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6. Devin Williams, RHP

The highest-ranked pitcher in the organization, 20-year-old right-hander Devin Williams is 2-7 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.255 WHIP in 14 appearances and 13 starts at Wisconsin this season, where he has struck out 64 in 65.1 innings.

He was a second-round pick in 2013 out of Hazelwood (Mo.) West High School and was 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA and 1.424 WHIP working both in the rotation and as a reliever at Rookie-level Helena last season.

In 66 innings over eight starts and seven relief appearances, Williams stuck out 66 batters.

Still a string bean at 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds, Williams can touch 95 with his fastball at times and his slider and changeup have shown signs of being major-league caliber.

He is projected for a 2018 arrival.

7. Jorge Lopez, RHP

Jorge Lopez was a second-round pick of the Brewers out of Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico in 2011 and at age 22 is on the cusp, expected to be ready in 2016.

In 18 starts for Biloxi this season, Lopez is 9-4 with a 2.72 ERA and 1.140 ERA, striking out 98 in 102.2 innings.

He seems to have turned the corner after a terrific six-start stint in the Puerto Rican Winter League last year, where he was 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 1.231 WHIP in 26 innings with 25 strikeouts.

In 2014, Lopez was 10-10 with a 4.59 ERA and 1.383 WHIP in 25 starts for Brevard County, striking out 119 in 137.1 innings.

He pitched in the 2014 Futures Game and is also looking to get some bulk at 6-foot-4 and 165 pounds. He’s got a sinking fastball in the low 90s that yields a lot of groundball outs and also sports a plus curveball. His changeup is lagging behind his two top pitches, but is improving.

8. Kodi Medeiros, LHP

Left-hander Kodi Medeiros was the 12th overall pick last year out of Waiakea (Hawaii) High School and the 19-year-old is having a decent campaign at Wisconsin, 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.248 WHIP in 13 starts and six relief outings.

In 79.1 innings, he has struck out 78 batters.

Those numbers are a huge step forward from his debut season in the Arizona Rookie League last year, where he was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA and 2.135 WHIP in five relief appearances and four starts, striking out 26 batters in 17.1 innings.

He can hit 95, but will most likely settle in the low 90s with his fastball, which moves like crazy. His slider was difficult for high school catchers to handle and he has good sink on his changeup, all combined with a funky low arm slot.

He is projected for a 2018 debut.

9. Monte Harrison, OF

Monte Harrison, out for the season after injuring his ankle earlier this month, was a second-round pick out of Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West High School last year and gave up a football scholarship at the University of Nebraska to sign with the Brewers.

He was advanced to Wisconsin to start this season and, as expected, the 19-year-old struggled, hitting .148/.246/.247 in 46 games with six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 11 RBI.

But sent to Helena when that club began its season, Harrison was hitting .299/.410/.474 in 28 games, with 20 runs, four doubles, two triples, three homers and 13 RBI while going 14-for-16 on the bases before he was hurt.

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, his power potential is huge and he also has plus speed, playing center field primarily at both stops this season.

In 2014, he hit .261/.402/.339 in the Arizona Rookie League, with 37 runs, seven doubles, a home run and 20 RBI while stealing 32 bases in 34 attempts.

He is also a 2018 projection.

10. Jake Gatewood, SS

Jake Gatewood was a sandwich pick, going 41st overall in the first round out of Clovis (Calif.) High School in 2014 and his power potential is enormous at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds.

Like Harrison, Gatewood was rushed to Wisconsin to start the season and hit .227/.288/.305 in 40 games, with two doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.

At Helena, he has hit .250/.310/.453 in 33 games, scoring 30 runs with 14 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI.

Defensively, he’s a work in progress, with 14 errors across the two levels this season after committing 19 in just 44 games in the Arizona Rookie League last year.

He has 92 strikeouts in his 73 games this season and there are concerns whether he can make enough contact for his power to make a difference.

The 19-year-old is projected as a 2018 arrival in the big leagues, though he might make a move over to third base before he arrives.

Bat speed isn’t the problem. Rather it’s just a need to clean up some mechanical flaws in his swing. If he can do that, he projects as a solid, middle-of-the-order guy.

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