With the 21st overall pick in the 2018 draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected infielder Brice Turang.
It is likely that Brice Turang will be foregoing a commitment to Louisiana State in order to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers. The 18 year old is listed as a shortstop, and is a recent graduate of Santiago High School in California.
Turang hits from the left side, and is a very balanced player. At the tail end of the 2017 draft, he was widely regarded as the top talent of the class. However, prospect fatigue and poor showings in showcases caused him to slide down. By the start of the 2018 draft, he was ranked 25th in the class by MLB Pipeline. That could mean huge upside for the Crew.
As of now, Turang’s best tool is his 60 grade run. Though that is followed closely by a 55 grade in hitting, arm strength, and fielding. The big tool that is trailing is his power at 40, which should increase slightly as he fills out his 6’1″ 165 pound frame.
The Future For Turang
By drafting Keston Hiura last season, followed by Brice Turang this season, the Milwaukee Brewers might have set up their infield for years to come. Most believe that Turang will be a shortstop his whole career. But as always there are doubts. With his skill set, he should have no problem adjusting to being a full time professional shortstop.
The fact that he is so well rounded is both good and bad. Scouts are hoping that one tool will take over. He is a naturally smart baseball player, so his approach at the plate leads some to believe he will excel at hitting. Adding muscle will only help that theory develop. As of now, he is a pretty strong fielder and that might carry him at first.
There is a lot of upside to Turang. Scouts would not have thought of him in such high regard if there was no talent. What the Milwaukee Brewers need to hope for is that he can find what had him so highly touted, and grow off of that.
If nothing else, Hiura has the bat and Turang has the glove. Together they make one complete middle infielder. The thought of them together could be really good for the future of the Brewers. Especially with their ability to develop talent. Overall consensus, I think it is a good pick.