Milwaukee Brewers: The Top 8 Prospects in the Farm System

Michael KimbleContributor IIIJune 22, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers: The Top 8 Prospects in the Farm System

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    BOSTON, MA - JUNE 18:  Prince Fielder #28 and Yuniesky Betancourt #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers high five after their win against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Brewers won the game 4-2. (Photo by Darren McC
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    This season, the Milwaukee Brewers have proven to be one of the most talented and deep teams in baseball.

    However, even with all the optimism in Milwaukee, there are certainly concerns for the future of the team, particularly with the future of players like Prince Fielder in question.

    While the  Brewers commonly find their talent through free agency, their farm system is highly underrated, and there are many promising prospects that are in their farm system that may step up and be a major part of the Brewers’ future.

Amaury Rivas, P, Nashville Sounds

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    The starting pitcher for the Nashville Sounds, Rivas recently nearly posted a no-hitter in a 1-0 win against the Round Rock Express before allowing a hit in the eighth inning.

    Rivas is a solid pitcher with a lot of potential and would fit in nicely with an already strong Brewers pitching lineup.

Mat Gamel, 1B, Nashville Sounds

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    MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 24:  Mat Gamel #74 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses for a portrait during Spring Training Media Day on February 24, 2011 at Maryvale Stadium in Maryvale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    Gamel currently posts an impressive .315 batting average and leads the Nashville Sounds in both hits and runs this season.

    He has already been considered to be moved up into the majors this season and is also seen by some as the possible heir apparent to Prince Fielder.

    If Fielder indeed tests free agency and is gone next season, Gamel could very well step into his shoes.

Taylor Green, 3B, Nashville Sounds

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    A third baseman for the Nashville Sounds, Green has been in the minors since being drafted in the 25th round by the Brewers in 2005.

    Nevertheless, he has posted impressive numbers, with a respectable .304 batting average in his career and he won several All-Star awards in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

    He currently has a .301 batting average and 10 home runs on the year.

Cody Scarpetta, P, Huntsville Stars

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    Another pitching prospect for the Brewers, Scarpetta was selected by the Brewers in the 2007 draft and currently plays for the Huntsville Stars. His father Dan was also drafted by the Brewers, and pitched for the team from 1982-89.

    In 2009, Scarpetta was seen as one of the top-five pitching prospects in the farm system, and he continues to improve year after year.

Sean Halton, 1B, Huntsville Stars

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    Another first base prospect, Sean Halton was drafted by the Brewers in 2009 after receiving several college All-American honors.

    This season, Halton currently posts a .316 batting average with five home runs for the Double-A team, the Huntsville Stars.

Erik Komatsu, OF, Huntsville Stars

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    Also playing for the Stars, Komatsu is an outfielder who was selected in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

    Coming out of Cal-State Fullerton, Komatsu has played several years in the minors and has posted impressive statistics every year. 

    In 2010, he won FSL midseason and postseason All-Star honors. This year, he currently has a batting average of .301 with four home runs.

Lee Haydel, OF, Huntsville Stars

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    Haydel was selected by the Brewers all the way back in the 19th round of the 2006 draft, but his production has steadily increased as he has moved up in the minors.

    In 2008 and 2009, he won mid-season All-Star honors, and this year he leads the Stars with 69 hits and a solid .301 batting average.

    Although he is not seen as a power hitter, he has very impressive speed.

    Before the 2011 season, he stole 107 bases in his career and had only been caught 38 times. He has moved up in the ranks of the minors and may very well be starting for Nashville soon.

Brock Kjeldgaard, OF, Brevard County Manatees

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    Although he plays for the lower-level farm team in Brevard County, Kjeldgaard has had a fantastic year, hitting a team-leading 17 home runs and winning Player of the Week for his league for three-consecutive weeks.

    He was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 34th round in 2005, but he has improved ever since. Although in a lower-level league now, he has a very good chance of moving up to Double-A next year.