Guys I missed in my Top 50
I’m providing some updates on the guys I listed in my February update of players of interest that did not make my Brewers Top 50 list. I’ve now added rankings to help keep things in order with a brief update on how and where they’ve started 2017.
Jordan Yamamoto RHP
Age: 20 (DOB: 5/11/1996)
Yamamoto started the year at high A and pitched well in his one start (6IP, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). He will fight for starts and innings in a very exciting Mudcats rotation including Medeiros, Ponce, Diplan and Peralta and eventually Phil Bickford.
Zach Brown, RHP
Age: 22 (DOB: 12/15/1994)
Brown started back in low A Wisconsin but has only had one start so far. He was hittable but struck out 8 in 4 IP. Will continue to watch his progress as part of the Timber Rattlers rotation with Trey Supak and Braden Webb.
Josh Pennington, RHP
Age: 21 (DOB: 7/6/1995)
On the MiLB DL, Pennington has not pitched this year.
Gabriel Garcia, 1B/3B
Age: 19 (DOB: 12/16/1997)
Garcia did not get moved to a full season league so he’s not started his season yet.
Weston Wilson, 3B
Age: 22 (DOB: 9/11/1994)
Sent straight to high A Carolina to start the season, it’s been a struggle so far in 49 PA’s with a .167/.265/.190 slash line. Wilson is primarily a 3B but Lucas Erceg will get the most time there so Wilson has seen time at both corner infield spots, right field and even a game at second base.
Brent Suter, LHP
Age: 27 (DOB: 8/29/1989)
Suter made the big league team out of camp and with the exception of one poor outing that skews his overall numbers, he has been effective. He’ll sit in a low leverage position in the Brewer bullpen for now. With early season struggles in the bullpen he’ll get opportunities to improve his stock.
Aaron Wilkerson, RHP
Age: 27 (DOB: 5/24/1989)
Wilkerson got a look in spring training with 6 IP and did OK but was sent to AA Biloxi to be part of a rotation. He’s fared well with a 3.26 ERA in 4 starts striking out batters at a 11.6 K/9 pace.
Joantgel Segovia, OF
Age: 20 (DOB: 11/8/1996)
Segovia progressed from Rookie league to Class A in Wisconsin this season patrolling outfield with more celebrated prospects Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye. He’s started slowly with a .170/.214/.170 slash line in 56 PA. He’s better than that so I expect him to turn things around and will eventually be worth watching.
Payton Henry, C
Age: 19 (DOB: 6/24/1997)
Henry was not moved to a full season league so he’s not started his season yet.
Adrian Houser, RHP
Age: 24 (DOB: 2/2/1993)
Also on the MiLB DL, Houser has not pitched yet this season. He is expected to return to AA Biloxi rotation.
Yhonathan Barrios, RHP
Age: 25 (DOB: 12/1/1991)
Another DL’d player to start the season, Barrios has not pitched yet. Expected to be reliever in AAA Colorado Springs when he’s ready to pitch.
Tristan Archer, RHP
Age: 26 (DOB: 10/18/1990)
Archer has worked this season as minor league bullpen depth, starting in the AA Biloxi bullpen, getting a look in 5 games at AAA Colorado Springs, now sent back to AA. He’s been OK pitching in middle relief, but still hittable.
Wendell Rijo, MI
Age: 21 (DOB: 9/4/1995)
Rijo is giving it another go in A+ this year. He’s more appropriately placed on his age this season but it’s been tough so far (.133/.409/.200) in limited work (22 PA). He’s been moved off shortstop in favor of Isan Diaz so his bat will need to improve.
Forrest Snow, RHP
Age: 28 (DOB: 12/30/1988)
Snow has been pitching as a middle reliever in the AA Biloxi bullpen to a 6.57 ERA in 12.1 IP. Not much to see here.
Steve Kohlscheen, RHP
Age: 28 (DOB: 9/20/1988)
Kohlscheen is getting battered so far in AAA Colorado Springs in 8 relief innings. He has had success in the Pacific Coast League before. As noted in my earlier write-up, not really the kind of prospect that I get excited about. This will be my last Steve Kohlscheen update.
Article featured image of Jordan Yamamoto – courtesy of MLBPipeline.com