Brice Turang

Position: SS
Level: Minor League Spring Training
Affiliate: Brewers A-
League: Minor League Spring Training
Born: 11/21/1999 (Age: 24)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 173
B/T: Left / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd. (#21 Overall), 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIL)

Prospect Spotlight

After a decorated amateur career on the showcase circuit and with Team USA, Turang may have been the victim of some prospect fatigue. He was still a first-rounder, but went later in Day 1 of the draft than many expected, sliding to Milwaukee at #21 overall from a Southern California high school. Turang showed his polish by slashing .283/.396/.352 after signing, reaching the Pioneer League by season’s end and walking nearly as much as he struck out.

Turang has the physical tools to play shortstop in the big leagues, carrying his 6-foot-1 frame with lean, quick-twitch muscularity. He’s a plus athlete with good actions and body control in the field, showing enough arm for the position with a quick transfer. At the plate, he lacks the present strength and lift in his swing to generate much home run power right now. Turang has a short, efficient stroke that makes lots of contact, and his hitting ability is played up by a very patient approach. He’s fearless going late in counts and shows a mature feel to work pitchers into giving him something to hit. He conservatively projects as a future 50-grade hitter who consistently draws walks, able to grow into 40 or 45-grade power with continued strength gains. It’s more likely what power does develop offensively conveys to game action as gap sting rather than true over-the-fence loft.

Turang’s chances at being an everyday 2-3 WAR contributor center around his ability to stay at short. The chance to develop an average hit tool at a premium position give him the upside of a long-time regular at the 6. His polished and well-rounded game gives a higher floor than most recent high school draftees, even if he winds up falling short of that ceiling.