Brewers: Orlando Arcia tops updated prospects list

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16. Demi Orimoloye, OF

Demi Orimoloye, a mammoth outfielder from St. Matthew Catholic Secondary School in Orleans, Ontario, has gotten off to a solid start to his career after being selected in the fourth round by the Brewers last month.

In the Arizona Rookie League, Orimoloye has hit .307/.330/.602 in 21 games, with 17 runs, seven doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI and has 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts.

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, he has played 17 games in right field and is relatively new to the game, lacking polish at the plate at times and making some fundamental mistakes on the bases and in the field.

But he’s as good an athlete as there was in the 2015 draft and entered the spring as a potential first-round pick before having an uneven final season as a prep.

That discipline and lack of polish at the plate shows in his ratios—just one walk and 25 strikeouts in 91 plate appearances thus far.

17. Marcos Diplan, RHP

Marcos Diplan came to the Brewers organization from the Texas Rangers in January along with right-hander Corey Knebel and shortstop Luis Sardinas in exchange for right-hander Yovani Gallardo and the 18-year-old is off to a solid start at Helena this season.

Signed for $1.3 million by the Rangers in July 2013, Diplan is 2-1 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.352 WHIP in four starts and three relief appearances at Helena, striking out 29 in 30.1 innings.

This is his debut season in the U.S. after starting 13 games in the Dominican Summer League last year, where he was 7-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 1.062 WHIP in 64 innings, with 57 strikeouts.

The Dominican was the top-rated pitcher among international prospects in 2013, he is still mastering his delivery and at 6-feet and 160 pounds also projects to fill out and add power to his low-90s fastball.

18. Victor Roache, OF

Chosen 28th overall in the 2012 draft out of Georgia Southern University, the 23-year-old Roache was thrown into the first in 2013, assigned immediately to Wisconsin.

Last season, he struggled at the plate at Brevard County, hitting .226/.298/.400 in 122 games, with 17 doubles, 18 home runs and 54 RBI, but with 138 strikeouts in 481 plate appearances.

He started this season back at Brevard, and was bumped up after hitting .259/.326/.488 in 63 games, with 11 doubles, 10 homers and 36 RBI.

In 30 games at Biloxi, Roache is at .276/.353/.543 with 15 runs, nine doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI. At the two levels, he has struck out 126 times in 383 plate appearances.

A native of Ypsilanti, Mich., Roache is 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds and his power is his best tool. But he has to improve his pitch recognition to take advantage of it, still swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone who will likely be limited to left field because of his below-average speed.

19. Kyle Wren, OF

Kyle Wren, 24, was an eighth round pick by the Atlanta Braves out of Georgia Tech in 2013 and is all speed and little power.

Last season with Double-A Mississippi in the Atlanta Oragnization, he hit .283/.338/.376 in 56 games, with 28 runs, 11 doubles, four triples and 16 RBI while going 13-for-18 on the bases. That came after he hit .296/.359/.357 in 76 games at Advanced-A Lynchburg, with 46 runs, 10 doubles, four triples and 27 RBI while going 33-for-32 on the paths.

Wren was acquired by the Brewers in a November trade last year in exchange for right-hander Zach Quintana—after his father, Frank Wren, was fired as general manager of the Braves.

He began the year at Biloxi and hit .300/.370/.326 in 60 games, with 26 runs, six doubles and 13 RBI to go with 20 steals in 29 attempts.

At Colorado Springs, Wren has hit .241/.290/.267 in 34 games, with 13 runs, three doubles, six RBI. He is just 5-for-8 stealing bases at the Triple-A level.

Power will never be his thing—he has two home runs in 1,189 career plate appearances in the minors.

20. Miguel Diaz, RHP

The Brewers signed Miguel Diaz as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in December 2011 and it has been a slow climb for the 20-year-old.

Not projected as a top prospect initially, Diaz’s fastball has hit 97 and is regularly in the mid-90s to go with an above-average curveball.

He’s made one start in the Arizona Rookie League this year, throwing two shutout innings on Sunday and allowing one hit after missing four months following surgery to repair a fracture to his pitching elbow in March.

Last year in the Arizona circuit, Diaz was 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.319 WHIP in eight relief appearances and five starts, striking out 53 in 47 innings.

His first two seasons were spent in the Dominican Summer League.

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