Milwaukee Brewers: Which left-handers could they target on day two?
The Milwaukee Brewers have a strong farm system that has helped turn around their rebuild quickly. However, they really lack solid left-handed pitchers throughout their organization. Are there any names to know for day two of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft?
Forget about the Milwaukee Brewers scoring Kumar Rocker or Cole Wilcox on day two of the draft. Unless they want to pay wildly over slot, they’re not getting either of the top prep players left on the board. There are several college left-handers still available for the Brewers to consider.
Hogan Harris, ULA-Lafeyette
If the Milwaukee Brewers snag Hogan Harris on day two, can we make his nickname “Hollywood”? How about “Hulk”? Too soon? Now listen up here, Jack, Hogan is a hefty lefty who stands 6 ft., 4 in. and has a listed weight of 230 lbs. Look here, brother, he also sits in the 92-94 MPH range, but has been clocked at 98 MPH as recently as March. He also offers an interesting mix of breaking stuff, so whatcha’ gonna do?
The concern here is durability, and consistency. Hogan has been hit with nagging injuries and command problems throughout his amateur career. A proper training regiment and coaching from a Major League staff could go a long way towards fixing both issues.
Adam Wolf, Louisville
Let’s see here…stands 6 ft., 6 in. That’s good. Throws a cut-fastball that grades out above average? Also good. Three quarters arm slot. Okay. Tops out around 93 MPH. That’s a concern. Capable of throwing to both righties and lefties. Really good.
Adam Wolf is another college arm that could be on the board when the Milwaukee Brewers make their first selection on day two. He spent the first two years of his career as a reliever, but transitioned into a starting role this past season. What he lacks in pure gas, he makes up for in movement. Wolf has a chance to stick as a starter, but would make an excellent reliever if he had to move back.
Austin Cox, Mercer
There was one left-hander with a better whiff-rate in college baseball in 2018 than Cox. That was South Florida’s Shane McClanahan, and he went at the end of round one. Mercer’s Austin Cox has two plus pitches, a 92-95 MPH fastball and a curveball, that generate whiffs. He also has a slider and a change up that will need development. Cox also has a solid, 6 ft., 4 in. frame, and above average athleticism. He has developed a reputation as a ‘nibbler’, and needs to go after hitters. A few seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff should get him to be a little more aggressive.
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The Milwaukee Brewers added a trio of exciting high school position players in Brice Turang, Joe Gray, Jr., and Micah Bello on day one. Now it’s time to add a few college lefties to further build their Minor League system.