The Milwaukee Brewers sent eight of their prospects to play for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. Here is a quick recap of how each of those prospects did, and what that means for their future with the Brewers and in the MLB.
1. Keston Hiura, 2B (Midseason rank: 1)
.323/.371/.563 with 5 home runs, 33 RBI and seven steals
Hiura showed exactly why he is Milwaukee’s top prospect, and one of the top hitting prospects in all of baseball. He lead Peoria in virtually every offensive statistic, and further cemented himself as a candidate to be wearing a Brewers uniform in 2019.
2. Trent Grisham, OF (Midseason rank: 12)
.150/.301/.233 with one home run, 6 RBI
It was a rough go of things in the AFL for Grisham, who only managed to go 9-for-60 with 13 walks and 25 strikeouts. Grisham’s prospect status is fading, after he only hit .233 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases last season. He’s still just 22, but a poor performance in the AFL didn’t help his case much. In a system crowded with outfielders, Grisham is in danger of getting overlooked.
3. Mario Feliciano, C (Midseason rank: 14)
Only played in two games
Feliciano only played in two games in the AFL, thanks to an injury. He only played in 46 games last season, and his 35.8% strikeout rate is quite concerning. Another prospect for the Brewers who is trending in the wrong direction.
4. Bubba Derby, RHP (Midseason rank: N/R)
4.78 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 18/9 K/BB ratio
Derby lead the Javelinas in starts and innings pitched, although his results were rather middling. Derby split time as a starter and a reliever in Triple-A last season, and projects as a middle reliever in the show – a future that could be right around the corner for the 24-year-old.
5. Weston Wilson, 1B (Midseason rank: N/R)
.375/.455/.583 with two home runs, seven RBI and two steals
Wilson hit the stuffing out of the ball in his 48 at bats with Peoria this Fall. A 17th rounder back in 2016, Wilson had a nice season last year – hitting .274 with 13 home runs and seven steals at High-A and earning a brief cameo at Double-A Biloxi. Wilson is still a ways away from being a relevant prospect, but his nice combo of home runs and steals is worth keeping an eye on. At 24, he will need to show big strides, likely up to Triple-A next year, to avoid being a non-prospect due to his age. His showing in Arizona certainly helps.
6. Daniel Brown, LHP (Midseason rank: N/R)
3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 17/4 K/BB ratio
Brown impressed in his 12 innings in Arizona, posting a gaudy 17/4 K/BB ratio and only giving up eight hits. He was victimized by a pair of home runs, but still looked solid. He struggled with his command last season, but the 2016 seventh round pick still looks like a potential bullpen piece down the line.
7. Jon Olczak, RHP (Midseason rank: N/R)
1.50 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 13/5 K/BB ratio
Olczak had an excellent season with Double-A Biloxi, and parlayed that into a nice 12 inning showing in Arizona. He is a potential Rule 5 candidate after being left off the 40-man roster by the Brewers, and could attract some attention after his 10-3 W-L record and 1.44 ERA last season.
8. Miguel Sanchez, RHP (Midseason rank: N/R)
3.60 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8/3 K/BB ratio
Sanchez only threw 10 innings down in Arizona, but the right-hander had a strong enough 2018 season to merit consideration on prospects lists. He threw 64.1 innings last season, striking out a whopping 95 hitters with just 22 walks and a tidy 2.52 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Sanchez could be a nice bullpen arm down the line.
Featured image of Keston Hiura – via FoxSports Wisconsin