Sean Halton (1B/OF)
Profile: Following Milwaukee’s game on Wednesday night, the Brewers announced that first baseman/outfielder Sean Halton had been promoted to take the roster spot of Scooter Gennett who was sent back to Nashville.
Drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 2009 draft, Halton began his professional career in ’09, splitting time between the Arizona Rookie League and Helena of the Pioneer League. He hit a combined .345 with 6 home runs and 45 RBI.
Milwaukee moved Halton to Class-A Wisconsin to begin the 2010 season. His time with the Timber Rattlers was short, playing in just 23 games before receiving a promotion to Brevard County. In 104 games with the Manatees, Halton hit .292 with 10 home runs.
Halton moved to Double-A Huntsville in 2011 and started to open some eyes, batting .298 in 116 games for the Stars. He had a career high 39 doubles and knocked in 65 runs in the pitching friendly Southern League.
The Brewers promoted Halton to Triple-A Nashville in 2012 and he continued to impress, batting .274 with a career high 17 home runs. In 119 games the big slugger recorded an OPS of .852. Halton hit .282 for the Brewers this spring and returned to Nashville to begin the 2013 season. Through 66 games, he was batting .288 with nine home runs and 35 RBI while transitioning to the outfield.
Strengths: Halton’s biggest strength is his power bat. He’s racked up 49 career home runs and 122 career doubles. As he’s progressed some of those doubles have turned in to long balls and there is even more room for growth. He has also maintained a solid batting average throughout his Minor League career, batting a combined .294 through five seasons.
Weaknesses: Halton was not seen as the Brewers first baseman of the future and was shifted to the outfield when Hunter Morris began the season at Nashville. He’s played 27 games in left field this season and 18 in right. Though he has committed just one error, his range is limited and he has a ways to go in his defensive development. Halton does not have a ton of speed and will strike out a bit. He hasn’t drawn a lot of walks in his career, but has improved in that area as he’s progressed.
The Future: With the Brewers hurting for outfielders at the Major League level, Halton may see some time in left field until Ryan Braun returns. He will also serve as a right-handed pinch hitter and may get thrown in to the mix at first base as well. Down the road he could be a nice back-up plan for the Brewers in the event that Hunter Morris doesn’t develop as they hope, or could be a fourth/fifth outfield option .