Milwaukee Brewers: 3 Shortstop Prospects To Know For 2019 MLB Draft
By David Gasper
The MLB Draft is just two short weeks away. The Milwaukee Brewers front office is gearing up for the Draft and going through a lot of prep work and preparing their big board at this very moment.
With the bog board being developed, we’ll take a look at some key prospects that could be available and interesting to the Milwaukee Brewers with their first round selection, at No. 28 overall.
We’ve previously looked at outfield prospects that could hear their names called by the Brewers on June 3rd. Now we’ll take a look at some shortstop prospects.
Shortstops are among the most versatile prospects you can find in the draft. From shortstop, a player can be moved almost anywhere. Hernan Perez came up as a shortstop by trade, and he’s played very little of it over the years, but his versatility has been key and his ability to play shortstop in a pinch is invaluable.
A shortstop with a strong arm can move to third base. A shortstop with a weak arm could move to second base. Not many can stick at shortstop in the big leagues, but they can move other places.
Last year, the Milwaukee Brewers selected a shortstop with their first round pick, Brice Turang. Could they double-dip at the position? Here are a few possibilities.
Braden Shewmake, SS, Texas A&M
Shewmake has some exciting potential as a prospect. The 6’4″, 190 pound junior is a left-handed hitter that still has projection in his frame to add muscle, and in turn, add power. And when a big left handed hitter can add power and play in Miller Park, that’s a good recipe for the player and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Here’s something that caught my eye about what MLB Pipeline had to say about their 25th ranked prospect:
"Of the half-dozen college players at [shortstop] who have legitimate first-round aspirations in 2019, he might be the best pure hitter."
David Stearns’ ears perked up just reading that. The best pure hitter at the shortstop position is likely Braden Shewmake. That right there is immediately going to put him on the shortlist of possible draft candidates.
Plus, according to reports Shewmake has very good baseball instincts and a knack for stealing bases. His character makeup is also a positive as he’s a selfless player, willing to play anywhere to help the team.
As the 25th ranked prospect, there’s a good likelihood he’ll be there at No. 28 overall for the Milwaukee Brewers selection.