There are 2 international prospects to likely sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, but are they among the best?
It seems like GMs and scouts can relax since the 2016 MLB Draft is all finished, but not so fast. The international prospects are eligible to sign on July 2nd, so more work has to be done as the Milwaukee Brewers hope to sign players like SS Jean Segura (signed by LAA in 2007) and Carlos Gomez (signed by NYM in 2002).
Two names have been affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers and ranked by Baseball America: SS Jean Carlos Carmona and OF Pablo Abreu . Both of them are in the top 50, but are they among the best? Let’s take a look.
20. SS Jean Carlos Carmona
16 yrs old
BA has Carmona ranked at #20 on their list of the best international prospects. The main reason for this pick is his bat as he’s not the typical SS that may be drafted for his defense. He’s expected overall to be quite average in power, speed, and athleticism. As far as his defense goes he could transition to either 2B or 3B as his defense isn’t his strongest asset.
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44. OF Pablo Abreu
16 yrs old
Abreu is definitely down on the list for BA as he’s ranked much lower than Carmona at the #44 spot. His biggest strength his speed as nothing else really jumps out for scouts. Abreu has issues with his swing as BA says he tends to try to “hit everything out of the park.” While he does have speed, he’s not for sure set for CF as he may not be quite at that level and may end up in the corner spot.
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In recent years, the Milwaukee Brewers haven’t shied away from drafting international prospects. BA’s #29 International Prospect Jose Sibrian signed with them last year and in 2014 they signed BA’s #5 International Prospect Gilbert Lara for 3.1 million.
Lara is ranked #5 of all the Milwaukee Brewers prospects by Baseball America and just started his 2nd season with the Helena Brewers.