Saturday, April 7, 2012

Top 2012 Milwaukee Brewer Minor Leaguers

If you are wondering about the potential up and coming guys in the minors that could be playing for the big league club sooner rather than later ESPN's Keith Law gave us his Top 10 Milwaukee Brewer Minor Leaguers (need ESPN Insider subscription):
#10) Nick Ramirez (1B, 22 years old, Injured)
#9) Caleb Gindl (OF, 23 years old, Nashville-AAA)
#8) Logan Schafer (CF, 25 years old, Nashville-AAA)
#7) Cody Scarpetta (RHP, 23 years old, Hunstville-AA)
#6) Scooter Gennett (2B, 21 years old, Hunstville-AA)
#5) Taylor Green (3B, 25 years old, Nashville-AAA)
#4) Tyler Thornburg (RHP, 23 years old, Hunstville-AA)
#3) Jed Bradley (LHP, 22 years old, Brevard County-High A)
#2) Taylor Jungmann (RHP, 22 years old, Brevard County-High A)
#1) Wily Peralta (RHP, 22 years old, Nashville-AAA)

Unfortunately Gindl and Schafer looked blocked by the glut of major league outfielders on the opening day roster while Gennett and Green looked blocked by Weeks and Ramriez respectively. Although Gennett, Gindl, and Schafer do not look quite ready for the big leagues; last season Green showed that he might actually be ready to contribute at the big league level right now.

As I said on recently I would much rather pay Green a couple million dollars over the next three years to play 3rd base than Aramis Ramirez $36 million dollars. Don't get me wrong, Ramirez gives the Brewers a much better option offensively in 2012 and 2013 but if Green gets some major league at-bats before 2014 he projects to be a much better offensive player than Ramirez in 2014 while giving the Brewers a better defensive option than Ramirez at 3rd base 2012 through 2014.

Luckily, according to Keith Law, the Brewers have a ton of potential major league arms that project as starters and relievers that could re-enforce the potential exodus of 3/5th (Greinke, Marcum, and Wolf) of the 2012 starting rotation in 2013.

A number of national pundits claim that the Brewers gutted their minor league system the last few years in the C.C. Sabathia, Zack Greinke, and Shaun Marcum trades but Keith Law's list shows that the Brewers still have some impressive depth at the minor league level.

Check back tomorrow for my initial player rankings of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers opening day 25-man roster.

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