The first round of the draft has been a struggle for the Milwaukee Brewers. Many of the players that they thought were set to have huge big league careers never worked out. Some, like Eric Arnett, never were able to play a game with the big league club. But, in the 2012 draft the Brewers may have gotten a steal in Victor Roache.
Heading into the 2012 season, Victor Roache was one of the most feared sluggers in college baseball. The previous year he led all of the NCAA by hitting 30 homeruns (12 more than anyone else that season). Because of this strong showing Roache was ranked as the ninth best draft prospect in the 2012 draft by Baseball America. But his junior season was quickly ended, as he broke his diving for a ball in late February. This injury caused him to slip in the draft. Instead of being a top ten pick, Roache was still available for the Brewers with the 28th overall selection.
Because of the injury Roache was unable to play for the Brewers’ organization during the entire 2012 season. When he finally was able to play at class A Wisconsin during 2013, Roache showed that he still has the tremendous power he possessed in college. He finished his first professional season hitting 22 homeruns and with 74 RBIs. Both of these numbers were among league leaders. He also slugged an impressive .440 throughout the season.
Currently, MLB.com ranks Roache as the eighth best prospect in the Brewers system. He has shown power, but will need to cut down on his strikeouts to be a bonafide major league hitter. He will be 22 entering 2014 and he should begin the year in high A Brevard County. With an impressive start, Roache could end up in AA Huntsville before season’s end.
Everywhere Roache has played he has proven that he can hit. His tremendous raw power profiles perfectly for the, hitter friendly, Miller Park. With another successful minor league season in 2014 Roache will be on the fast track to Milwaukee. After being one of the most feared sluggers in the NCAA, it may not be long until he is one of the top sluggers in the MLB.
Statics Provided by Baseball Reference and MILB.com