Thoughts on prospects
Jim Breen of Bernie’s Crew, who recently had a Best.Day.Ever., takes a look at the composite rankings of Brewers Prospects. That would be the top ten prospects in the Milwaukee system as rated by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com, and The Hardball Times.
Click through for the math and stuff.
Meanwhile over at Brew Crew Ball, Kyle has a post titled: Rebuilding from Within: Eight Players Who Could Improve the Brewers Organizational Rankings.
Head over for the Kyle’s thoughts on former Rattlers, Taylor Green, Eric Arnett, Kentrail Davis, and Cutter Dykstra. Also included are Zelous Wheeler and Logan Schafer.
The excerpts below involve possible future Rattlers Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg:
When Dylan Covey didn’t sign, Nelson became the Brewers’ top remaining pick in the 2010 draft. Even before signing, Nelson was a little controversial: There was a brief uproar when it was discovered that a pre-draft scouting report compared him to Jeff Suppan. There doesn’t appear to be much to the comparison, though: Nelson throws much harder (can hit 96) and appears to be able to strike batters out.Obviously, we don’t have much of a sample size to analyze at this point with Nelson, who made just 12 appearances (six starts) for Helena after signing. But he’s a likely candidate to open the season in Wisconsin and if he continues striking out batters at his early pace, he’ll climb the prospect rankings pretty quickly.Like Jimmy Nelson, Thornburg is a 2010 draft pick who hasn’t spent much time in the organization yet. But, despite the fact that he was drafted after Nelson, Thornburg was dominant in his brief time with the H-Brewers and has drawn a much more favorable comparison: I’ve seen Tim Lincecum’s name come up in conversations about him several times now.Like Nelson, Thornburg is expected to open the season in Wisconsin, and if he’s successful there good news will likely travel fast.