The Milwaukee Brewers had plenty to be excited about after the 2016 MLB Draft and their 23rd round pick has shown some pop in Rookie League.
In the 2016 MLB Draft the Milwaukee Brewers went for bats early on drafting OF Corey Ray and 3B Lucas Erceg, and C Mario Feliciano before ever drafting a pitcher. Ray started in A+ league right away, Erceg was impressive enough in Helena to be called up to lower A, and Feliciano is currently with 1B Ronnie Gideon in Rookie League.
Gideon is 21-years old and was drafted out of Texas A&M, one of six draft picks drafted out of the SEC conference by the Milwaukee Brewers. While other hitters like SS Gilbert Lara and OF Demi Orimoloye who are part of MLB Pipeline’s top 30 prospects are on the Helena Brewers roster, Gideon has outdone them pretty heavily.
With a batting line of .335/.386/.652 and 12 HRs and 31 RBIs, he leads the current roster in all the stats besides OBP in 155 ABs. Adding on a .436 wOBA and 148 wRC+ makes it look even better. It seems playing in the SEC has helped him out just a bit as he’s 2nd in HRs, SLG, and 4th in OPS in the Pioneer League.
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When asked about what his strengths were on Brewers on Tap with Lane Grindle, Gideon said:
"“Obviously, I’m a hitter. My thing is power. Big power guy. I like hitting the long ball, but that’s going to be a change. I need to change where hey now, I need to be an RBI guy, drive in runs. When the long ball comes, it comes. I see also my strength is playing first. I have a good glove and I can pick it over there a bit. I feel that power and my glove are going to be my big things.”"
In the interview, Grindle also mentioned how Gideon has been around the game as his father, Ron Gideon, was a Colorado Rockies manager in the minor league system. He later moved on to becoming their minor league field coordinator from 2006-2011. The Rockies actually drafted Ronnie in the 2013 amateur draft, but he decided to go on to play college baseball.
The Helena Brewers hope Ronnie Gideon can continue his power bat and help the team compete as they are currently 7-8 in the 2nd half and 4 games back of 1st. The Milwaukee Brewers rookie league team is 22-31 overall.