10) Clint Coulter – C/OF
Born: July 30, 1993 Height/Weight: 6’3″/222 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Acquired: Drafted first round (27th overall) in 2012
Coulter has fallen a few spots in the rankings since this time last season, but don’t fault anything you may find as his own shortcomings. Fact is, an influx of good young talent has wedged it’s way in to the top 10, bumping Mr. Coulter down a few pegs. But no worries, he’s still considered one of the Brewers’ top prospects.
Coulter came into 2015 with a noticeable hitch in his swing but he seems to be correcting that as his power number have increased, tripling his home run numbers from the previous season. If he can get his strikeouts a little further down (currently sitting at about a 20%) then getting up to Double-A this season isn’t far fetched.
Defensively Coulter has a decent arm but don’t expect to see him catch much anymore. A corner outfield spot seems fitting, and at the same time, seems to be where he’s found a home in 2015. At his current rate of progression, Triple-A isn’t far fetched for the 2016 season, but he’s still got some work (plate discipline) to do before getting there.
9) Zach Davies – RHP
Born: February 7, 1993 Height/Weight: 6’0″/160 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Acquired: Trade with Baltimore Orioles in 2015
His changeup is a well-developed pitch, but beyond that there isn’t much to write home about. Davies throws a few different fastballs and a changeup that can keep things interesting. He’s not flashy by any means, but has the ability to be a number-five starter or long reliever when the time comes. There isn’t much more to polish on this one. He’s as ready as he’ll ever be if the Brewers need him, which I anticipate, they will in 2016.
8) Devin Williams – RHP
Born: September 21, 1984 Height/Weight: 6’3″/165 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Acquired: Drafted second round in 2013
Control can’t be stressed enough with Williams. He’s got a good fast ball that hits a 90+ MPH velocity pretty regularly. Everything else needs work though. His slider not only hangs out over the plate too often but he’s also got problems disguising it. He’s very athletic and mature for his age, but don’t be surprised if he starts 2016 back in Low-A ball; High-A tops.
7) Monte Harrison – OF
Born: August 10, 1995 Height/Weight: 6’3″/220 lbs. Bats/Throws: Right/Right Acquired: Drafted second round in 2014
A supremely gifted athlete, Harrison’s 2015 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. Although he did well in Rookie ball, he struggled at times in Low-A Wisconsin. He’s still got a high upside however, being a three-tool player (field, throw, run). Plate discipline is a must as he’s striking out a robust 33% of the time. He’s got a lot of potential and may still find his way to the majors, but the road is long and hard for free swingers. He’s expected to begin the season in Low-A ball.
6) Kodi Medeiros – LHP
Born: May 25, 1996 Height/Weight: 6’2″/180 lbs. Bats/Throws: Left/Left Acquired: Drafted first round (12th overall) in 2014
Medeiros hold the distinction as the highest drafted prep player ever from the state of Hawaii. The Brewers have been high on him for a while and it shows. He’s got a decent fastball and complimentary changeup, but his slider (along with natural athleticism) are his biggest weapons. He struck out roughly one batter per inning and less than half that number in walks, which is right where he wants to be. But he’s been shelled more than once, giving him a 4.44 ERA to end 2015. He’s got some upside but the day is still young. Don’t be surprised to see Medeiros right back in Low-A Wisconsin after spring training.