Milwaukee Brewers: What’s the 2006 draft class up to?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Sunlight creeps along the first base line during the home opener between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on April 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Braves defeated the Brewers 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 04: Sunlight creeps along the first base line during the home opener between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on April 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Braves defeated the Brewers 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The 2006 Milwaukee Brewers draft class has not achieved what scouts thought they would. Only three players made it to the Major Leagues, and only one is still playing. However, the impact of the 2006 draft is still felt in Milwaukee.

Sanduan Dubose. Mehdi Djebbar. Oliver Revilo. Andy Bouchie. Zach Clem. Only one of those names were borrowed from Brian Grubb of Uproxx.

By all accounts, the 2006 Milwaukee Brewers draft was rough. Most players never saw a top 30 list, and only one has enjoyed a lengthy Major League career. Let’s remember some draft picks that didn’t pan out!

Who made it to the Majors?

Milwaukee Brewers third round pick Cole Gillespie and 10th rounder Mike McClendon both had a few cups of coffee at the Major League level.

McClendon made 35 appearances for the Brewers from 2010-2012. He managed a 3.83 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 15 walks in 48 2/3 innings of work.

Gillespie appeared in 221 Major League games from 2010 to 2016. He owns a .672 OPS in 482 plate appearances.

Weren’t there three players who made it to the Majors?

Yes. The Milwaukee Brewers managed to hit on their first round draft pick, Jeremy Jeffress.

Jeffress started his Major League career in 2010 with the Brewers, and was dealt to the Kansas City Royals in the trade for Zack Greinke.

He bounced from the Royals to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, and then signed as a free agent with the Brewers in 2014. The Brewers traded Jeffress again in 2016. This time it was in the deal that sent catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the Texas Rangers for a bunch of a trio of prospects. The Rangers traded Jeffress back to Milwaukee in 2017.

Whew. The Brewers drafted Jeffress, traded him twice, and signed him to a one-year deal with a pair of club options.

How is Jeffress doing with the Brewers?

In 2018? Awesome! In 25 appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018, Jeffress has a 0.35 ERA. He’s racked up 24 strikeouts with only eight walks. Jeffress has picked up three saves in Corey Knebel‘s absence.

Has anyone else from the 2006 draft class accomplished anything?

On the baseball field? Not really. Away from the field, absolutely.

Fifth rounder Chris Errecart works in real estate and has a fantastically cute story about his marriage to a childhood friend.

17th rounder Aaron Tullo is currently a professional artist.

39th rounder Chuckie Caufield is a coach with the Milwaukee Brewers Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers.

Next: What's up with the 2013 draft class?

The Milwaukee Brewers 2006 draft class won’t show up on any ‘greatest’ lists, but the impact is still felt. A few guys made it to the Major League level, but most guys just tried for a few years, and then moved on to regular jobs.

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