Lucas Erceg
23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Milwaukee Brewers AA
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
Invited to major-league camp
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
January 16, 2019
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Erceg earned the invitation despite a subpar showing for Double-A Biloxi last season, in which he posted a .248/.306/.382 line with 13 homers in 123 games. Those numbers simply aren't good enough for a third baseman, so Erceg's odds of earning his major-league debut this year appear low unless his output improves significantly.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Picking it up at Double-A level
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
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  AA
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  AA
Head
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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Day-to-day after HBP to head
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
Head
April 24, 2018
Erceg is day-to-day after being struck by a pitch on the helmet in a game with Double-A Biloxi on Monday, according to MiLB.com.
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Faring well in Double-A debut
3BMilwaukee Brewers  AA
April 12, 2018
Erceg is 10-for-26 (.385) with four doubles, four RBI, and a 2:4 BB:K through six games with Double-A Biloxi.
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