MILWAUKEE The tag "shortstop of the future" isn't a label the Milwaukee Brewers are willing to throw around.
That's because, for the Brewers, the future at the shortstop position has been an uncertain one for more than two decades. Since Robin Yount vacated the position after the 1984 season, Milwaukee has never quite sent out a big-time prospect to play the position, instead settling for a bevy of talent that never showcased more than a few tools at time.
That's not to say that the Brewers haven't tried to find someone capable of being a franchise cornerstone at the position. In 2005, shortstop J.J. Hardy was supposed to be the Brewers' future, with an affinity for power that was unusual at the position. But when injuries and poor performance led to his ticket out of town, the Brewers gave the reins to their young, highly touted shortstop Alcides Escobar.
As one of the top prospects in baseball -- and by far the top prospect Milwaukee had trotted out at the position since Yount...