4. Brice Turang, SS
When the Milwaukee Brewers selected prep shortstop Brice Turang with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the entire Brewers draft war room erupted with cheers, ecstatic to select the talented youngster. Many felt he was a possible first overall pick, or at least a top five pick entering 2018. But his draft stock fell low enough for him to fall to 21 overall.
There’s a ton of potential with Turang, and most of it remains untapped for now. The Brewers would be crazy to trade away such promising talent before it has a chance to blossom.
In his first 42 professional games, Turang hit .283 with a .396 OBP, 18 RBIs, 31 walks, and 14 stolen bases.
Turang is also a strong defender with the ability to stick at shortstop in the long run. Although perhaps not as defensively gifted as incumbent shortstop Orlando Arcia, Turang has a great glove and throwing arm, paired with a great hit tool. Arcia did not possess a high hit tool coming through the minor leagues, and struggled at the plate in 2018.
In recent drafts, the Brewers seem to have targeted players with high hit tools in their first round selections. Turang may not be big league ready anytime soon, but he’s a very talented player that needs to be kept in the organization. The Brewers feel they got the steal of the 2018 Draft, and that’s not a guy to trade away.