The MLB Draft is coming up quickly and that means it’s time to check up on the mock drafts from around the internet to look at who could possibly get selected by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Everyone loves a good mock draft. Everyone also hates a bad mock draft. While it’s not up to me to judge which mock draft is a good one or not, all of them should provide some possible options for the Milwaukee Brewers with their first round selection this year.
With the Brewers first selection coming at No. 28 overall, there is unsurprisingly a wide variety of names being taken by the Brewers in these mock drafts. Let’s get to it.
Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane
In Bleacher Report’s draft, they have Hoese as the best college bat left on the board. He’s hit over .400 this year with 23 home runs and has as much right handed power as anybody in this draft class.
Hoese also has a strong arm at third base and projects to be a plus defender.
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J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch (Tex.) HS
If the Milwaukee Brewers go with Goss, or any other pitcher, with their first round selection, it will mark the first time the Brewers have selected a non-position player with their first pick since 2014 (Kodi Medeiros).
Goss has a big arm and a big frame to match, standing at 6’3″. He’s only 185 pounds right now, but as he fills out that frame, he’ll throw harder and be able to stick in the starting rotation in the future.
High school right handers are the most volatile group of players you can draft, but there’s a lot of upside here.
Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell
Johnson would also represent the first pitcher the Milwaukee Brewers have selected in the first round in five years if he’s the selection.
There’s a lot of upside and projection with Johnson, who actually just converted to a full-time pitcher this year. While he may need some more polish than most college pitchers, Johnson has easy gas, topping out at 98 MPH effortlessly.
If the Brewers make Johnson their selection, they’re dreaming on the upside and more consistent off-speed command.
Maurice Hampton, CF, Memphis University (TN) HS
The Brewers love up-the-middle athletes as we’ve seen over the past several years. The last four first round selections for the Brewers have all been up the middle hitters. Fangraphs has Hampton making it five in a row.
Hampton is committed to LSU not only to play baseball, but also football as he’s a four-star CB commit to the Tigers. If a team can sign Hampton away from that commitment, they’ll get a raw athlete with plenty of upside to dream on.
Hampton is fast and a strong defender, but it’ll take a lot of work to refine his hit and power tools. He reminds me a little of Monte Harrison, a two sport star out of high school the Brewers selected early in 2014. Harrison has strikeout problems for sure, but big power. Hampton could be similar.
Because his hit tool isn’t refined, the Brewers could go with some other top outfielders at 28 overall.
Tyler Callihan, 3B, Providence Christian (FL) HS
Callihan has a stocky build at 5’11” and 211 pounds, but that hasn’t stopped him from raking. With an above-average hit tool, Callihan definitely sounds like a guy the Milwaukee Brewers would be interested in, based on their history.
The question about Callihan is where he’ll play defensively in the long run. He’s at third base right now but doesn’t have much range, so perhaps a move to first base could be in his future.
The MLB Draft is less than two weeks away now, and we’ll get a much clearer picture of at least the top of the Draft by that first night. Although the Brewers pick will depend on how that board falls.