The Brewers are not only having success at the major league level as one of the top teams in all of baseball, but their minor league’s system has been much better than advertised. While top stars like Jimmy Nelson and Mitch Haniger have excelled, other underrated prospects have been having great years as well. Here is a look at some of those under-the-radar, unranked, Brewer prospects who are proving their talents this season.
Michael Ratterree OF Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
After being drafted out of Rice last season, Michael Ratterree dominated the Pioneer League, where he was voted as the league’s Player of the Year. This season he has picked up where he left off in the Midwest League. Not only is he tied with teammate Clint Coulter for the league lead in homeruns with 12, but he is among league leaders in RBIs, slugging percentage, total bases, and extra-base hits. He got a taste of Miller Park during the final spring training game where he homered in his first plate appearance. If he continues to show power, he has a chance to work himself all the way to the majors at some point.
Johnny Davis OF Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Johnny Davis can fly. Not only does he cover ground in the outfield, but he is a motor on the bases. Last season in rookie ball, he stole 17 bases in 30 games. This season he is among the league leaders in both triples and steals in the Midwest League. He also brings a solid .295 batting average from the leadoff spot. Although there are many outfielders with the club in front of him, his speed could one day be an asset at the major league level.
Taylor Williams SP/RP Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
As last year’s fourth round pick, Taylor Williams has struggled to find his role on the mound in Wisconsin. However, he has not struggled to find success. Through 14 games and seven starts, Williams is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Bouncing back from bullpen to starter has been difficult, but he has pitched well enough to earn a spot on the Midwest League’s all-star team. If he ever solidifies a role, he has potential to make noise in the major leagues.
Damien Magnifico SP Brevard County Manatees
Since being drafted out of Oklahoma in 2012, Damien Magnifico has been magnificent. For the past two seasons, he has pitched well enough to be an all-star in his league. This season he has posted a 3.26 ERA while and even had a complete game shutout on May 19th. At just 23 years old he has time to become an effective big leaguer.
Nick Ramirez 1B Huntsville Stars
Playing in an organization that has lacked consistency at the first base position, the slugging Nick Ramirez is playing at an all-star level for the second straight season. So far at AA Huntsville, Ramirez has 13 homeruns and is among league leaders in almost every important offensive category. While he needs to improve his batting average, his power could one day find its way into Miller Park.
Tyler Cravy SP Nashville Sounds
In an organization that is stacked with pitching, Tyler Cravy may be having the best season of all. Through his first 14 appearances in AA Huntsville and 12 starts, Cravy posted a 1.72 ERA while going 8-1. These great numbers not only earned him a selection to the all-star team, but a promotion to the AAA Nashville Sounds. If he can continue to find success, he could soon be making pitches for the big club.
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