Nashville after fracturing his right wrist at the end of June. At the time of his injury, the former fourth-round pick out of Auburn was hitting .274 with ten home runs and 37 runs batted in. He ranked anywhere between 11th and 20th on the ballots submitted. (Last ranking: #9)

16. Tyler Wagner – RHP (197) – The ace of the Brevard County pitching staff this season, it’s a bit surprising to still see Wagner in the Florida State League. His 9-4 record and 1.71 ERA should warrant a bump to Double-A Huntsville at some point. He was ranked #13 by three different voters but was listed as low as #22 on another ballot. (Last ranking: #14)

17. David Denson – 1B (188) – Opinions still remain split on Denson who wound up as high as #13 and as low as #28. The power-hitting first baseman made his way back to the diamond after missing time with a broken hamate bone and re-joined Class-A Wisconsin this past week. The 19-year-old is hitting .242 with four home runs through 37 games for the Timber Rattlers this season. (Last ranking: #15)

18. Jed Bradley – LHP (166) – The 24-year-old Bradley has bounced back this season after struggling since being drafted by the Brewers in the first round in 2011. In nine starts since being promoted to Double-A Huntsville, Bradley has a record of 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA. He ranked 13th on a pair of ballots with a low of 29th on one ballot. (Last ranking: #12)

19. Tucker Neuhaus – 3B (157) – Neuahus has slipped in some rankings more than others, finishing as high as #15 and as low as #32. The Brewers had high hopes for Neuhaus when they selected him in the second round last season, but the numbers haven’t been there for the 19-year-old third baseman yet. In 26 games at Helena, he’s hitting just .184. On a bright note, more than half of his 19 hits have been extra-base hits, as he’s collected eight doubles and two home runs. (Last ranking: #11)

20. Chris McFarland – 2B (154) – The 21-year-old McFarland has been much improved in his second stint in the Midwest League. He’s hovering around the .300 mark at the plate, and has shown increased power with six home runs in 63 games. He’s also stolen 21 bases in 27 attempts. McFarland ranked as high as #16 and as low as #33. The most popular spot for the young Texan was #22 where he finished on three ballots. (Last ranking: #19)

21. Jason Rogers – 3B (142) – Rogers moved up to Triple-A and moved up in our rankings as well, climbing eight spots. He’s handled the jump fairly well, hitting .270 with three home runs and 13 runs batted in through his first 20 games with Nashville. His highest ranking was #15 and his lowest was #33. (Last ranking: 29)

22. Ariel Pena – RHP (138) – As has been the case through much of his career, Pena has had an up-and-down 2014 campaign. He has a record of 6-6 with a 4.62 ERA in 19 appearances. Pena has struck out 102 batters in 97.1 innings of work, but has also issued 59 walks. He was ranked as high as #12 by one voter, but went unranked on one ballot as well. (Last ranking: #23)

23. David Goforth – RHP (119) – Serving as the Huntsville closer, Goforth has racked up 21 saves this season. He has a 2.77 ERA in 40 relief appearances, allowing 15 earned runs in 48.2 innings. Goforth’s best ranking was #15 and he was unranked on one ballot. (Last ranking: #17)

24. Nick Delmonico – 3B (110) – Delmonico fell 11 spots and could tumble even further by the next rankings. He missed all of Spring Training and the early part of the season due to personal issues before joining Brevard in May. He put up decent numbers when he was on the field, hitting .262 with four home runs in 37 games, but played sporadically and was recently placed on the temporary inactive list. Delmonico’s highest ranking was #18 and his lowest was #33. (Last ranking: #13)

25. Tyler Cravy – RHP (106) – Cravy enjoyed a breakout season for Double-A Huntsville, going 8-1 and earning a spot on the Southern League All-Star team. He also received a promotion to Nashville, but appeared in just one game for the Sounds before landing on the disabled list. Cravy’s highest ranking was #20. He went unranked on one ballot. (Last ranking: #20)

26. Nick Ramirez – 1B (99) – Serving as the everyday first baseman at Huntsville this season, Ramirez is hitting .251 with a team leading 16 home runs. Strikeouts remain an issue however, as the left-handed hitting Ramirez has punched out 108 times in 98 games. He was ranked as high as #21 on a pair of ballots and was left off of one ballot. (Last ranking: #26)

27. Johnny Hellweg – RHP (96) – Out of sight, out of mind, Hellweg continues to fall down lists. After having Tommy John surgery, Hellweg’s highest ranking was #25 and his lowest was #38. With no options remaining and unlikely to be ready by opening day 2015, it will be interesting to see what the Brewers do with Hellweg when next season rolls around. (Last ranking: #16)

28. Shawn Zarraga – C (80) – Coming from seemingly out of nowhere, Zarraga posted an incredible .480 on base percentage in 58 games at Huntsville. That earned him a promotion to Triple-A in late June, where he’s been sharing catching duties with veteran Matt Pagnozzi. Zarraga finished as high as #12 on one ballot, but was left off of three ballots. (Last ranking: NR)

Shortstop Yadiel Rivera is batting .280 since his promotion to Double-A Huntsville.  (Photo: Brad Krause)

Shortstop Yadiel Rivera is batting .280 with six doubles since his promotion to Double-A Huntsville in June. (Photo: Brad Krause)

29. D’Vontrey Richardson – OF (78) – Richardson has battled with several injuries this season, making a couple of trips to disabled list, and had been heating up before his most recent stint on the DL. For the season, the talented center fielder is hitting .239 with five home runs and 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts. Richardson’s highest ranking was #19 and he was left off a pair of ballots. (Last ranking: #22)

30. Damien Magnifico – RHP (75) – The hard-throwing Magnifico fell nine spots, checking in at #27 on three ballots. He did not appear on one. In 18 starts at Brevard County, Magnifico has a record of 6-5 with a 3.77 earned run average. (Last ranking: #21)

31. Yadiel Rivera – SS (68) – Rivera’s offense has actually improved since his promotion to Double-A Huntsville. Through 23 games with the Stars, the 22-year-old shortstop is batting .280 with six doubles and a triple. His best ranking was #24 and he appeared on seven of eight ballots. (Last ranking #32)

32. Taylor Williams – RHP (60) – Williams has enjoyed much success in his first full season. The 5’11″ righty from Kent State has a record of 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 20 appearances. He showed up on five of eight ballots, with his highest ranking coming at #17. (Last ranking: #31)

33. Drew Gagnon – RHP (58) – Gagnon has flown under the radar this season at Huntsville, but is quietly putting together a very nice season. He has a record of 7-4 with a 3.20 earned run average in 21 starts. He appeared on four of eight ballots, ranking as high as #22. (Last ranking: #24)

34. Cameron Garfield – C (55) – Garfield’s offense has been solid in his second stint in the FSL, hitting .253 through 71 games, but his defense has greatly improved, helping Brevard pitchers to a league best 2.94 ERA and throwing out 36% of potential base stealers. He was ranked by four of eight voters, showing up as high as #25 on a pair of ballots. (Last ranking: #25)

35. Hobbs Johnson – LHP (43) – The left-handed Johnson has thrived in a starting role for the Manatees this season. Starting 16 of the 17 games he has appeared in, the former North Carolina Tar Heel has a record of 9-6 with a 2.80 ERA. Johnson appeared on three ballots, ranking as high as #22. (Last ranking: #28)

36. Nicolas Pierre – OF (38) – Prior to the Brewers signing Gilbert Lara this season, Pierre represented one of the Brewers biggest international signings. He won’t turn 18 until November and is hitting .256 with three home runs in the DSL this season. Pierre showed up on four of eight ballots with his highest ranking coming at #29. (Last ranking: NR)

37. Dustin DeMuth – 3B (36) – A fifth-round pick of the Brewers this season, DeMuth made short work of the Pioneer League, earning a promotion to Wisconsin. He’s struggled early on in the Midwest League, hitting just .212 through his first ten games. DeMuth was ranked on five ballots, with his highest ranking coming in at #27. (Last ranking: NR)

38. Brandon Diaz – OF (35) – Diaz got off to a fast start at Helena, hitting .333 in the month of June. He’s cooled off a bit since then, but still carries a .271 average and has shown surprising pop, hitting four home runs in 29 games. Diaz appeared on four ballots, checking in at a high of #28. (Last ranking: NR)

39. Troy Stokes – OF (34) – Drafted by the Brewers in the fourth round this season, Stokes has served as the Brewers leadoff hitter in the AZL, hitting .209 with 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. He was listed on four ballots with his highest ranking coming at #23. (Last ranking: NR)

40. Franly Mallen – SS (28) – Like Pierre, Mallen also signed last July for $800,000 as a 16-year-old. Having just turned 17 in May, Mallen is one of the youngest players in the DSL. He’s struggled some defensively, committing 21 errors in 38 games so far this year. He was ranked by five of eight voters, with his highest ranking coming at #31. (Last ranking: NR)

Others receiving votes: Cy Sneed – RHP (19), Kentrail Davis – OF (17), Jose Pena – OF (17), Nelson Hernandez – RHP (15), Hector Gomez – SS (14), Johnny Davis – OF (14), Garrett Cooper – 1B (15), Brent Suter – LHP (12), Anthony Banda – LHP (7), Barrett Astin – RHP (7), Joantgel Segovia – OF (7), Omar Garcia – OF (6), Sthervin Matos – 3B (5), Carlos Belonis – OF (5), Josh Uhen – RHP (5), Yerald Martinez – OF (5), Javi Salas – RHP (4), Julio Mendez – SS (3), Elvis Rubio – OF (3), Zach Quintana – RHP (2), Gregory Munoz – 2B (2), Yosmer Leal – RHP (2)

Our plan is to do one more ranking after the minor league seasons wrap up in September. We’ll try to get another mailbag together sometime over the course of the next week as well to answer some questions that our readers may have regarding our Top 40 list, so if you’d like to submit a question for the mailbag, please email us at millerparkprospects@gmail.com.

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