Milwaukee Brewers: Who will they take in the first round?
By Trevor Hooth
The Milwaukee Brewers have the 21st pick in this years June Amateur Draft.
Recent Milwaukee Brewers first rounder’s like Kodi Medeiros, Corey Ray, and Keston Hiura have been playing very well in 2018. So, who could this year bring? It is about the time for mock drafts to come out, and each one will say something different.
Reviewing the Brew has done some early previews, but the picture gets clearer as the draft gets closer. The earliest predictions had the Brewers selecting Will Banfield, a high school catcher. However, that has not held up after several months went by.
RHP J.T. Ginn Brandon HS (MS)
The FanSided mock draft has J.T. Ginn going to the Brewers. He currently stands 36th on MLB Pipeline’s top draft prospects list. It is likely that the young righty will be foregoing his commitment to Mississippi State to sign with whoever picks him.
Ginn’s biggest asset is his right arm. He has been clocked a 99 MPH, and will likely be able to hit it regularly once he fills out his frame. The high school prospect can command the pitch to both sides of the plate with life. That is not all though. He also features a 60 grade slider in the mid 80’s.
OF Connor Scott, Plant HS (FL)
Fangraph’s mock draft has Connor Scott, a high school bat, going 21st overall to the Brewers. Recent first round hitters, such as Ray and Hiura, have been through college. But the farm system is in a place to grow a younger player.
Scott boasts a 70 grade run as the 18th overall draft prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The only listed comparison is former high school teammate Kyle Tucker, the 16th ranked prospect in baseball. Though Scott is faster. He projects as a hitter, but can also hit 93 MPH off of the mound from the left side.
RHP Mike Vasil, Boston College HS(MA)
There are no mock drafts that I have seen saying Mike Vasil will go to the Milwaukee Brewers. That being said, he is number 21 on MLB Pipeline. So if everything goes in order, which it won’t, that leaves Vasil going to the Crew.
Vasil features a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s, but he can hit 97 when he reaches for something extra. The go to secondary pitch is a curveball, and he will also feature a changeup that is waiting to be developed. The Virginia commit stands at 6’4″ with a lot of potential in his arm.
OF Trevor Larnach, Oregon State
Trevor Larnach fits the recent mold of Brewers first round hitters. The Oregon State product is projected as the 21st selection by both Jonathan Mayo and Sporting News. He is 24th in MLB Pipelines top 100 draft prospects list.
The story behind Larnach’s rise to prominence comes with a Nick Madrigal injury. Madrigal is number three in the rankings, but an injury to him gave Larnach a chance. He was able to showcase some pop from the left side in the Cape Cod league last summer, and again during his college season. At 6’4″ and 205 pounds, he lacks the speed of a centerfielder, so he will project in the corners of the outfield.
SS Jonathan India, University of Florida
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Jonathan India in the 26th round back in 2015. He decided to honor his commitment to Florida. That decision panned out as he now sits as the 10th best draft prospect on MLB Pipeline. Fanrag Sports predicts he will slide down to pick number 21.
Overall, India might be the most balanced hitter in the draft class. Every grade he has is 55, except his power which is 50. That is a solid player. He will only get better too. Between Hiura and India, that could be a high powered middle infield pair drafted first round in back to back years.
This post wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t throw a hat in the ring too. Sometimes the MLB draft is so unpredictable it is anyone’s guess. Not that it matters too much, but after taking Hiura, Ray, and Trent Grisham in the first round the last three years, I think they go pitching. I really like the idea of J.T. Ginn. However, that is a cop out to piggyback on that prediction. So, I say Tristan Beck out of Stanford.
What is intriguing about Beck is that his 60 grade changeup is his best pitch. His fastball is low 90’s right now, but his 6’4″, 165 pound frame leaves room to build on that. He sits as the 27th ranked prospect, but his command and feel for secondary pitches is what will draw teams to select him about his ranking.
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Whoever the Milwaukee Brewers decide to take will be in some good company based on recent first rounders. Though they have not contributed much at the major league level yet, the first round talent is on the way. Soon, we will get to see who will join them when the Brewers make the 21st overall pick in 2018.