OQUENDO, JONATHAN

Position: Infield

DOB: March 21, 1996

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 170

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (14th round, 2014)

Profile:  Selected by the Brewers out of high school in the 14th round in 2014, Oquendo signed with Milwaukee and began his pro career in the AZL that same season.  He split time between the AZL and Helena in 2015, then between Helena and Wisconsin in 2016.  He opened up the 2017 season at Class-A Wisconsin, bouncing between the Timber Rattlers and High-A Carolina.  A versatile infielder with a decent arm, good hands and average or better range, Oquendo is a switch-hitter with good bat speed, but that hasn’t translated to much power for him thus far.  Despite his ability to do so much on the field, Oquendo has seen his playing time limited through his first four seasons but he has good size and athleticism and his versatility should help him out.

2014:  After signing with Milwaukee following the draft, Oquendo made his way to Maryvale, where he worked with Milwaukee’s affiliate in the AZL.  He appeared in 30 games there, batting .204, collecting 20 hits in 98 at-bats.

2015:  Oquendo returned to the Arizona League for a second season, batting .250 with four doubles in 25 games, then received a promotion to Helena in July.  He finished out the year there, appearing in 28 games for the Helena Brewers, batting .240 with five doubles in 28 games.

2016:  The Brewers had Oquendo open up the 2016 season in extended spring training, then assigned him to Helena again once their season got going.  He saw action in 22 games there, batting .296 before earning a promotion to Class-A Wisconsin in August.  He hit .232 in 20 games with the Timber Rattlers, collecting one double and one triple.

2017:  Oquendo got his first taste of full-season ball in 2017, opening up the year at Wisconsin.  He moved up to High-A Carolina in May, before returning to the Timber Rattlers in July and in 45 combined games between the two levels, he hit .159 and scored 13 runs.