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Joey Wiemer: The Future of the Brewers’ Outfield?


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Joey Wiemer has been making his presence known throughout the minor leagues. Currently ranked as the second highest prospect in the Brewers organization, the right fielder has been an absolute menace in the batter’s box. This young prospect is an essential part of what will become an unstoppable Brewers outfield with Christian Yelich in left field, Sal Frelick in center field, and Joey Wiemer in right field. The future looks bright for this young outfielder. 

Originally hailing from Ohio, Wiemer slashed .264/.379/.408 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs while attending University of Cincinnati. Scouts noted his absolute cannon of an arm and speed in the outfield. Wiemer was selected 121st overall in the fourth round of the 2020 June amateur draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. It is clear the organization intends on developing Wiemer into a future all-star. While playing for the Carolina Mudcats in 2021, Wiemer slashed .276/.391/.478 and was named the Milwaukee Brewers 2021 Robin Yount Minor League Player of the Year. He played 75 games with Carolina and hit 13 home runs, 44 RBIs, and stole 22 bases. 

Now in Double-A ball with the Biloxi Shuckers, Joey Wiemer continues to stay dominant at the plate. So far in 2022, he has slashed a respectable .284/.357/.574 with a .931 OPS. Wiemer continues to have a lot of power at the plate and puts up very strong defensive numbers. It is clear that Wiemer absolutely rakes against right-handed pitchers, slashing .295/.359/.612 with an OPS of .971 and 11 home runs this season with the Biloxi Shuckers. With a 29.6% strikeout rate, there are concerns about his discipline at the plate.

Joey Wiemer shows a lot of promise. Currently ranked at #80 on MLB Pipeline’s top prospect ranking, it seems that many scouts would agree with that assessment. However, he is perhaps not yet ready to make his MLB debut just yet. MLB Pipeline predicts that he will be MLB ready by next season. With Hunter Renfroe hitting the free agent market after the 2023 season, it seems likely that Wiemer could be an adequate replacement if he stays healthy. With the Brewers currently on a playoff run, it is likely they make the decision to trade Wiemer to another organization with other prospects for a big bat at the trade deadline. Regardless, this is one prospect you have to keep your eye on.

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Re. Joey Weimar -

Definitely won't see him w/ the crew this summer, since the club would need to add him to the 40-man and all that goes with that.

'Seems like part of a larger package to win this year

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is called up in May of '23 on some three city West Coast road trip to get his feet wet...

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The thing about Wiemer, he's a big boy with power but also has the arm, speed, and defense. It's nice to get away from the draft picks of previous regimes--bats that you hope develop, and if they do you kinda sorta find a position for them, or if they already have one hope they'll be adequate. Without seeing his games I'd assume he's in a little adjustment-counter adjustment mode right now at Biloxi as his average has dropped. Still real high on him.

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