The Brewers have had a successful start to the 2021 season, they are currently in red-hot form and we recently gave three reasons why they are contenders. Today, we take a dive into the Milwaukee Brewers Prospects that have hit the ground running in the returning Minor League campaign. We previously looked at the Brewers’ Top 10 Prospects, but there has been an influx of new talent into the Top 30 Prospects for MLB Pipeline. We take a look at the Milwaukee Brewers prospects who have started off strong.
Milwaukee Brewers Prospects: From AAA to Low-A
Aaron Ashby – Nashville Sounds (AAA)
The Pitcher of the Week award comes after an electrifying sole start against Charlotte. Although he was tagged with the loss, his 7 innings saw 11 strikeouts and just 2 hits. This bumped up his strikeouts/9 up to 12.69 for the campaign, despite just starting 6 times in Triple-A.
With above-average grade pitches in regards to his fastball, changeup and slider, Ashby has been a joy to watch after the cancellation of the 2020 campaign. The Brewers’ pitching has been strong to start 2021, however, there are signs that Ashby could be utilized in some capacity in the near future. He has proved at Triple-A to be a threat, maybe it won’t be long until he reaches the Majors.
Brice Turang – Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
We continue with the player ranked Number 2 in the Milwaukee Brewers Prospects list, the lefty infielder Brice Turang. He started off slowly to the 2021 campaign, but has recently exploded on to the scene. Currently averaging .297 with 18 RBI, his 6 games in June alone has seen him average .393.
Drafted in 2018, Turang was the top guy in the Milwaukee Brewers Prospects list until the draft of Garrett Mitchell. However, this has been a blessing for Turang, who has shown continued improvement in the early stages of 2021. With a hitting grade of 60, Turang has regularly hit the baseball consistently. However, he has lacked the power to really make a big impact at the plate. There may be more emphasis on Mitchell’s power at the plate, but Turang still ranks as one of the best hitters in the system.
With 2B/SS being hot commodities, Turang certainly has the fielding tools to match his hitting tools. If he can continue the way he has started 2021, then there may be a slot in the Brewers’ main roster in the near future. The Brewers recently picked up Willy Adames to fill in at SS, but defensively they haven’t been solid in the infield in 2021.
One of the standout Milwaukee Brewers Prospects of 2021, Korry Howell has been impressive in the early stages of the season. Averaging .319 with 7 HRs and 20 RBI, Howell has really come on strong after a slow 2019. The third prospect on the list to be drafted in 2018, Howell’s batting average has been decent but has yet to add another side to his game.
Fast forward to 2021, and Howell has honed his ability to hit home runs. 7 already in his first 30 games this season is a huge improvement on his previous 2 in 119 games. He is evidently more comfortable at the plate and able to utilize his power potential and size.
Joe Gray Jr. – Carolina Mudcats (Low-A)
The 2018 Draft class are certainly starting to make themselves known this season. The 4th one on the list was drafted in the 2nd Round. Currently plying his trade in Carolina, it is Joe Gray Jr.’s first season outside of Rookie levels, but don’t let that fool you.
Averaging a solid .316 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI, Gray has certainly showed his potential at the plate, plus his ability to hit for contact and power. 2021 has been somewhat of a surprise with Gray’s form, especially as his 2 seasons in Rookie ended with .182 and .164 batting averages, plus 5 home runs in those 2 seasons.
This is largely in part due to his 17 game hitting streak, plus his talents both at the plate and between the bases. 7 stolen bases this season has also turned him into one of the hottest Milwaukee Brewers Prospects so far this season.
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