Team to watch
The Brewers created some buzz with their 2014 Draft, going after some high-risk, high-reward type high school talent. But the strength of the system appears to be at the top. Triple-A Colorado Springs has eight players in the Top 30. Double-A Biloxi has the same amount, topped by No. 1 prospect Orlando Arcia.
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Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
When the Brewers dealt Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers in January, they not only got infielder Luis Sardinas, they received prospects Corey Knebel (No. 10) and Marcos Diplan (19). Knebel, who made his big league debut with the Tigers in 2014 before being sent to Texas in a Deadline deal, will work out of the Colorado Springs bullpen to start the year. Diplan has yet to make his United States debut, so he'll hang back in Extended Spring Training awaiting assignment.
On the shelf
No. 16 prospect Johnny Hellweg is 26 years old, so clearly his time as a "prospect" is running out. He's always had size and arm strength to his advantage, but command has been an enemy. Now he's working his way back from 2014 Tommy John surgery, though he still has the chance to impact the big league staff, most likely out of the bullpen.
Youth is wasted on the young
Thanks to that 2014 Draft haul, along with a big international signing and the Gallardo trade, the Brewers have five teenagers on their Top 30. Draftees Monte Harrison, Jake Gatewood and Kodi Medeiros, all taken in the top 50 picks last June and all in the top 10 on the Brewers' list. All three are also starting the season in West Michigan. Gilbert Lara (No. 6), that big international acquisition, and Diplan, are in Extended spring training awaiting assignment.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.