Milwaukee Brewers Top 40 Prospect Rankings

Orlando Arcia

Orlando Arcia

With the first two months of the 2016 season in the books and the MLB Draft fast approaching, we recently asked some of our writers to submit updated lists for our latest prospect rankings. To nobody’s surprise, Colorado Springs shortstop Orlando Arcia was the unanimous choice for the number one spot again, but there was some movement among the rest of the list. We’ll look to do a post-draft/trade deadline ranking in a few months, but for now here’s a look at our current updated rankings.

1. Orlando Arcia (SS) – The top prospect on all six ballots, Arcia has lived up to his billing for the most part this season, hitting .290 with four doubles, three triples and four home runs for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

2. Brett Phillips (OF) – Phillips ranked second on three of six ballots with his lowest appearance coming at number five. Through 39 games for Double-A Biloxi, he is batting .268 with seven home runs and 28 runs batted in.

3. Trent Clark (OF) – Ranked as high as #2 by one voter and not lower than #4 on any ranking, Clark edged out Josh Hader for the three spot. The 2015 first round pick was batting .220/.396/.415 for Wisconsin before a hamstring injury put him on the shelf.

4. Josh Hader (LHP) – Hader checked in at number two on a pair of ballots with his lowest ranking coming at number six. In ten Double-A starts, the 22-year-old lefty has an ERA of 0.88 with 65 punchouts in 51 innings of work.

5. Jorge Lopez (RHP) – After a breakout 2015 season, Lopez has struggled pitching in Colorado Springs this season going 1-3 with a 6.20 ERA in ten starts. Hi highest ranking came at #3 with his lowest being at #6 on a pair of ballots.

6. Gilbert Lara (SS) – Lara was ranked at number five by three different voters, with his lowest appearance coming at #8. He’s been working in extended spring training and should join Helen when their season opens in a few weeks.

7. Cody Ponce (RHP) – Showing up between #6 and #9 on all six ballots, Ponce has yet to make his 2016 debut but shouldn’t be out much longer, providing a spark for High-A Brevard County upon his return.

8. Jacob Nottingham (C) – Acquired from Oakland this past offseason, Nottingham ranked as high as #7 and as low as #12. He got off to a slow start for Biloxi but has turned things around in recent weeks, bumping his season average to .238 with four home runs.

9. Kodi Medeiros (LHP) – The Brewers first pick in 2014, Medeiros has had an up and down season for High-A Brevard. Through ten starts he is 2-5 with a 6.35 ERA but has managed to strike out more than a batter per inning of work.

10. Isan Diaz (SS) – Acquired from Arizona this past offseason, Diaz has shown flashes, but has gotten off to a slow start for Low-A Wisconsin, hitting .204 through 48 games. He ranked as high as #9 and as low as #12.

11. Monte Harrison (OF) – After a strong spring, Harrison has struggled once again at Wisconsin, batting only .182 through his first 43 games. His highest ranking came at #6 with his lowest coming in at #15.

12. Tyrone Taylor (OF) – Taylor’s highest ranking came at #11 with his lowest at #17. Repeating Double-A in 2016, Taylor has yet to take the step forward Milwaukee had hoped, batting just .213 through his first 48 games.

13. Devin Williams (RHP) – Williams got a late start to his season and has appeared in just four games since re-joining Wisconsin, going 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA. He showed up as high as #7 and as low as #15.

14. Jake Gatewood (3B) – Gatewood has found his power stroke with the Timber Rattlers, racking up 11 doubles and 7 home runs through 49 games but opinions remain split on him. He came in as high as #9 on one ballot and as low as #18 on another.

Marcos Diplan

Marcos Diplan

15. Marcos Diplan (RHP) – Diplan has put up fantastic numbers for Wisconsin so far this season, going 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA in ten outings. His highest ranking came at #8 with his lowest being at #18.

16. Victor Roache (OF) – Roache began to re-establish himself as a prospect with a strong start to the season for Double-A Biloxi, but has cooled off some, currently batting .252 with four home runs. His high point came at #13 with his low being #21.

17. Demi Orimoloye (OF) – Toiling away in extended spring training in Arizona, Orimoloye showed up at #15 on a pair of ballots with his low ranking coming at #18. He should join Helena’s team in the Pioneer League later in June.

18. Clint Coulter (OF) – Coulter continues to tumble down the rankings after a slow start to the season in Brevard. With an average barely hovering over .200 and just two home runs, Coulter showed up anywhere between #14 and #19 on all six ballots cast.

19. Michael Reed (OF) – Reed is batting just .223 through 38 Triple-A games for Colorado Springs, but has drawn 28 walks in 38 games for a respectable .366 on base percentage. He finished anywhere from 14th to 24t on ballots cast.

20. Nathan Kirby (LHP) – Out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Kirby continues to rehab in Arizona showing up between #18 and #23 on all ballots cast.

21. Taylor Williams (RHP) – Another pitching prospect who is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery last season, Williams was ranked between 21 and 23 on every ballot.

22. Yadiel Rivera (INF) – After starting the season in the big leagues with the Brewers, Rivera was sent down to Colorado Springs in May and is batting .286 through 13 games with the Sky Sox. His highest ranking came at #20 with his lowest at #25.

23. Keon Broxton (OF) – Broxton has yo-yo’d between Milwaukee and Colorado Springs in the early part of 2016, playing well at AAA but struggling with inconsistent playing time in the majors. His high ranking game at #20 with his low at #32.

24. Trey Supak (RHP) – Acquired along with Broxton from Pittsburgh in the offseason, Supak has been working in extended spring training in Arizona and should be a part of Helena’s pitching staff in a few weeks. He showed up on ballots anywhere between #23 and #31.

25. Miguel Diaz (RHP) – Diaz has electric stuff but the results haven’t come for him quite yet as Class-A Wisconsin. In ten appearances he is 0-5 with a 4.71 ERA. He ranked as high as #19 and as low as #36.

26. Adrian Houser (RHP) – It’s been a rough go of it for Houser at Biloxi this season, where he has a record of 2-5 with a 6.65 ERA in nine starts. His highest ranking came at #22 with his lowest at #34.

27. Bubba Derby (RHP) – Picked up in an offseason trade with Oakland, Derby has started ten games for High-A Brevard, going 4-3 with a 4.05 ERA. He ranked at #28 on four different ballots and did not appear on one.

Freddy Peralta

Freddy Peralta

28. Freddy Peralta (RHP) – The 19-year-old Peralta has been part of a terrific tandem for the Timber Rattlers, going 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA in ten appearances. His highest ranking came at #20 and he was left off of one ballot.

29. Damien Magnifico (RHP) – Serving as the primary closer for Colorado Springs, Magnifico has converted nine of ten save opportunities, posting a 1.93 ERA. He was ranked on five of six ballots, coming in as high as #27.

30. Garin Cecchini (3B) – Cecchini has been playing both first and third base for Colorado Springs, hitting .279 with three home runs through 41 games. Cecchini showed up on five ballots, with his highest ranking coming at #25.

31. Nash Walters (RHP) – Another youngster working in extended spring training, Walters should join the pitching mix in Helena when they open up in a few weeks. He was ranked as high as #25 by one voter while not receiving votes from two others.

32. Javier Betancourt (2B/SS) – A versatile infielder acquired from Detroit in the offseason, Betancourt is hitting .234 in 43 games for Biloxi. His highest ranking came at #25 while he didn’t appear on two other lists.

33. Brandon Woodruff (RHP) – Woodruff forced his way to Double-A with a strong start to the season with High-A Brevard County. He showed up on only three of six lists submitted with his highest ranking coming at #27.

34. Chris McFarland (2B) – The 23-year-old McFarland is batting .211 with a pair of home runs for Double-A Biloxi through 41 games this season. He showed up on three of six ballots with his highest spot coming at #24.

35. Franly Mallen (2B) – Mallen has been part of the Brewers group working in extended in Maryvale over the past several weeks and should head to Helena when they open up. He was ranked on three lists, with his highest appearance at #26

36. Joantgel Segovia (OF) – Segovia is back in action in extended spring training in Arizona after having his 2015 season cut short due to injury. He showed up on three of six ballots with his highest ranking coming at #26.

37. David Denson (1B) – Denson has finally started to show some signs of life in his third stint in the Midwest League. Through 42 games he’s batting .284 with four home runs. He showed up on four of six ballots, with his highest spot being #31.

38. Jose Sibrian (C) – The Brewers biggest July 2nd signing last season, Sibrian has received some work in Arizona and could open there or head to the Dominican to play in the DSL. He appeared on three of six ballots, showing upa s high as #32.

39. Nicolas Pierre (OF) – Another of the Brewers young Dominican talents, Pierre has also been in Maryvale for extended spring training and should head to Helena shortly. He was only on two lists, but came in at #27 on one of them.

40. Tucker Neuhaus (2B) – Neuhaus was off to a strong start at Wisconsin, hitting .270 through his first eight games before injuring a finger that landed him on the DL. He ranked at #33 on a pair of ballots

Others receiving votes (In alphabetical order): Jacob Barnes (RHP), Yhonathan Barrios (RHP), Carlos Belonis (OF), David Burkhalter (RHP), Malik Collymore (OF), Garrett Cooper (1B), Dustin Houle (C), Zack Jones (LHP), Rymer Liriano (OF), Carlos Luna (RHP), Max McDowell (C), Daniel Missaki (RHP), Nate Orf (INF), Angel Ortega (SS), Ignacio Otano (SS), Tyrone Perry (1B), Elvis Rubio (OF), Javi Salas (RHP), Josh Uhen (RHP), Jordan Yamamoto (RHP)

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