With the 2016 MLB Draft soon to come, the Milwaukee Brewers former top picks show it’s no guarantee they’ll make it to the big leagues.
As the MLB Draft 2016 is less than a week away (June 9-11), let’s take a look back at a few of the names they picked in the first round and some more of the possibilities of who they could take at the #5 pick.
Taking a look at an article from the3rdmanin.com, they look back at who the Milwaukee Brewers selected back to 2006 and where they’re at today. Of course, Jeremy Jeffress was their pick at #16. Although, he’s had his hiccups along the way, has remained a reliable presence in the bullpen and now the closer with 15 saves.
With the #5 pick this year, the Milwaukee Brewers haven’t seen that high of a pick in the past 10 years since 1B Matt LaPorta was chosen at #7. He was part of the deal back in 2008 mid-season to get SP CC Sabathia. In 2015, LaPorta retired after his last contract with the Baltimore Orioles after a few years (2009-2012) struggling with the Cleveland Indians.
Some have done well in MLB, but not with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. 2B/3B Brett Lawrie was chosen at #16 back in 2008. He was traded to Toronto for SP Shaun Marcum in 2010 and is now with the Chicago White Sox. He’s off to one of his best starts of his career in 2016 as he’s batting .256/.342/.422 with 6 HRs and 21 RBIs.
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SP Jake Odorizzi was also drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 at #32. He’s in his 5th season in MLB, 4th with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching 67.2 innings with a solid 3.33 ERA thus far this year.
SP Jed Bradley was drafted at #15 in 2011 and recently traded to the Braves for a player to be named later or cash. All other picks before that year have been released by the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
But, with a new GM, we might have some better luck. So, if all goes well, the Milwaukee Brewers have a pick just like 2005 at the same spot at #5…Ryan Braun.
Who else could the Milwaukee Brewers pick in the 2016 draft?
As I wrote a few weeks ago about possibilities at the #5 spot just who the Milwaukee Brewers may choose, not much has changed in the mock drafts. SS Delvin Perez, OF Corey Ray, OF Mickey Moniak, and RHP Riley Pint are all the most likely. But, another name or two has been mentioned.
So, let’s take a look at two others who could possibly get the choice at #5 this year.
17 yrs old
6-6, 180 lb
Barnegat (NJ) High School
LHP Jason Groome is a name slipped in by Jim Callis’ latest Mock Draft at MLB.com as another possibility if the Milwaukee Brewers really wanted to look for a starting pitcher. The only thing is he simply might not be there for how talented he is.
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Positives: Some have said he’s the most talented player in the draft. Can get his fastball up to 96 mph and has developed a “natural” curveball. A.J. Puk seems to be the one pitcher ahead of him.
Negatives: First, could quite easily not be available for the Milwaukee Brewers as Keith Law’s latest mock draft has him going at #3 to the Atlanta Braves. Second, much like SS Delvin Perez, he’s very young at 17 years old and would need lots of time to develop. The Milwaukee Brewers would have to take 4-5 years for him if all goes as planned.
18 yrs old
6-4, 190 lb
Pope High School (Marietta, GA)
Although, in the latest mock drafts, he’s not going until later in the first round (23rd – Keith Law / 24th – Baseball America), he’s got the talent to be a top 15 pick. He’d be quite a surprise if the Milwaukee Brewers took him at #5, but you never know.
Positives: Keith Law said the Milwaukee Brewers heavily scouted him in his latest mock draft and is still a possibility (if they want a big discount). Can get up to the low-mid 90s on the mound and also play 3B and even possibly the OF down the line with the strength of his arm. Potential power at the plate.
Negatives: There’s not much downside to Josh Lowe, but the Milwaukee Brewers simply might have more talent available on the board and be willing to get the best player available no matter what the cost is.