Lucas Erceg
24-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Milwaukee Brewers AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Erceg sputtered in his time at Double-A last season, hitting an unimpressive .248/.306/.382 with 16 homers in 123 games. The third baseman avoided strikeouts well, striking out just 16.1% of the time, but he simply hasn't done enough damage when he makes contact. He has the arm to stick at the hot corner (unless the Brewers give up on his bat and move him to the mound, where he had success as an amateur), but his fielding is mediocre and his bat hasn't been good enough for a corner position. The Brewers are better and deeper than they've been for a long time, so it's unlikely Erceg will find a path to the big leagues this season. He'll need a significant step forward at the plate in the minors this year if he's to recapture some of his previous prospect shine and get back on track. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Brewers in June of 2016 that includes a $1.15 million signing bonus.
Fast start at Triple-A level
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 17, 2019
Erceg has gone 9-for-23 (.391) with three home runs, eight RBI, and an 8:7 BB:K over his last eight games with Triple-A San Antonio.
Erceg started the minor-league season just 1-for-11, but he has been on fire since, both getting on base and hitting for power at a stellar clip. This is Erceg's first full campaign at the Triple-A level, and it could not have started much better for him. It's a bit of a long shot he will make his big-league debut this year given he is not on the Brewers' 40-man roster, plus his fellow San Antonio infielders are much more experienced, but a big season would still go a long way toward increasing his long-term value.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Erceg's power rates dipped in his second season as he got his first taste of High-A action, but he did do a better job putting the bat on the ball, cutting his strikeouts while making more contact. The results from his refined approach were not promising for most of the season as he owned just a .688 OPS at the end of July, but things all came together in August, when he posted a .296 batting average, .864 OPS and 14:20 BB:K over 26 High-A games. That showing, plus the fact he will turn 23 next May, puts him on track to earn an assignment to the Double-A ranks to kick off the 2018 campaign, and if he can carry over his late-season success, he could find himself comfortably listed on most top-100 prospect lists when they are revised around the midway point in 2018.
Erceg, Milwaukee's 2016 second-round pick, destroyed rookie ball and earned a quick promotion thanks to a 1.004 OPS in his first 26 professional games. He continued to flash power to all fields after promotion to the full-season Midwest League, as he mashed seven home runs in just 42 games for Low-A Wisconsin. At 6-foot-3, Erceg has the frame to be a big-time power hitter in the major leagues and should continue to improve his power if he can bulk up in the next few years. He has the arm to play third base, so if he can continue to develop his power, he could be Milwaukee's third baseman of the future.
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Will open in minors
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
March 20, 2019
Erceg has been informed he won't break camp with the Brewers, Adam McCalvy of reports.
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Invited to major-league camp
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
January 16, 2019
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Picking it up at Double-A level
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
August 6, 2018
Erceg has hit .305/.349/.513 with eight home runs and 24 RBI over 41 games since the Double-A All-Star break.
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Back in action for Biloxi
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 27, 2018
Erceg (head) returned to action Thursday for Double-A Biloxi, going 0-for-3 with a run, a walk and a strikeout in Birmingham.
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Will rest after HBP
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 24, 2018
Erceg (head) will receive a couple days off after a pitch struck his helmet Monday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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