Milwaukee Brewers Dynasty Sleepers, Breakouts, and Busts
Discover sleepers and breakouts from the Milwaukee Brewers for dynasty fantasy baseball both on the MLB and prospect side.
With dynasty season ramping up, it is time to talk about some sleepers, breakouts, and busts for each team. You can find our rankings and reports to see how we at the Dynasty Dugout value players for your dynasty leagues, but I also feel like it’s helpful to truly identify whether I believe a player can be a breakout or not. Here is where we call our shots on players, I think, require a call to action in dynasty, whether it be to buy or sell that player.
Milwaukee Brewers Dynasty Sleepers, Breakouts, and Busts
MLB Sleeper: Rhys Hoskins, 1B
Hoskins missed the entire 2023 season after suffering a knee injury during Spring Training on a non-contact play. Having signed a two-year deal with Milwaukee, Hoskins fits the Brewers perfectly and has a chance to have a strong season in 2024.
With high-end power, Hoskins has averaged 33 home runs per 150 games played, boding well for him wherever he lands in 2024. The batting averages won't wow you, but he is consistent, averaging between .245 and .247 in four of the last five seasons. Hoskins is one of the better buys among dynasty first basemen and plays up significantly in a points or OBP format.
Hoskins is not being valued appropriately in dynasty leagues and you could end up getting a really good value on him if you need a power hitting first baseman.
MLB Breakout: Robert Gasser, LHP
Gasser has been one of the more consistent arms in the minors since being drafted in the second round of the 2021 draft. He is a high-floor arm who has posted mid-to-upper 3’s ERA each year with around a strikeout per inning and respectable walk rates. Gasser throws plenty of strikes with all of his pitches, with, surprisingly, his four-seamer having the highest ball rate of any of his six pitches.
Yes, you read that right; Gasser has six pitches that he used above a ten percent clip in 2023, leading with his four-seam fastball, which he used nearly 30 percent of the time. The pitch sits between 92 and 93 mph, generating a 14 percent swinging strike rate. Gasser also mixes in a two-seamer in the same velocity band, but a different movement pattern, and added a cutter, which he used second most often among all pitches in 2023. The sinker averaged over 16 inches of horizontal break, giving it a nice distinct from the four-seam despite being in the same velo band.
Gasser has a decent changeup, but the problem is that it has minimum separation from the fastball. His slider is his best secondary, garnering up to 19 inches of horizontal movement, and Gasser shows comfortability throwing it to both-handed hitters. Gasser can also pull way back to the upper 70s and low 80s with a curveball that has a distinct shape from the slider.
With the Brewers moving on from Brandon Woodruff and having openings in the rotation, it seems Gasser could have a rotation spot out of Spring Training in 2024.
MLB Bust: Garrett Mitchell, OF
This is nothing against Mitchell, as I like him in general as a player, but this group makes it very hard to pick a bust out. Mitchell may not be a bust per se, but he has struggled with injuries throughout his career since being drafted in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft.
When Mitchell has been on the field, he has failed to get to these tools due to high ground ball and strikeout rates, especially at the MLB level. There is plenty of raw power in the profile, and Michell has high-end speed, but it has not translated into performance.
The glove will keep Mitchell in the lineup when he is healthy, but the questions remain if he can make enough contact to be a fantasy-relevant player.
Prospect Sleeper: Logan Henderson, RHP
Henderson jumped on radars in 2023 after being a fourth-round draft selection in 2021 out of McLennan Community College. Compiling 78.2 innings pitched in 18 starts, Henderson pitched to a 2.75 ERA with 106 strikeouts, good for a 35 percent strikeout rate while walking just 26(8.6%).
Henderson is smaller, and his fastball, which sits at 91 mph, has nice carrying action. His changeup plays well off the fastball with 11 mph of velocity separation, tumble, and fading action. When Henderson’s slider is working, he shows the makings of a starting pitcher.
The Fastball and changeup both had whiff rates north of 30 percent last year and hitters chased the changeup nearly 35 percent of the time out of the zone. The slider will have to improve its consistency as it only missed bats at a 23 percent clip.
There is still plenty to prove for Henderson as he continues to move up levels, and the first step in 2024 is showing his stuff can play against High-A hitters to begin the season. With a healthy season and the continual build-up of innings, Henderson could continue to build his stock in the system.
Prospect Breakout: Yophery Rodriguez, OF
Rodriguez was the Brewers’ highest-paid player in the 2023 international signing class, receiving a $1.5 million bonus. The results translated right over to professional ball as the lefty slashed .253/.393/.449 with six home runs and 21 extra base hits in 52 games this summer.
There is plenty of athleticism to dream on and with a few tweaks in his swing, Rodriguez could take off. The contact skills proved to be very good as Rodriguez made contact on 80 percent of pitches overall and 85 percent of pitches in-zone. While DSL pitching provides plenty of non-competitive pitches, Rodriguez still chased only 15 percent of pitches out of the zone, which was upper tier of DSL hitters.
There is still some to be desired in the power department as Rodriguez had just a 101 mph 90th percentile exit velocity, but considering his age, the number was strong, as was the 86.5 mph average exit velocity.
If Rodriguez can tweak the flatter swing and get more loft, there is a ton of breakout potential here.