Milwaukee Brewers has been the subject of commercial rumors for months. Of course, if the Brewers turn out to be serious buyers by the trade deadline (August 2), they will have to give up some prospects to complete the deal they want.
However, this does not mean that all of their prospects should be considered tradable assets. In fact, there are some players the Brewers are better off keeping, regardless of what other players are offered in return.
Jackson Chourio is an untouchable for brewers
There’s a lot of potential to get excited, and then there’s Jackson Chourio. So far this season, Chourio is hitting the .327 / .377 / .602 mark with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. Also, he has 24 doubles, 5 triples, and 10 stolen bases.
Chourio was recently promoted from the Brewers’ Low-A team, the Carolina Mudcats, to their High-A club, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He played his first game for the Rattlers on Tuesday night. It is clear that he did not miss a beat after the promotion:
Chourio is not only the Brewers’ top prospect, but he’s also the 36th best player in all of baseball. There is currently no star player the Brewers can trade for who will bring them lasting success like Chourio. Juan Soto is, of course, the big name on the trading block.
However, he was only under the control of the club for two and a half seasons. Any deal package Brewer may suggest Washington would have to include Chourio. This is something they simply cannot do. Soto won’t be signing the Brewers long-term while Chourio could very well give them another six years of production once he hits the Majors.
Sal Frelick is a big part of Milwaukee Brewers’ 2024 plan
The Brewers already have DFA quarterback Lorenzo Cain, and Andrew McCutchen is playing on a one-year contract. Christian Yelich is sure to be off the field for the long haul, and he’s also spent a lot of games as the team’s DH. Hunter Renfroe was acquired before the close and has hit four home runs in the Brewers’ last five games after the All-Star break.
However, Renfroe has only one season left in control of the club before facing free agency in 2024. In other words, the Brewers need the best MLB players to debut soon.
Join Sal Frelick, the team’s first pick in 2021. This season, Frelick is hitting the .317 / .386 / .477 mark between High-A Wisconsin and Double-A Biloxi. Frelick has also achieved seven home runs, four triples and 16 doubles sometimes driving in 32 runs and stealing 13 bases. He was in tears at the end of the year, disappearing three times home in his last five games.
Of course, if the Brewers want to add a quality bat to this postseason, they’ll need to part ways with potential customers. However, they should avoid adding Frelick to any deals as they need him ready to get a spot on the list in 2024.
Ethan Small will be a big part of the Brewers rotation for the next two years
Ethan Small started his second major tournament of his career on Tuesday night. He lasted only 3.2 sets while dropping three runs with three hits and four walks. He also scored four shots. In two starts with the Brewers this season, Small is 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA, 2.53 WHIP, eight walks and seven strikes.
However, Small was much better at Triple-A Nashville. He is currently 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 81 strike and 40 walk. There is still polishing work to be done, as he admitted in his post-match interview on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, the Brewers announced that they had reached a five-year contract with left-handed player Aaron Ashby. Like Small, Ashby struggled in his first two starts with the Brewers in 2021. However, after moving to the bullpen at the end of last season, he was able to make some adjustments and was afloat. up as a quality starter. In his first game since signing, Ashby played seven innings, allowing only two runs and beating nine. Lesson: Give prospects time to grow.
The fact of the matter is that the Brewers will face changing guardians in their rotation in a few years. While Ashby and Freddy Peralta have signed long-term contracts, two-time All-Star Brandon Woodruff has not. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is Corbin Burnes. While Brewers can afford one of them, the odds of them contracting with both are remote. Therefore, it is important for them to have quality starting players like Small waiting on the wing.