Milwaukee Brewers: 3 Outfield Prospects To Know For MLB Draft
The MLB Draft is just a few short weeks away. Here at Reviewing the Brew, we’ll be looking at several potential Milwaukee Brewers draft picks in the lead up to the 2019 Draft.
It’s no secret by this point that David Stearns and the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers front office love to stockpile outfielders.
In 2015 and 2016, the Brewers spent their first round picks on outfielders, with the former being Trent Grisham and the latter being Corey Ray. In 2017, they spent their Comp A round pick on an outfielder, Tristen Lutz. In 2018, the Brewers took outfielders Joe Gray and Micah Bello with their second round and Comp B round selections.
With the 2019 Draft upcoming, do the Brewers go to that position on Day 1 once again? I wouldn’t bet against it. Here are three outfielders who could hear their name called by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 3rd.
Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside (Wash.) HS
Carroll is one of the top high school bats in this year’s draft class. At 5’11”, 161 lbs, Carroll is slightly undersized, and that could knock him down the board a little bit. But Carroll has two really big tools that will definitely entice the Brewers scouting department.
According to MLB Pipeline, the left-handed hitting Carroll has a 60-grade hit tool on the 20-80 scouting scale, which rates as well above-average. In the past few years, the Brewers draft strategy seems to have been to take the best pure hitter on the board, and Carroll will likely fit that description.
His other big tool is his 70-grade speed. With top level speed, Carroll has the ability to stick in centerfield and steal a ton of bases.
Pipeline’s scouting report says Carroll he “can drive the ball with line-drive loft and surprising pop”. That sounds like someone who could see his power play up in a stadium like Miller Park, despite his current 40-grade power tool, which is below average.
The main issue with Carroll is that he’s Pipeline’s 14th ranked prospect, and the Brewers don’t select until #28 overall, meaning Carroll will have to slide.
However, if you remember last year’s draft, Brice Turang was expected to be a Top 5 pick going through most of the draft process, but then he slid down boards late and landed in the Brewers lap at #21 overall. A similar thing could happen with Carroll, although that’s difficult to predict.
Carroll has a college commitment to UCLA that he will need to be signed away from, and with a diminished bonus pool this year, that could be difficult.