Through the first five rounds, the Milwaukee Brewers draft was going well. Brice Turang seems like a potential steal at 21st overall, among some other solid picks.
At the end of day two, there are ten rounds in the books, and the Milwaukee Brewers had a pick in all but round three. The picks from round four and round five can were profiled in the respective links. Each of first five were ranked in MLB Pipelines top 200, however, after that only one player player was.
There is still plenty of talent to be found in these rounds, and the Brewers might have found a couple of gems. The question is, will they all sign?
Round 6: RHP Drew Rasmussen, Oregon State
Drew Rasmussen is the only player among these five picks to be in the top 200, and he is ranked 200th. He is 6’2″ with a fastball in the mid 90’s and a decent slider. Scouts like his three pitch mix, and his smooth delivery. While he shined in a starter role at Oregon State, his two Tommy John surgeries put his rotation future in question. Though he should find success in a bullpen role.
Round 7: C David Fry, Northwestern State Univeristy
While David Fry was not a top ranked player, he still has plenty of upside. He was recently named the SLC Player of the Year. As far as his contributions in college, his career numbers are some of the best his school has ever seen. He is listed as a catcher, he played first and other infield positions quite a bit too, making him project as a bat-first backstop. His background suggests he may not stay a catcher, though.
Round 8: RHP Luis Gonzalez, PJ Education School
There is quite a bit to like with Luis Gonzalez. The biggest tool he has at his disposal is an above average cutter. Throwing from a 6’3″ frame leaves a lot of room for growth. High schoolers can be tricky to sign sometimes, but if the Milwaukee Brewers convince him, Gonzalez seems like a great eighth round pick.
Round 9: OF Arbert Cipion, Passaic County Technical Institute
Though Arbert Cipion is young, he possesses a lot of desirable tools. In fact, he is considered a sleeper in some circles. Speed is his calling card right now, but he can also throw the ball well from the outfield position. As he grows and fills out his 6’2″ frame more, his batting ability will become more clear. He could have a pretty high ceiling.
Round 10: RHP J.T. Hintzen, Florida Southern College
A division two arm that has a knack for strikeouts, J.T. Hintzen looks like a solid bullpen option down the road. In college, he was mostly a reliever. He averaged over 10 K/9, and had a sub-two ERA. He very well might get the opportunity to start games, but he will project better in a bullpen role. This seems like a very solid pick.
Another good day for the Milwaukee Brewers. There is a lot of potential in some of these guys. Notable picks are Cipion and Gonzalez. Both of them are high schoolers with a ton of upside. With the development system that the organization has, that should be no issue.
Day three is tomorrow, and that will take us up to round 40. There will be a lot of names coming out, so be sure to check out Reviewing the Brew to see which ones are worth remembering for the future!