Milwaukee Brewers: Who do the experts think they’ll draft?
By John Schnabl
With the Major League Baseball draft coming June 4th, let’s take a look at some of the various Mock Drafts that are out there to see who some of the experts think the Milwaukee Brewers will take with the 21st pick.
Mike Axisa from CBS Sports.com thinks that Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns has a very straightforward approach of taking the best available player no matter the position. He has the Brewers taking right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker from North Oconee High School in Georgia. Rocker is currently committed to Vanderbilt and prior to some early struggles this year was projected to be a top 15 pick.
Jonathan Mayo from MLB.com has the Milwaukee Brewers going in a different direction. He has the Brewers taking outfielder Trevor Larnach from Oregon State. Larnach is a player that seems to have come on strong this year. He had only three home runs coming into this season and has now hit 15 this year. Scouts say that in addition to his recent power, he hits for average and has good plate discipline.
Andrew Lawrence from the Sporting News shares the same sentiment as Mayo in his mock draft. He also has the Milwaukee Brewers taking outfielder Larnach from Oregon State. Both May and Lawrence believe that if the Brewers take Larnach, they will get a very good player at No. 21.
Jeff Ellis from 247Sports.com has the Milwaukee Brewers taking an outfielder but not Larnach. He has the Brewers taking Greyson Jenista from Wichita State. Ellis’ take on this pick is that the Brewers like to draft players who show strong on-base skills and feels that Jenista is a talented small school player who fits that mold.
Nick Snider from Draftsite.com also has the Brewers taking an outfielder, but his choice is Tristan Pompey from the University of Kentucky. Pompey is the younger brother of former Blue Jays prospect Dalton Pompey. While Tristan throws right-handed, he is a switch hitter. In 2017, Pompey was First Team All-SEC and third team All-American.
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Unlike the NFL or NBA drafts where the player pool to predict from is much smaller, the pool of MLB prospects is huge and difficult to predict. As you can see there isn’t a lot of consensus on who the Milwaukee Brewers will take. Regardless, it looks like the possible choices will put the Brewers in position to further strengthen their strong farm system.