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Milwaukee Brewers: Top performing 2017 draft picks

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MILWAUKEE - MAY 9: A general view of the Milwaukee Brewers hat and glove taken before the game against the Washington Nationals on May 9, 2007 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Nationals 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE - MAY 9: A general view of the Milwaukee Brewers hat and glove taken before the game against the Washington Nationals on May 9, 2007 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Nationals 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – APRIL 06: General view as fans arrive to Miller Park before the start of Opening Day between the Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 06, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – APRIL 06: General view as fans arrive to Miller Park before the start of Opening Day between the Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers on April 06, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /

Tristen Lutz

Now, as a compensation pick, Lutz does come with some expectation. To add to it, he signed out of high school. That being said, the 19 year old outfielder did very well during his first professional stint.

Most of his games came as a member of the Helena Brewers. Through 24 games, Lutz finished with the second highest batting average on the team. He even connected for six homers in 24 games at that level.

As is the case with most transitioning players, Lutz needs to tone down the strikeouts. Through 40 total games, he was sent packing 42 times. But, he is 19 getting his first taste. That is bound to happen and not at all a huge issue. There are big things coming from this young bat.

KJ Harrison

The former Oregon State catcher finished just below Lutz in terms of batting average for the Helena Brewers. His .308 mark shows a lot of promise moving forward.

There is some expectation to being a third round selection. Just ask 2007 third round selection Jonathan Lucroy. However, so far Harrison is stepping up to the challenge. He finished the year top five in almost every offensive category.

Harrison is a catcher by trade. However, after seeing the field in only 17 of his 48 games, that does pose a defensive question. Especially after four passed balls, one error, and only throwing out seven runners while allowing 20 steals.

More than likely, he will be moved. The organization will find a spot on the field to keep him. After all, they want a bat hitting .300 in the lineup. It is a similar situation to Hiura, in that the bat plays but the glove is proving to be suspect. There is time for development, but his bat will carry him a long way very quick. If he can improve as a backstop then he may progress quicker. Young, solid catchers don’t come around every day.

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