With the Milwaukee Brewers’ historical postseason now effectuated, it’s time to start looking into the future for some of the organization’s top minor league prospects.
Filling the void that will inevitably be left behind by Prince Fielder should be rather lucid, with 26-year-old Mat Gamel waiting in the wings to take over the starting job. As for the other top-notch prospects honing their skills down in the Arizona Fall League, they may have to wait a while longer.
Let’s check in on each top prospect’s progressions in the early-going of the Arizona Fall League.
Daniel Meadows, LHP
In four full seasons in the minors, the 24-year-old Meadows has proved to be one of Milwaukee’s best young relievers on the farm, particularly of late. In 21 appearances through the first half of 2011, Meadows boasted a 1.51 ERA with 39 SO in 41.2 IP for the AA affiliate Helena Stars. This fall, he’s used his above-average command and effective slider to strut a 1.80 ERA in four separate appearances, totaling 5.0 IP.
Cody Scarpetta, RHP
Drafted in the 11th round of the 2007 draft, Scarpetta was on the virtual fast-track to the majors after a sumptuous rookie season with high class A Brevard County and AA-Huntsville, posting a combined 2.23 ERA with 58 SO in just 36.1 IP. However, his production seemingly dropped off, specifically in 2011, where his K/BB ration fell to 1.6:1. He’ll need to refine his game if an appearance with Milwaukee is imminent, and so far he’s done well. In two appearances (including one start) Scarpetta holds true to a 2.25 ERA with 3 SO, but has also walked six in 4.o IP.
Scooter Gennett, 2B
The 5’9″, 180-pound speedy second-baseman has a bright MLB future ahead of him. Upon being selected in the 16th round of the 2009 draft by Milwaukee, Gennett has pieced together two exceptional seasons in the minors. In 2010, the speedster batted .309 with 9 HR and 55 RBI, including 14 SB and 87 runs scored. Last season, Gennett complemented his previous success by batting .300 with 9 HR and 51 RBI and 11 SB for high-A Brevard County. Thus far this fall, he’s off to another fast start — bating .333 (9-for-27), has 2 HR and 6 RBI and 17 TB to his credit.
Kentrail Davis, OF
Pardon me for being a bit too titillated, but there’s something that tells me this guy has a shot at being a superstar at the next level. The former Tennessee Volunteer and 39th overall pick in the 2009 draft has been an absolute gem in Milwaukee’s farm system in just two short seasons. In 2010, Davis batted .304, drove in 63 RBI and scored 64, all while stealing 11 bases. However, 2011 would be his coming-out party, as the nimble outfielder batted .245 with 8 HR, 46 RBI and managed 33 SB. In 25 at-bats this fall, Davis is batting .280 with an RBI and two stolen bases, and has also notably struck out 10 times.
Logan Schafer, OF
Not to be outdone, though, is the 25-year-old Schafer, who in essence could make a tremendous impact on Ron Roenicke’s clubhouse as early as next season. The former 2008 draft selection has thrived down on the farm, most notably in 2011, where he batted a ridiculous .385 with 43 RBI and 5 HR, while also stealing 16 SB. His production was enough to earn him a September call-up, where he would eventually play in eight total games, going 1-for-3. This fall, Schafer is off to a scorching start, batting .243 with a home run and 6 RBI and 1 SB.
Other news and notes: 2011 first-round draft pick Jed Bradley will replace Tyler Thornburg in the Arizona Fall League.
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