For the past two seasons, all of the Brewers farm system talk has been centered around shortstop, Brice Turang, and rightfully so. Turang is a left handed middle infielder who garnered a ton of pre-draft hype and excelled in Rookie Ball at 18-years-old. Last season, it was more of the same for Turang throughout A Ball. In his short professional career, Turang has already showcased the ability to be a consistent contact hitter with a very nice glove and great speed. There’s a lot to love when it comes to Brice Turang as a prospect but now, his days as the Brewers’ #1 prospect are limited.
On June 10th, the Milwaukee Brewers used their 1st Round 20th overall pick on a center fielder out of UCLA, Garrett Mitchell. Before the draft, Mitchell was the #6 ranked prospect and luckily, he fell to the Brewers. Mitchell is incredible and with no knock on Brice Turang, should be Milwaukee’s #1 prospect moving forward. Right now in his current state, Mitchell is seen as a 4-tool player. He can hit the ball for contact, was one of the fastest players in the entire draft, can field at a gold glove level, and has an absolute cannon for an arm. The only thing he’s missing? A power stroke to drive the ball out of park. However, at 6’3” 204, Mitchell already has an MLB ready physique but many scouts and analysts believe he still has muscle to grow into which in turn, will give him more power when hitting the ball. If he can transform his raw power into a more consistent home run swing, there’s no doubt in my mind that Mitchell can be a 5-tool player in the future who can hit .300 with 20+ homers and 20+ stolen bases per season.
Just to give you an idea of the player he is right now, in his sophomore season at UCLA, Mitchell played in 62 games and batted .349 with an OPS of .984. Hit 14 doubles, 12 triples, 6 home runs, batted in 41 and stole 18 bases on 22 attempts. In his shortened junior season, he played in 15 games and hit .355 with an OBP of .425.
The closest player comparison I can give when it comes to Garrett Mitchell is San Diego Padres’ outfielder, Tommy Pham, who is in his own right one of the most underrated players in baseball. In my humble opinion, Garrett Mitchell has the potential to be an even better player down the road than Pham but at this moment, that’s who the Brewers are getting. I only expect Mitchell to be in the minors for a maximum of two years, he’s really just that good.
Now I know what you’re thinking, Brice Turang has proved himself to be a #1 prospect while Mitchell hasn’t even taken an at-bat in the minors so until that happens, Turang should be the de facto #1 prospect. What I’m here to tell you is, get ready, the Brewers just drafted a gem and Garrett Mitchell is coming.