Prospect rankings primer
Last year's Brewers list
The Top Ten
1. Tyrone Taylor
Height/Weight: 6’0” 185 lbs
Drafted/Acquired: 2nd round, 2012 draft, Torrance HS (Torrance, CA)
Previous Ranking: #9 (Org)
2013 Stats: .274/.338/.400 at Low-A Wisconsin (122 games)
The Tools: 7 run; 5+ arm; 6 potential glove; 5+ potential bat; 5+ potential power
What Happened in 2013: In his full-season debut, the former second round pick showed prowess in the field and at the plate, pushing himself to the top of the Brewers prospect pyramid.
Strengths: High-end athlete; well above-average run; tools to stick in center; good arm; bat projects to solid-average; good hand/eye; some pop in the stick; could find average or better power.
Weaknesses: Still transitioning from athlete to baseball player; reads/routes need refinement in center; struggles against arm-side stuff; struggles against spin; streaky hitter that will need to make quicker adjustments as he climbs.
Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division player
Realistic Role: High 4; below-average major leaguer/bench player
Risk Factor/Injury History: High risk; limited experience at full-season level; questions about offensive profile.
Bret Sayre’s Fantasy Take: Taylor is the guy to own in this system if forced to carry someone on a dynasty farm team. He could be a legitimate 20/20 candidate playing in Miller Park (where his power will be accentuated) and the combination of the scouting takes on his swing and his contact rate in the Midwest League leave open the possibility of some average as well.
The Year Ahead: Taylor has the highest ceiling on the Brewers farm, a five-tool player that projects to stick up the middle. But the 20-year-old is more raw tools than baseball skills at this point, and several sources are hesitant to profess much faith in the offensive profile, despite his solid season in the Midwest League. If he can take steps forward with his pitch recognition and reaction skills, and learn to tap into his strength at the plate, he’s going to offer more than just contact and speed. In the field, he has a chance to be very legit at a premium position, and that alone will end up eventually carrying him to the major leagues. If the bat steps up, Taylor will climb prospect lists as he climbs toward the highest level.
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