Top 20 Prospect Shakeup

By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report

Milwaukee shook up its prospect rankings with the acquisition of infielder Nick Delmonico from Baltimore in exchange for relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez.

With the addition of Delmonico to Brevard County, he now stands as the third rated prospect within the Brewer organization and moves new teammate Yadiel Rivera out of the Top 20.

A scouting website indicated the following on Delmonico:

“A sixth round selection by the O’s in 2011, catcher and third baseman Nick Delmonico probably has the best pure power bat in the Baltimore system, but it’ll be a year or two before we know that for sure. Most intriguing is the reflection that his success in high school came mainly on the strength of his patience and selectivity at the plate: if that kind of discipline can be nurtured in pro ball, he could be a very powerful offensive force indeed. He’s a few years away.”

In addition, Oriole-Nation had this to say about Delmonico:

“High baseball IQ. At one point was seen as a high first round pick. Average bat speed and smooth left handed swing with some loft in his swing, but power hasn’t been seen much yet. Advanced approach at the plate: rarely swings at pitches outside the zone. Slightly below-average speed. Had played catcher in HS, but looks to be a third base, first base, or right field as a pro. Although using him at first base would waste his athletic ability. Strong arm and quick reactions.”

Look for further ranking changes as the season progresses in Milwaukee. Outfielders Caleb Gindl and Khris Davis might “graduate” from the rankings due to extensive playing time with the parent club (see: Tyler Thornburg).

On the outside looking in is Brevard County’s Brent Suter, a left-handed starter with success at every level since being drafted out of Harvard.

In addition to Suter, Michael Reed might be a viable addition to the Top 20 due to his consistency with Single A Wisconsin.

Here is an update on the Top 20:

1. Taylor Jungmann


2. Johnny Hellweg


3. Nick Delmonico


4. Hunter Morris


5. Jed Bradley


6. Scooter Gennett


7. Victor Roache


8. Jimmy Nelson


9. Clint Coulter


10. Mitch Haniger


11. Hiram Burgos


12. Drew Gagnon


13. Tyrone Taylor


14. Khris Davis


15. Orlando Arcia


16. Caleb Gindl


17. Ariel Pena


18. Damien Magnifico


19. Kentrail Davis


20. Jorge Lopez


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