Ben Dieter from The Ranger Report, part of the Champion Sports Network, gives us details on the prospects that the Brewers picked up in exchange for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress. Follow Ben on Twitter @TheRangerReport.
Brinson is a highly touted center field prospect that has a very bright future according to all the scouts I have read and talked to. He sometimes takes bad routes to balls, but his speed makes up for it and he appears to learn quickly. Scouts like to compare his tools to someone like an Adam Jones. Brinson has tons of upside and had a chance to be in the majors this season with the Texas Rangers
Brinson has not played more than 100 games over the past few seasons due to being banged up a little. He has had shoulder, quad and hamstring issues that sidelined him each of the last three seasons. He took that time, however, to work on some of his mechanics at the plate.
Brinson made a slight mechanical change to his swing. According to fangraphs: “He began loading his hands lower which enabled him to cut down on the distance his bat needs to travel to re-enter the hitting zone. He’s so physically gifted that he can still generate terrific bat speed in that shorter distance and this change also enabled Brinson’s natural bat control to play with more regularity.”
Brinson projects to be a 30 plus home run guy in the future, and this season at Frisco he was batting
.237 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI. In 75 games this season, he only has made 2 errors in center field.
He has speed, and he has a plus arm in center. All in all, Brinson is a player that the Brewers should have in the Majors by the beginning of next season if he continues on the path he has been headed.
Ortiz is considered a very good starting pitcher, and many project that he will turn into a top three starter in someone’s rotation. That rotation now appears to be the Brewers. Ortiz is 6-3 and has the strength you want in a starting pitcher. He sits around 93-95, but has been known to hit 97 from the windup.
Oritz has a plus slider that sits around 83-85, great movement and considered above average. He also features a changeup that still needs some work but it is not bad. Ortiz has several ways to get players out at the plate.
In 8 starts for the Frisco Rough Riders, Ortiz is 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA. He has struck out 34 while walking only 7, and he has given up just 3 home runs. The Rangers organization was very high on Ortiz, and he was considered the organizations no. 4 prospect over all.
Ortiz is projected to be a great starter, and the Brewers got two great prospects that Rangers fans hate to see go. Ortiz is probably still a year or more out of being in the Brewers rotation, but when he gets there, he should be a force to be reckoned with!