Welcome back. I figured it was time to get back to work.
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The Field Renovaion project is moving along well. The trenches for irrigation are being dug. The outfield grass and warning track will be next. Here are a few pictures from today.
You can check out the live YouTube feed here. To see how much progress has been made, here are the time lapse videos from week 1 and week 2.
Baseball America is steadily releasing the Top 20 Prospects in each of the minor leagues. They have already covered the Arizona League and the Pioneer League. The Milwaukee Brewers have affiliates in both leagues and prospects on both lists. These are the future Rattlers to make those lists.
There will be a little bit on each player, but not everything. Most of this stuff is behind the subscriber wall.
Arizona League Brewers to make Arizona League Top 20 List:
#1 Trent Clark, Outfield
The 18-year-old center fielder, who signed for $2.7 million, crashed head first into the center-field wall in the first inning of his second pro game. He wound up with a concussion that kept him out of the lineup for two weeks and gave him a couple of shiners that lasted well into the summer. It didn’t take long after returning to the lineup for Clark to show off his five-tool skills—he hit for the cycle in his fifth game back.
#3 Gilbert Lara, Shortstop
Lara shows the range, infield actions and above-average arm to be able to stay at shortstop, provided he doesn’t grow too much in his teens. He gets good carry and accuracy on his throws. Lara has the tools needed for success at higher levels, and is projected by some observers as a plus big league player.
“He’s really solid for 17 years old—a grinder,” Brewers manager Nestor Corredor said.
#5 Demi Orimoloye, Outfield
One of the AZL’s bigger surprises came from north of the border, with Canadian outfielder Orimoloye showcasing explosive tools and producing at a high level during his six weeks in the league. The native of Nigeria ranked No. 41 on the BA 500 prior to the draft but fell to the fourth round, with the Brewers signing him for $450,000.
Orimoloye led the league in homers (six) when he left Arizona to join Canada’s national team for the 18U Baseball World Cup in Japan.
Helena Brewers to make Pioneer League Top 20 List:
#4 Marcos Diplan, Right-handed Pitcher
Despite his slight, 6-foot frame, Diplan stands out for his savvy and poise on the mound. He commands three average or better pitches and shows good feel for his secondary stuff. He sits 90-94 mph and touches as high as 98. His heater should tick up with strength and maturity.
Diplan’s slider is already a plus pitch, and he shows the ability to use his changeup in any count.
#6 Monte Harrison, Outfield
Harrison featured some of the loudest tools in the league. Already one of the best defensive outfielders in Rookie ball, he showed signs of starting to figure it out at the plate. The key to the improvement was getting his hands loaded earlier so that he was ready to see the ball sooner. Harrison is a little slow getting out of the box but is a plus runner underway, and he’s an instinctual baserunner who now has swiped 52 bases in 124 career games.
#15 Jake Gatewood, Shortstop
He hit .209 in the first half at low Class A Wisconsin, but a series of adjustments and the PL’s offensive nature helped him taste success for the first time.
Gatewood showed signs of figuring it out at Helena. He gained confidence in the box by becoming more consistent with his leg lift and hand load. He still has a long swing, however, and he expands the zone and struggles with good offspeed pitches, but he flashes the ability to hit for power in games.