The 2019 MLB Draft is coming upon us quickly. With the Milwaukee Brewers holding the 28th overall selection, there’s a wide variety of players they could pick.
Third base has been a tough position for the Brewers to develop over the past several years, having to go to free agent and trade fill-ins to get some production. Now with Travis Shaw/Mike Moustakas over at third, top third base prospect Lucas Erceg is close to knocking on the door of the big leagues, playing in Triple-A San Antonio this season.
Although Erceg’s prospect star power has lost some of its luster, he’s a great defensive player with above-average power. However, after Erceg, the farm system is a little thin on third base prospects, with Erceg being the only one in the MLB Pipeline Top 30.
Should the Brewers want to add to that depth with a player that has a higher hit tool than Erceg (45), they could look to one of these three players with their first round selection.
Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane
Hoese is MLB Pipeline’s 27th ranked prospect, putting him right in range to be the Milwaukee Brewers first selection. The 6’4″, 200 pound third baseman also was among the many names listed in our first MLB Mock Draft Roundup.
The Tulane product seems like your prototypical third baseman: Tall, strong, big power from the right side, great throwing arm, below average speed, and a decent ability to hit for average. There’s nothing wrong with that profile, and it’s one you see littered across the big leagues at that position. Aside from being right handed, it sounds a lot like Travis Shaw.
Hoese had 23 homers in the regular season this spring for Tulane and that’s good for fourth-best in the NCAA. The power is definitely there for Hoese, and his disciplined plate approach and gap-to-gap ability has teams thinking about him as better than just a three true outcome player.