Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis (TX) HS
If the Milwaukee Brewers are to select Baty, he’s going to need to take a fall down the board. MLB Pipeline ranks him as their 17th best draft prospect, and with the Crew selecting at 28, he will need a decent sized fall.
Last year, the Brewers never would have thought Brice Turang would’ve fallen to them at 21, with most thinking he was a Top 5 or at least Top 10 selection heading into the Draft. Sure enough, he fell to them. Anything can happen on draft night.
Baty is committed to the University of Texas and has some of the best raw power in this year’s class. As a lefty in Milwaukee, that’s an exciting note for the Brewers scouting department. He also brings an intelligent and advanced approach at the plate, not going all out for power and showing the ability to recognize and avoid breaking pitches.
Like most other third base prospects, he has below-average speed, but he’s a better athlete than you might think for someone his size.
Baty has the arm strength to stick at third base and should provide plenty of power from that position for years to come.
If Baty falls down the board to the 28th overall pick, Milwaukee will probably be running up to the podium to select him, depending on if there’s anyone else that’s also taking a long fall down the board. But with his hit tool, his raw power from the left side, and his defensive ability, Baty would make for an excellent first round selection.
The Milwaukee Brewers first round pick is going to be very dependent on how the board falls. There’s a wide variety of directions they could go, unlike when they choose in the Top 10.