Milwaukee Brewers number one overall pick in 2017, Keston Hiura, is off to a hot start in his professional career, which the team hopes is good for their future as well.
Guys like Hiura, who get drafted in the first round, are locks to sign out of the draft. It is rare to waste a high pick on a questionable sign. The later rounds, though bring more questions of who will sign. That sign-ability is a huge part of how draft prospects are assessed. If the sign-ability is low, so is the draft stock.
If you have ever watched day two of the MLB Draft, you will hear the draft experts talk about the sign-ability aspect. Generally, the top ten rounds are all players who have a high likelihood to ink with the team.
With that there are guys who do not sign every year. And some of these players will get drafted in later years, by other teams, leaving the team wondering what could have been. These players turn down contracts to pursue an education while refining their baseball skills at the college level.
There are no shortage of players who sign and get traded to become stars elsewhere too. The list of those names around the league can go on and on. In recent memory the Milwaukee Brewers drafted and signed players like Jake Odorizzi, Brett Lawrie, and Lorenzo Cain. They all moved on and found success with different organizations.
The biggest example of that for the Brew Crew has to be Gary Sheffield. He was drafted and even came up with the team as a shortstop. He was traded after four years in Milwaukee. Sheffield whined the whole time though. So he had to be dealt. That is a long history that is a whole other story.
What about those guys who decided to go a different direction and not sign? Who are they? The Milwaukee Brewers have become nothing more than a trivia question in these players careers. But it can forever be said that they drafted them first.
This list are guys who didn’t sign. The players who wanted try their hand at college, or a different sport.