*MLB Prospect Watch will be recapping each farm system as a whole, focusing on particular players who did something noteworthy this season. For the next 30 (business) days, we will be featuring one organization per day.
This still isn't the strongest system in the game, but the Brewers farm system is ahead of where it was this time last year. The emergence of a few prospects as well as the continued development of the prospects already under their command has given the Brewers a few pieces they can begin to count on for their future.
Biggest Step Forward: Clint Coulter, C: No one in the Brewers system, and few in the minors, had a better season at the plate than Coulter, who recorded 53 extra base hits and a .410 on-base percentage. His future behind the plate is still in question, but he took a major step forward with the bat to the point that it should pay at another position if he has to move. That can be determined later. For now, the Brewers have to be thrilled with what he can offer with the bat.
Take a Step Back: Victor Roache, OF: In 2013, Roache struggled to make consistent contact but ran into just enough pitches to show off his impressive raw power. The hope was that he would improve on that contact in 2014 to allow that power to play more consistently in games. Instead, he took a step back, striking out even more often, walking less, and hitting for less power. The tools are still there, but it's a legitimate question as to whether or not his approach at the plate will ever allow the power to play in games against better pitching.
Ready for the Majors: Taylor Jungmann, RHP: There's not a ton of projection left for Jungmann, and there's not a lot left for him to prove in the minors, either. The former first-round pick is 24-years-old and made 18 starts in Triple-A this season. He made major adjustments and improvements this season, drastically improving his strike out rate, which had been his biggest hole as a pitcher. He'll be in the running for a rotation spot next spring, and whether he gets one or not, he'll make some starts in Milwaukee at some point in 2015.
Statistical King: Jorge Lopez, RHP: Lopez ended June with a 2.79 ERA with hitters slugging just .320 off of him, which probably included him pitching over his head to a certain extent. Lopez features good velocity topping out at 94 mph and the potential for a plus curveball, but no change-up to speak of. It's difficult to say if that was the cause was for his 6.87 ERA the remainder of the year or if it was that at the same time he was dealing with a sick child at home. As with most things, the real Lopez is likely somewhere in the middle.
Newest Addition: Kodi Medeiros, LHP: Scouts loved Medeiros' arm entering the draft, but the fact that many saw him as a reliever down the road made it a bit of a stretch that the Brewers selected him 12th overall. They did get a bit of a discount, but it will be a while before they see any production out of the Hawaii native. It wouldn't be surprising to stay in extended spring training next April and report to a short-season league when they begin in the summer.