Milwaukee Brewers: Top performing 2017 draft picks
By Trevor Hooth
After sneaking into the top 10 rounds, the Milwaukee Brewers ninth round pick hit extremely well. In fact, his .336 batting average in Helena warranted a promotion to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
At the next level, Carroll hit .261 through 30 games. That places him third for the team among players who played in as many games or more. His minors career is off to a great start, made evident by the nine homers he has slugged and combined .300 batting average.
Being a third baseman does not make his road any easier. The organization is crawling with talented infielders. His seven errors across both leagues do not help his case. He saw a couple games at second and first, but he is primarily at the hot corner.
Being a mid-season all-star for Helena shows enough potential to find a spot for him. It is not unheard of to transfer a solid bad and strong arm at third to catcher. The Cardinals did that with Carson Kelly, who now sits as the top catcher prospect. No matter what, his bat plays.
In terms of getting total value out of a pick, Ward is still the farthest away of anyone on this list. The reason he is worth mentioning is the offensive potential displayed during his time with the Arizona League Brewers where he hit a respectable .276.
It isn’t a number that will shoot off of the page, but the Milwaukee Brewers 12th round pick showed off some tools. He swiped bases, he showed gap power and he hit for a good average from the left side of the plate. Oh, did I mention he is only 17?
That’s right, he is playing straight out of high school. He won’t even be old enough to vote until October. That makes the offensive numbers more impressive.
That being said, there is no excuse for an outfielder to commit nine errors. While his hitting ins on a great track, his glove needs some work. The seems to be a trend for the Brewer youngsters, but that is also what developmental coaching is for.