The Brevard County Manatees are the Brewers Class A-Advanced team in the Florida State League. The Brewers have three of their top 30 prospects on the Manatees to begin the season.
These prospects will probably not be in Milwuakee until 2018 or 2019. These players have the ability to add to a Brewers team that should already be competitive by the time they get there.
Clint Coulter, Outfield
Coulter was selected by the Brewers in the 1st round, 27th overall, in the 2012 MLB draft out of Union High School in Camas, WA. He was drafted as a catcher but has made the transition to right field.
Coulter spent two years at the Rookie level, then another two years at Class A Wisconsin. He moved up to Brevard County last season, and he is still adjusting to the pitching at this level. He has gotten off to a slow start, hitting just .194 in his first 17 games.
Coulter is still adjusting to professional baseball. He was drafted right out of high school and is going to take a little more time to rise through the ranks. His defense is getting better the longer he plays in the outfield. His arm is a definite plus for playing right field.
At this level, it will be a while before he gets to the Major League club. However, he shows promise and is projected to be a power-hitting right fielder with Major League potential.
Kodi Medeiros, Left-Handed Pitcher
Medeiros was drafted in the 1st round, 12th overall, in the 2014 MLB draft out of Waiakea High School in Waiakea, HI. Medeiros is one of those left-handers that teams are always looking for.
Medeiros has risen through the ranks at a steady pace. He spent his first year in the Rookie League, moved up to single-A last season, and is in advanced-A this season. He is a career 5-10 with a 5.41 ERA, but he does have 135 strikeouts in 126.1 innings pitched.
He has a fastball that has been clocked at up to 96, but it is usually in the 91-93 area. He has a nasty slider and a good changeup that should keep hitters off-balance. He needs to throw more strikes this season, as the hitters at this level are drawing more walks off of him.
Cody Ponce, Right-Handed Pitcher
Ponce was drafted by the Brewers in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB draft out of California Polytechnic State University. Ponce is a large pitcher, standing 6’6” tall and weighing 240 pounds.
Ponce started last season in the Rookie League and ended it in single-A. He has yet to make an appearance with the Manatees, but it is only a matter of time.
Ponce has a fastball that can hit 96, but it is a little too straight at this point. He is working on a cutter, he has a good changeup, and he does have a curveball. He is good at keeping the ball down, which will serve him well when he gets to Miller Park.