LARA, GILBERT

Position: Shortstop, Third Base

DOB: October 30, 1997

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 190

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (July 10, 2014)

Profile: Signed by Milwaukee out of the Dominican Republic in 2014 for a deal reported to be north of $3 million, Lara made his professional debut in the AZL in 2015, before a late season promotion to Helena. After 12 Pioneer League games in 2015, he returned to Helena in 2016, where he saw action in 59 games. Strong and athletic with plus bat speed that should generate good power numbers as he progresses, Lara has yet to fully tap into his potential as he struggles to maintain consistency. He has shortened up his swing in an effort to make better contact but still lacks patience and gets himself off balance at the plate. Big and physical, Lara has shown the ability to handle shortstop early in his career, with good range and a strong arm, though most scouts still believe he will outgrow the position and could slide over to third base. After just turning 19 in late October, Lara would be one of the youngest players on the Wisconsin roster if the Brewers opt to send him there but he’s still so young that more development in extended spring training could be beneficial to him as well.

2015: The Brewers opted to have Lara skip over the Dominican Summer League and at age 17 he got his career underway in Maryvale with Milwaukee’s Arizona League affiliate. He got off to a fantastic start, hitting safely in 15 of his first 17 games, including a trio of four hit performances. He wore down as the season went on and wound up finishing with a .248 average in 51 AZL games and the Brewers rewarded him with a bump to Helena to finish out the year.

2016: After a stint in extended spring training, Lara returned to Helena in 2016 when their season got underway in June. In 59 Pioneer League games, the Dominican infielder hit .250 with two home runs and 28 runs batted in. While seeing the majority of his time at shortstop, Lara also saw limited action at third base, which could be a sign of things to come.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#15)
2016 (#5)