If there is one prevailing trend on this list, it's the acquisition of Buy MLB18 Stubs high-end prospects via trade. The Pirates drafted their five top-100 prospects themselves, but the other four teams made this list by wheeling and dealing. For example, the Brewers landed Brinson and Ortiz from Texas in last season's Jonathan Lucroy trade, Hader and Phillips in 2015's Carlos Gomez deal and Diaz in last offseason's Jean Segura swap. Clark and Ray, meanwhile, were the organization's top picks in the last two Drafts -- Clark fifteenth overall in 2015 and Ray fifth overall in 2016.
Those are all markers of a successful rebuild, bringing in high-end prospects via trade and making good use of high draft picks that result from poor on-field performance. Converting those prospects into a winning Major League team, however, is another thing entirely, and is likely to be a much longer process. None of the Brewers prospects above are likely to open 2017 in the Major Leagues nor is it a given that any will spend significant time in the Majors this season. The 20-year-old Clark is still something of a lottery ticket. The Brewers do already have Domingo Santana, Orlando Arcia and Zach Davies in the Majors, but the only team in their division that they are ahead of in terms of contending again is the Reds.