It’s the end of the MLB Draft and the Milwaukee Brewers had a total of 41 picks, so let’s take a look at a few highlights.
With speculation on whether the Milwaukee Brewers would draft a pitcher vs. offense, they went the safe route and took OF Corey Ray, a no surprise pick after MLB.com had him predicted to go at that spot. But for more on his background, there’s plenty to read on where he grew up as he went to the same high school as Milwaukee Bucks PF Jabari Parker.
But, let’s take a look at some of the other players the Milwaukee Brewers fans might want to keep an eye on throughout the upcoming years.
Round 2, Pick 45 – 3B Lucas Erceg, 6’3” 200 lbs, Menlo College
If not for low grades, Erceg would have still been drafted out of University of Cal, but ended up having to transfer to Menlo College for his senior year. A National League scout said to SFGate it didn’t make much of a difference. While he did do some pitching at Menlo College, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him for his offense as he showed some power with 20 HRs and .639 slugging percentage in his junior season.
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Competitive Balance Round B, Pick 75 – C Mario Feliciano, 6’1” 200 lbs, Carlos Beltran Academy (Puerto Rico)
Feliciano is very young at just 17-years old, but has a big upside as he’s got raw power with the bat. ESPN notes his contemporary power at Great American Ballpark as he hit six balls out of Great American Ballpark during a home run derby. The question for the young catcher is whether he’ll actually be able to maintain that position. He’s well below average as he’s got the arm strength, but needs the time to show he’s got the “pop” as it’s possible he may not stay at that position over time.
Round 4, Pick 111 – P Corbin Burnes, 6’3” 205 lbs, St’s Mary’s
The two biggest words to describe Burnes might simply be “raw” and “consistency.” Even if everything goes well through the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, he may not be a SP, as it’s likely he’ll be a reliever. He can get up to 96, while his secondary pitches are considered above average.
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Minorleagueball.com made a list of college players that were at least junior level or higher. The Milwaukee Brewers made sure to draft more than a few over the past few days as they certainly seemed to emphasize more experience later in the draft.
Here are the players:
Round 9, pick 261 — 2B Trey York (6-2, 190), East Tennessee State (Senior)
Round 10, pick 291 — LHP Blake Fox (6-4, 225), Rice (Senior)
Round 22, pick 651 — LHP Cam Roegner (6-6, 210), Bradley U. (Senior)
Round 28, Pick 831 — RHP Andrew Vernon (6-4, 232), North Carolina Central (Senior)
Round 33, pick 981 — RHP Emerson Gibbs (6-2, 200) Tulane U (Senior)
It’s only a matter of time to find out which players will truly make it through the system. Hopefully, in the years to come Milwaukee Brewers fans will look back and think GM David Stearns’ 2016 MLB Draft was a good start.