The Brewers AAA affiliate since the beginning of last season is the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. This season, the Sky Sox have five of the top 30 Brewer prospects according to MLB.com, including two of the top 10. The Sky Sox are gearing up for an exciting season and Brewer fans should keep an eye on these prospects.
Orlando Arcia Shortstop
I covered Arcia last week, but it is worth taking another look at. Arcia is the shortstop of the future for the Brewers and it is only a matter of time before he gets his shot.
Five games into the season, Arcia is batting .300 with 5 runs scored. Arcia had a big game on April 10, going 3-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored as the Sky Sox beat the Memphis Redbirds 6-4.
Arcia is a smooth fielder who will make it to the big leagues because of it. His hitting has improved at every level which only makes him more valuable. Brewer fans, get excited. Arcia should be an All-Star caliber shortstop for a number of years.
Zach Davies Right Handed Pitcher
The Brewers obtained Davies in a trade deadline deal that sent Gerardo Parra to the Orioles. Davies was one of the last players to be sent down during Spring Training. Davies figures to be a big part of the Brewers starting rotation in the future.
Davies has a 38-31 record in four Minor League seasons with a 3.54 ERA and 442 strikeouts in 506.1 innings. He gave up 21 home runs in his first two seasons, but only 14 in the next two seasons. Davies pitched 5 innings in his first start, giving up 1 run while striking out 8 and walking 1 and getting a no-decision.
Davies made his Major League last season with the Brewers He started 6 games and went 3-2 with a 3.71 ERA, striking out 24 in 34 innings. Davies will be coming up to fill in for the injured Matt Garza and he may just make a case to stay in Milwaukee.
Michael Reed Outfielder
Reed was drafted by the Brewers in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. He is a speedy center fielder that could man the position in Milwaukee soon. He has a tendency to strikeout, which could present a problem, but he also draws a good number of walks.
Reed spent much of last season in AA Biloxi where he hit .278 with 25 stolen bases in 93 games. He got promoted to Colorado Springs and played 38 games there before getting a call-up to the big league club. He made 7 appearances, hitting .333 with a double and 2 runs scored.
Reed is off to a hot start this season, hitting .368 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases. If he keeps this up, he may get the call to play center field in Milwaukee, a position that is still up for grabs.
Garin Cecchini Third Baseman
The Brewers acquired Cecchini from the Red Sox during the offseason. Cecchini is a line drive hitter that led the Minor Leagues with a .443 on-base percentage in 2013. That dipped in 2014 and 2015 when he tried to add more power to his repertoire.
The Brewers are hoping that he goes back to his contact hitting ways, getting on base for the big hitters. He has good speed, as evidenced by his 51 stolen bases in Single-A Greenville in 2012. He is another member of the Sky Sox to be off to a hot start. He is hitting .364 with an on-base percentage of .417.
Cecchini made appearances with the Red Sox in 2014 and 2015, hitting .229 in 13 games. Now that he is not being pressured to provide power at the third base position, the Brewers are hoping that he can get on base at the big league level.
David Goforth Right Handed Pitcher
Goforth was drafted by the Brewers in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He was a starting pitcher but moved to the bullpen in 2013. He led the Brewer organization with 27 saves in 2014.
Last season, Goforth was 0-4 with a 2.68 ERA at Colorado Springs. He earned playing time in Milwaukee, going 1-0 with a 4.01 ERA in 20 games while striking out 24 in 24.2 innings. He has a career ERA of 3.84 in the Minor Leagues.
Goforth has made two appearances in Colorado Springs this season, getting a win and a save, giving up one run in three innings. He would be a good eighth inning pitcher bridging the gap to the closer.