Surprisingly, mock drafts not pointing towards drafting pitching first.
18 yrs old
6-4, 195 LBs
St Thomas Aquinas
This possibility comes from FanGraphs article, “A Way-Too-Early 2016 Mock Draft,” so it might be far-fetched, but which mock draft isn’t? But, Pint addresses exactly what the Milwaukee Brewers are in need of and FanGraphs are huge fans of the right-hander.
Positives: Exactly what the Milwaukee Brewers could use, a top of the rotation possibility. Pint has touched his fastball up to 102, but will more be around 95-98. He does have a slider and changeup. Both need more work, but have shown promise, especially the changeup so far.
Negatives: Pitching is always risky early on. Especially early on the Milwaukee Brewers might look at a top 5 pick and the money and make sure to play it safe as a pitcher like LHP Nathan Kirby, a first rounder last year, has had to undergo Tommy John Surgery.
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With a new GM, the Milwaukee Brewers could go any route this year and mock drafts are going to change throughout the weeks to come. Personally, I’m not a fan of the pitching at the top in the first round and would like to see the team wait on that later in the draft. Corey Ray and Mickey Moniak may be considered “safe” picks by some, but down the line might fully develop and be a key part into the Milwaukee Brewers future.
If all goes well even with the prospects coming up, some of these names can be used for trades, so a Delvin Perez might seem like an odd choice, but if the team has him highly ranked and down the line he’s starting to develop, a rebuilding team (not speaking of the Brewers for once) might love to trade for him.