OF Mitch Haniger
Haniger was a first-round pick by the Brewers in 2012, albeit late in the round, with the 38th overall selection. He has spent this season with their Double-A affiliate in Huntsville, and has batted .255/.316/.416 there, with 10 home-runs. However, it's worth noting that the park in Huntsville is one of the most hitter-friendly in the Southern League, and that may play into Haniger's yawning home/road splits: he's hitting .314 in Huntsville, but below the Uecker Line on the road, and only two of those long balls have come away from home as well. He got off to a slow start, hitting .193 in April, but has come around a bit since then.
MLB.com slots Haniger in as the #10 prospect in the D-backs farm system after the move, putting him between Nick Ahmed and Jake Barrett. At the start of the season, John Sickels had him as the #7 in the Brewers system, saying Haniger had "no glaring strengths, but no huge weaknesses. Does a lot of things reasonably well, good fielder with moderate power, could hit .260 with a decent OBP. Personification of a Brewers prospect." Baseball America ranked Haniger higher, putting him at #3 and calling him the best outfield arm in the Milwaukee system. There's an interesting interview with him on Fangraphs; perhaps worth quoting him at length discussing his hitting approach.
"My approach is pretty complex. It always depends on the situation. Are there are runners on? What kind of game is it? I’m also big on scouting reports. I want to try to find out how the pitcher likes to attack you. That impacts what I’m going to be looking for. I was already doing that when I was at Cal Poly. I’ve made small adjustments, like trying to make my swing as short as possible. But nothing really huge. I have pretty much the same mechanics I did in college. My setup is pretty standard. "I think [my plate discipline] is pretty good. Obviously, there’s always going to be room for improvement, but I like where I’m at right now. Hopefully I can continue to get better."
Haniger made a good showing in Arizona during last year's AFL, leading the league with 24 RBI in 25 games with the championship winning Surprise Saguaros, hitting .280 with four homers and an ..834 OPS. He seems to have a blue-collar approach: "My biggest thing is I always try to play like I've got something to prove — with a chip on my shoulder. Coming into college I wasn't the highest prospect. I always kind of play like I have something to prove. I think that's kind of my motivation. I'd like to keep that throughout my whole career." But I swear, I will cut the first person who uses the G-word...
LHP Anthony Banda
Definitely the lesser of the two prospects received from Milwaukee, Banda was a 10th-round pick in 2012 - ironically, the Diamondbacks had selected him the previous year, in the 33rd-round, but were not able to sign him. He's still young, not turning 21 until next month, making him young for his current level in A-ball. He has worked both as a starter and out of the bullpen for the Brewers' affiliate there, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, putting up a 3.66 ERA over 83.2 innings, with a K:BB ratio of 83:38, He has been unscored upon in his last three appearance, totaling 15 innings, allowing seven hits with 14 strikeouts and five walks.
Here's an interview with Banda from May 2013 in which he talks about being drafted by both the Diamondbacks and the Brewers,and which says "Banda features a fastball that currently sits between 90-93 miles per hour. He also throws a curveball and change up" And, you'll be pleased to here, he is on Twitter, as @anthony_banda3 - Haniger is as well, @M_Hanny19.