The MLB Draft is June 9-11 and the Milwaukee Brewers have the 5th overall pick, but should they go for the obvious need…pitching?
As I recently wrote in my “How the Milwaukee Brewers Can Learn From Theo Epstein…” article, I tried to point out just how they made it a point to go after hitting first when all signs say a team must go after pitching in order to win. Coming up soon, the Milwaukee Brewers and their new GM David Stearns has his first big choice to make on just how he should address the team…draft on needs or best talent available?
So, let’s break each player down by where which websites had the Milwaukee Brewers taking them first. (Because mock drafts always get them right…I mean, right?)
17 yrs old
6-3, 165 lb
International Baseball Academy
Both Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis have the Milwaukee Brewers taking the young SS at #5 (at least once before they were updated). Certainly would first make fans wonder why a SS when Orlando Arcia is right on his way up and we may not be in need of this position and second he’s obviously not a pitcher, an area the Milwaukee Brewers need.
But, let’s take a look at why he’d be the right choice. Being a Puerto Rican prep, GM David Stearns is familiar with one with the Houston Astros, SS Carlos Correa. And things have gone pretty well for him. Let’s break down the simplicities of him by positives and negatives.
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Positives: Not quite ready to throw the “5-tool player” line on him, but he could simply be an all around player. If anything, he’ll have the glove to stand out on defense and need the time to develop his bat. Being that he has the “physical frame” to develop as more than a hitter due to his size, his potential is very high.
Negatives: Youth, immaturity is huge on Perez’s half. Both Mayo and Callis had the Milwaukee Brewers taking him in their latest mock draft at #5, but then he dropped down to #8 to the Padres. While GM David Stearns knows the team is rebuilding, how long is he willing to wait for a prospect and where would Perez go if he fully develops and there isn’t a spot for him with Arcia coming up?
Next: OFs Corey Ray & Mickey Moniak