The Brewers invited nine Minor League players to Major League Spring Training on Wednesday, a group headlined by top prospect Keston Hiura.Milwaukee extended non-roster invitations to nine prospects, bringing the club's total of non-roster invitees to 14. The Brewers' first Spring Training workout for pitchers and catchers is set for
The Brewers invited nine Minor League players to Major League Spring Training on Wednesday, a group headlined by top prospect Keston Hiura.
Milwaukee extended non-roster invitations to nine prospects, bringing the club's total of non-roster invitees to 14. The Brewers' first Spring Training workout for pitchers and catchers is set for Feb. 14, and their first full-squad workout will take place on Feb. 19.
The full list of non-roster prospects coming to big league camp: Hiura, third baseman Lucas Erceg, catcher Payton Henry, infielder Nate Orf, outfielder Corey Ray and right-handers Zack Brown, Bubba Derby, Jon Olczak and Miguel Sanchez.
There will be a lot of attention on Hiura, the club's No. 1 prospect and the No. 30 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline. A first-round pick in 2017, the 22-year-old second baseman climbed from Class A Advanced Carolina to Double-A Biloxi last season while hitting .293/.357/.464 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 123 games. Hiura finished his excellent year in the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .323 with a .934 OPS in 23 games.
Ray, the Brewers' No. 2 prospect, slashed .239/.323/.477 with 27 homers and 37 steals at Double-A last season. Drafted fifth overall in 2016, Ray was named the Brewers Minor League Player of the Year and the Southern League MVP in 2018.
Brown was also an organizational award winner last season, as he was named Milwaukee's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The Brewers' No. 8 prospect finished the year 9-1 with a 2.44 ERA, 116 strikeouts and 36 walks in 22 games for Biloxi. A fifth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, Brown was named the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher last season.
Erceg, the Brewers' No. 4 prospect, slashed .248/.306/.382 with 13 homers and 51 RBIs in 123 games at Double-A last season. Henry, the club's No. 11 prospect, batted .234 with a .707 OPS in 98 games for Class A Wisconsin. Orf, 28, made his big league debut last season and slashed .298/.397/.426 for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Derby, acquired along with Jacob Nottingham in the Khris Davis trade, put together a 4.49 ERA over 31 outings, including 16 starts, in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. The 25-year-old Olczak enjoyed a strong year in the Biloxi bullpen, posting a 1.44 ERA and 0.96 WHIP with 60 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings over 42 appearances. Sanchez split the year between Carolina and Biloxi and made one Triple-A appearance, recording an overall 2.52 ERA and 1.07 WHIP with 95 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings over 34 appearances.
The Brewers also added a split-squad game against the Angels on March 9 to their Cactus League schedule; that game will take place in Tempe, Ariz. Milwaukee also moved up two games by an hour. The Brewers' March 8 game against the D-backs will now begin at 12:05 p.m. local time, and their March 24 game against Arizona will start at 12:10 p.m.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com.