Troy Stokes, Jr.
Stokes, Jr. has acquitted himself well on his steady rise through the Brewers’ farm system since being drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. 2018 is a critical year for Stokes, Jr., as he will find himself exposed to the Rule V draft if he’s not added to the Brewers 40-man roster this offseason.
Despite his 5’8” stature, Stokes is strong, and he generates average raw power with his above-average bat speed, and a swing path that generates natural loft and allows for fence-clearing pop to the pull side. Stokes hit tool lags behind the power, as his swing has a grooved nature, netting swing-and-miss and weak contact on quality strikes. He gets the most of it by working deep counts and picking up his share of walks, but down in the count, Stokes’ below-average hit tool is exposed. Once a plus runner, Stokes has lost a half grade with his legs as his frame has matured, but he’s still able to make an impact with strong base-running instincts. In the outfield, his fringy arm strength limits him to left field in a regular role, where his glove rates average.
Stokes has previously had the look of a platoon or potential second-division regular, flashing five tools and impacting the game in several ways. While his power output is enticing, Stokes minimal hitting and defensive contributions may limit him to a Role 40 bench role in the big leagues. His toolsy, athletic profile without a true above-average carrying tool, is still attractive enough to find his way onto the 40-man roster this off-season.