MLB Trade Speculation: 3 Prospects Who Could Make Impact If Brewers Sell

Justin Schultz@@JSchu23Correspondent IJuly 18, 2012

MLB Trade Speculation: 3 Prospects Who Could Make Impact If Brewers Sell

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    If the Milwaukee Brewers decide to sell before the trade deadline, they will call upon their young prospects to replace the departed.

    The Brewers may decide to call up their young talent, even if they aren't active in the trade market. Their farm system, however, is relatively thin. They traded their top prospects, Brett Lawrie and Alcides Escobar, in return for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke.

    Still, the Crew has a handful of up-and-comers. Mat Gamel was one of the few thought to explode with the Brewers in 2012, but a knee injury destroyed that. Most of their prospects have had a taste of the major leagues but haven't stayed long enough to make an impact, and some are already making an impact this year.

    But if the Brewers want to be competitive for years to come, trading for high-level talent will be the priority. Until then, they will have to make do with the talent they have.

    Here are three prospects that could make an impact in the second half.

Eric Farris

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    2012 Triple-A Statistics: .264 / 2 / 19

    Eric Farris was once thought to compete with Rickie Weeks for the Brewers second base job. His poor performance in the minor leagues have altered that theory.

    Farris was drafted by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He made his major league debut last year, lasting only one at-bat before being optioned back to the minors.

    The 26 year-old is not considered a top prospect by any means and is not having a notable season with the Nashville Sounds, yet he could get the chance to see everyday playing time for the Brewers if things continue to go south.

    Ron Roenicke is still putting Rickie Weeks into his lineup night in and night out, and I ask myself why. Rickie Weeks, hitting .199 on the year, has the worst batting average in the majors this year, which is no small feat. Ferris can't do much worse than that, can he?

    Even though his performance shouldn't earn him a promotion, Ferris might soon be heading to Milwaukee. The Brewers would like to see some of their unproven players in action. They've seen enough of Weeks this season.

    If the Brewers become sellers at the trade deadline, why not promote Farris, if just to see what he's capable of.

Logan Schafer

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    2012 Triple-A Statistics: .282 / 9 / 30

    Logan Schafer is having an exceptional season for the Nashville Sounds.

    With both Carlos Gomez and Nyjer Morgan struggling at the plate, it might be smart for the Brewers to give Schafer a try. However, the emergence of Norichika Aoki could be problematic for the left-handed hitter.

    Schafer would only receive a call-up if the Brewers decide to ship away or drop an outfielder. It would make no sense to promote Schafer if he wouldn't see regular at-bats. It'd be best to leave him in the minors to develop his swing more.

    He was a September call-up in 2011, going 1 for 3 with a walk. In all honesty, Schafer most likely will never be an every-day major league outfielder, but he could be a viable bat off the bench. Or he could be a diamond in the rough.

    Either way, the Brewers would like to give him a chance.

Wily Peralta

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    2012 Triple-A Statistics: 5-8, 4.98 ERA, 84 SO

    Wily Peralta is one of the Brewers top pitching prospects, and his time to shine is on its way.

    Peralta's Triple-A stats don't look that admirable, but there is more than the eye can see. After a rough start to his Triple-A career, Peralta has found his stuff. In his last five starts, he is 4-0, with a 1.82 ERA. His recent outings should earn him a spot on the Brewers if Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum depart.

    If promoted, Peralta would join rookie pitchers Tyler Thornburg and Michael Fiers in the starting rotation. GM Doug Melvin and Roenicke would like to see Peralta in major league action before the end of the season. It will give them a better idea of where to go with their pitching staff in 2013.

    Odds are, Peralta will be with Milwaukee before the end of the season.