Position: Third Base

DOB: May 1, 1995

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 200

Bats: Left / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (2nd round, 2016)

Profile: Selected by the Brewers out of Menlo College in the second round last year, Erceg began his collegiate career at California where he worked as both an infielder and a pitcher. He wound up transferring to Menlo after two seasons at Cal due to academic issues which may have hurt his draft stock, but the left-handed hitting Erceg looked like a first round talent in his pro debut. After signing with Milwaukee for $1.15 million, he joined Helena in the Pioneer League before quickly earning a promotion to Wisconsin where he finished out his inaugural season. With a sweet lefty swing that generates easy power, Erceg showed a good ability to square up pitches last season, collecting 89 hits in 68 games. Defensively he has good instincts at the hot corner and a very strong arm that should allow him to stick at the position moving forward.

2016: After signing with Milwaukee, Erceg made his way to Helena to kick off his professional career. He made quick work of the Pioneer League, tearing through pitching to the tune of a .400 batting average, and received a promotion to Class-A Wisconsin after just 26 games. He continued to rake after joining the Timber Rattlers, collecting nine hits in his first four games. In 42 Midwest League contests, Erceg finished with a line of .281/.328/.497, driving in 29 runs. 19 of his 47 hits went for extra-bases as he piled up nine doubles, three triples and seven home runs while seeing regular playing time as the Rattlers everyday third baseman.

2017: Coming off of a strong spring showing, Erceg was assigned to High-A Carolina to open the 2017 season.  He got off to a slow start but picked things up as the season moved along, finishing the year batting .256/.307/.417 with 33 doubles and 15 home runs in 127 games.  The Brewers rewarded Erceg’s performance with a bump to Triple-A Colorado Springs for the playoffs, then sent him to the Arizona Fall League to get additional at-bats against some of baseball’s top prospects.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#10)