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Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Running: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. TRACK RECORD: Turang became well known in scouting circles early in his high school years, playing for USA Baseball’s 15U National Team in 2014. He put himself in the conversation among the top prep hitters in the country, winning a gold medal for Team USA and making the all-tournament team at the U-18 World Cup in 2017. Turang didn’t quite meet the high expectations scouts had for him as a senior and slid down the first round to the Brewers, who drafted him 21st overall and signed him for $3.411 million. In his first full season in 2019, Turang hit well in the low Class A Midwest League, though he struggled after a promotion to high Class A Carolina as a 19-year-old. With the 2020 season wiped out due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turang reported to the team’s alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., where he was the Brewers’ best hitter and started to drive the ball with more impact. SCOUTING REPORT: Turang consistently puts together quality at-bats with his sharp eye for the strike zone and sweet lefthanded swing. He’s a patient hitter who doesn’t chase much off the plate and drew walks 15% of the time in 2019. He has a calm, balanced swing with good bat-to-ball skills and stays through the ball, leading to an all-fields, line-drive approach. The knock on Turang coming into 2020 was his well below-average power, which got exposed once the Brewers promoted him to the Carolina League. Turang did a better job of driving the ball with more authority in Appleton. The Brewers kept an internal “barrel” board of hitters with exit velocities of 95 mph or better at the alternate site, and Turang was consistently among the leaders throughout the summer. Turang didn’t change his swing, but he added strength and adjusted his approach in favorable counts to drive the ball for more damage. He still doesn’t project as a big power threat, but optimistic evaluators now think 15-20 home runs in his prime is feasible. Turang is a plus runner who has shown good instincts on the basepaths. He has a solid chance to stay at shortstop, where his hands and feet work well. He’s adept at charging in on the ball and ranging toward second base, and he has worked to improve his throws from the hole with his average arm strength. THE FUTURE: If Turang can continue to show the uptick in his hard-hit rate, he has the components to be an on-base threat who can hit toward the top of a lineup. After what he showed at the alternate training site, he should be ready to jump to Double-A in 2021.
Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 80. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Mitchell hit .349/.418/.566 as a sophomore at UCLA in 2019 and led the nation with 12 triples. He was off to a strong start in 2020 and had arguably the best pure tools in the draft class, but concerns about his Type 1 diabetes were among the reasons he fell on draft day. He fell to the Brewers at No. 20 overall and signed for $3,242,900. Mitchell made his organizational debut in instructional league, though a strained quad limited his time. SCOUTING REPORT: A physical, explosive athlete, Mitchell is an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale. He covers huge swaths of ground in center field, where he projects as a plus defender with a plus arm. Mitchell’s offensive approach was built around his speed at UCLA. There’s some choppiness to his swing, which is geared to hit low line drives and use his wheels to stretch out extra-base hits. Mitchell shows plus raw power in batting practice, but his approach limits his ability to apply it in games. Mitchell has worked on getting his lower half more engaged in his swing to try to do more damage, but it remains to be seen how much power he will be able to unlock. THE FUTURE: Mitchell can be a polarizing player, but if he can translate his power into games, he has all-star upside. He’ll make his pro debut in 2021.
Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Running: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Perez is the son of former major league outfielder Robert Perez and trained with his father before signing with the Brewers for $700,000 in 2019. His impressive blend of athleticism, tools and advanced baseball skills gave the Brewers confidence to push him to the alternate training site in 2020 as a 17-year-old, making him the youngest player on any 60-man player pool. He was one of the Brewers’ top performers at instructional league in the fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Perez could soon be the top prospect in the organization. He has a fast, easy and efficient swing from the left side with strong bat-to-ball skills and a firm grasp of the strike zone. He has at least above-average raw power and could develop more with continued physical growth. Perez has added considerable muscle the past couple of years and is a plus runner with quick acceleration in center field. He reads balls well off the bat and takes efficient routes for a 17-year-old. His strong arm is another plus tool. He’s also a fluent English speaker whose maturity and charismatic personality endear him to teammates and coaches. THE FUTURE: Perez has a chance to be an impact player at a premium position. He’s still a teenager who has yet to make his pro debut, but he could be a fast riser through the system.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: Kelly led all junior college pitchers with 19.1 strikeouts per nine innings for Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC in 2019 and was drafted by the Brewers in the second round. He signed for $1,025,100 and continued to rack up whiffs with 45 strikeouts in 31.2 innings in his pro debut, which was concentrated in the Rookie-level Arizona League. Despite only one career start above the Rookie level, Kelly was the most electric pitcher at the team’s alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., in 2020. SCOUTING REPORT: Kelly has a big 6-foot-6 frame and continues gaining velocity each year. A low-90s pitcher in high school, Kelly sat 93-97 mph leading up to the draft and started touching 98 over 60-pitch outings in Appleton. Kelly previously relied almost wholly on his fastball, but his secondary stuff ticked up in 2020. His slider is a plus pitch that misses bats, and when his changeup is on it flashes at least average. Kelly throws strikes with all three pitches, though he needs to tighten his fastball command. He’s slow to the plate from the stretch and needs to do a better job holding runners. THE FUTURE: Kelly took a jump in 2020 and has the attributes to develop into a mid-rotation or better starter. He looks poised for a breakout 2021 campaign.
Fastball: 50. Slider: 45. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 45. Control: 60. TRACK RECORD: Small had Tommy John surgery at Mississippi State but bounced back to lead the Southeastern Conference in strikeouts and rank second in ERA as a redshirt junior in 2019. The performance vaulted him into the first round, where the Brewers drafted him 28th overall and signed him for $1.8 million. Small breezed through five starts at low Class A Wisconsin and spent 2020 at the Brewers’ alternate training site in Appleton, Wis. SCOUTING REPORT: Small relies on his polish, deception and pitchability. His fastball sits at 89-93 mph and touches 94. It plays up with riding life and is aided by his ability to throw it for strikes to all quadrants of the strike zone. Small hides the ball and messes with hitters’ timing by varying his leg lift and tempo in his delivery. His slightly above-average changeup is his best offspeed weapon and plays well off his fastball to generate empty swings or weak contact. Small throws a curveball and added a slider to his mix in 2020, but sharpening his breaking stuff is a focal point. Neither one is average, though his feel for pitching is so good he probably won’t be tested until he gets to Double-A. THE FUTURE: Small’s polish is evident. He projects as a starter who fits toward the back of a rotation.
Hitting: 50. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Zamora entered the 2020 season at Miami considered one of college baseball’s top shortstops, but he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a preseason practice that erased his junior year. Still, the Brewers drafted Zamora in the second round, No. 53 overall, and signed him for $1.15 million. Zamora was still rehabbing throughout the fall and did not play in instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Zamora has the tools to be a plus defender at shortstop, where he has soft hands, solid range and a slightly above-average arm. He was error-prone as a sophomore, so he needs to improve his reliability at the position. An above-average runner, Zamora shows his best tools on the defensive side, but he’s a steady hitter with fringe-average raw power who controls the strike zone well. He walked more often than he struck out in each of his two seasons at Miami. He has strong baserunning instincts. THE FUTURE: Zamora’s lost season makes it hard to get a read on his current ability and future projection. When healthy, he showed the makings of a potential steady, everyday player who can stick at shortstop. He is on track to be ready by spring training and should make his pro debut in 2021.
Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: The Brewers have pushed Feliciano aggressively since drafting him in the supplemental second round in 2016, but he responded by winning the high Class A Carolina League MVP award as a 20-year-old in 2019, one year after he played just 46 games and had offseason shoulder surgery. Feliciano spent 2020 at the alternate training site in Appleton, Wis., where he was the Brewers’ most consistent offensive performer. SCOUTING REPORT: Feliciano made more frequent contact when he first entered the organization, but has traded contact for power the last two seasons. He has plus raw power and a sound swing, but he chases too many pitches outside the strike zone and needs to become a more disciplined hitter. Feliciano is an offensive-oriented player but should end up good enough defensively to stick behind the plate. He’s agile and a good athlete for a catcher with a slightly above-average arm. He threw out 28% of basestealers in 2019, and his throwing showed continued signs of improvement in 2020. THE FUTURE: Feliciano has a chance to develop into a power-hitting, everyday catcher, but only if he can rein in his aggressive approach and keep his strikeouts manageable. After a cameo at the level in 2019, he’ll return to Double-A in 2021.
Fastball: 55. Slider: 45. Changeup: 45. Curveball: 55. Control: 45. TRACK RECORD: Ashby, the nephew of former all-star righthander Andy Ashby, arrived at Crowder (Mo.) JC throwing in the mid 80s but was touching 94 mph by the end of his sophomore season. The Brewers drafted him in the fourth round in 2018 and signed him for $520,000. Ashby made an immediate impression and won the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year award while climbing to high Class A in 2019. He was a late arrival to the alternate training site in 2020 and struggled, but he was the team’s best pitcher during instructional league in the fall. SCOUTING REPORT: Ashby stood out for both his performance and his enhanced stuff during instructional league, though with the caveat he was largely facing younger, less experienced competition. Ashby’s fastball jumped from 90-95 mph to 93-97 in 2020 and overwhelmed hitters from the left side. His solid-average curveball is his most effective secondary pitch, while his fringe-average changeup has flashed a tick better. He also mixes in an occasional slider. Ashby’s control can come and go, but he did a better job throwing strikes at instructs. THE FUTURE: Ashby has a chance to develop into a back-of-the-rotation starter. A high-leverage relief role is possible, too.
Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45. TRACK RECORD: Warren played catcher in high school and spent time behind the plate at Central Michigan, but he was primarily a shortstop for the Chippewas. The Brewers drafted him as a catcher in the third round in 2020 and signed him for $600,000. After signing, Warren worked on his catching in the independent United Shore League, then went to instructional league and hit well. SCOUTING REPORT: A switch-hitter, Warren has a good track record of getting on base. He led the Mid-American Conference with a .502 on-base percentage in 2019 and hit .315/.396/.443 that summer in the Cape Cod League. He’s a patient hitter with a loose, rhythmic swing and good hand-eye coordination. Warren has a hit-over-power profile, though he makes hard contact from both sides and could be a threat for 15-20 home runs. Warren has the attributes to stay behind the plate with his baseball acumen, agility, hands and average arm strength. He has fallback options with the defensive skills that could fit at third base or perhaps second base. He’s an average runner, though he may slow down if he continues to catch. THE FUTURE: It’s not a lock that Warren can stay behind the plate. If he can, his value receives a boost as a switch-hitting catcher with strong on-base skills.
Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Running: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Quero played for Venezuela in the 2015 Little League World Series and emerged as one of the top players in the 2019 international class. He signed with the Brewers for $200,000 and immediately delivered a strong showing in the Tricky League—an unofficial league for July 2 signees—and Dominican instructional league. He reported stateside for instructional league in 2020 and impressed on both sides of the ball. SCOUTING REPORT: Quero has the tools to develop into a plus defensive catcher. He’s quick and athletic behind the plate with advanced blocking and receiving skills for his age. His plus arm helps him record pop times as low as 1.9 seconds on throws to second base. He also draws praise for his intelligence and vocal, high-energy leadership on the field. Quero has hit well so far in unofficial games, even against more advanced competition. He has a sound approach for his age with a knack for making hard contact and driving the ball well to the opposite field. He has solid-average raw power and good bat-to-ball skills. THE FUTURE: Quero has yet to make his official pro debut, but he has been an arrow-up player since signing. He’s one of the Brewers’ top breakout candidates heading into 2021.
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