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2. Trent Clark, OF

First-round pick Trent Clark, chosen last month out of Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, debuts on the list at No. 2.

The 18-year-old outfielder also broke into the top 100 list at No. 86.

He’s not projected to be big-league ready until 2019, but the left-handed slugger is off to a solid start in the Arizona Rookie League after being sidelined with an injury when he slammed into a wall in his second professional game.

After missing two weeks, he’s been back since Independence Day and is hitting .293/.385/.439 in 21 games, with 17 runs, three doubles, three triples, a home run and nine RBI and is 8-for-11 stealing bases.

He has played 20 games in center field and one in left field and while he doesn’t have classic center-field speed, Clark plays the position well enough and has the instincts to potentially stay there as he moves up the organizational chain.

Oct. 10, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Tyrone Taylor plays for the Glendale Desert Dogs against the Scottsdale Scorpions during an Arizona Fall League game at Cubs Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3. Tyrone Taylor, OF

Tyrone Taylor, a second-round pick out of Torrance (Calif.) High School in 2012, checks in at No. 3.

He has spent the entire season at Biloxi after making the move to Double-A late last season. In 92 games, he is hitting .262/.314/.337 with 36 runs, 15 doubles, two home runs and 33 RBI.

In 130 games for Brevard County in 2014, Taylor hit .278/.331/.396 with 69 runs, 36 doubles, six homers and 68 RBI and was 22-for-28 on the bases. He then went 1-for-13 in a five-game cup of coffee with Double-A Huntsville.

He also played well in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .271/.315/.306 in 21 games with 12 runs, a double, a triple and seven RBI.

The former high-school running back is projected to be ready for the show next year.

4. Gilbert Lara, SS

Dominican-born shortstop Gilbert Lara signed with the Brewers in July 2014 and is off to a solid start in the Arizona Rookie League as a 17-year-old.

Lara is hitting .273/.304/.347 in 29 games, with 23 runs, three doubles, three triples and 17 RBI.

Milwaukee gave Lara more than $3 million to sign on the dotted line last summer, incurring a penalty tax for exceeding their international signings pool, but at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds has tremendous power potential.

His swing is sort of an all-or-nothing affair at this point and his future is more likely at third base or at a corner outfield spot, but he has time to develop—he’s not projected to be ready for the big leagues until 2019, at which point he will still only be 21 years old.

5. Clint Coulter, OF

Coulter was the 27th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Union High School in Camas, Wash., and leaped onto the radar last season, when he was the Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .287/.410/.520 in 126 games at Wisconsin, with 84 runs, 28 doubles, 22 home runs and 89 RBI.

It was a nice adjustment from 2013, when he hit .207/.299/.345 in 33 games for the Timber Rattlers before being sent back to Rookie ball.

His average hasn’t quite held up this season as he was moved up to Brevard County, where he is hitting .249/.333/.410 in 100 games, with 49 runs, 23 doubles, 11 homers and 45 RBI, playing primarily in right field after playing catcher for his first three seasons in the organization.

He’s still learning the outfield but is capable of hitting his way up the ladder in the meantime, currently projected to be ready in 2017.

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