Position: Pitcher

DOB: April 25, 1994

Height: 6’6″ / Weight: 240

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (2nd round, 2015)

Profile:  Ponce was selected by the Brewers in the second round of the 2015 draft out of Division II Cal Poly Pomona and inked a deal for a reported $1.1 million. After signing, he began his pro career with Helena but quickly received a promotion to Class-A Wisconsin after just two games. Hopes were high for Ponce entering 2016 but his season debut was delayed due to injury and he wound up missing the first two months of the season before joining Brevard County in early June. An imposing figure on the mound, Ponce is not afraid to go right after hitters, attacking with a fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range, clocking in as high as 97. Using both a four-seamer and a cutter, Ponce does a good job of working down in the zone though his fastball can get flat at times. He also mixes in a solid breaking ball and a changeup with good late fade that could become a plus pitch for him.

2015: The Brewers assigned Ponce to Helena of the Pioneer League after signing him, but his time there was short, as he made just two starts, allowing two runs over five total innings, before being promoted to Low-A Wisconsin. Ponce appeared in 12 games for the Timber Rattlers after joining them in early July, including seven starts, and went 2-1 with a 2.15 earned run average. He allowed an earned run in just one of his first six outings with Wisconsin, including four scoreless innings of one hit ball against Beloit in his Midwest League debut on July 5th. In 46 total innings of work, Ponce allowed only 11 earned runs and converted all three of his save opportunities.

2016:  After opening the 2016 season in extended spring training, Ponce finally joined up with the Brevard County Manatees in early June and after easing his way back into action, strung together a series of impressive starts in July that included six shutout innings in a July 9th start at Bradenton that saw him fan 12 opposing hitters. Things got rougher for Ponce as the season dragged on however and he dropped five of his final six starts to finish the season with a record of 2-8 and a 5.25 ERA.

Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#14)
2016 (#8)