24. OF Micah Bello
The Brewers selected outfielder Micah Bello out of high school in Competitive Balance Round B during the 2018 MLB Draft. That draft class was led by fellow high schoolers Brice Turang and Joe Gray. Bello outperformed Gray with the Rocky Mountain Vibes last year, hitting to the tune of a .232/.308/.418 slash line with six home runs and 20 RBIs.
Bello can use the whole field with his approach and should be at least an average big league hitter at maturity. Standing at 5’11” and just 165 pounds, Bello has room to add muscle to his frame which could help improve his power potential moving forward.
He projects as a center fielder, which is where most of his value is. A strong-armed defender, Bello has the speed and glove to be an above-average center fielder one day.
It wouldn’t make much sense for Bello to convert to a corner outfielder considering he lacks game power and the corner positions are generally hitters who have a lot of power. Just take a look at the Brewers current corner outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun, two of the game’s better power hitters.
Bello is still a long ways away from the big leagues and could see some time in Low-A Wisconsin in 2020, even though his overall numbers in rookie ball were slightly underwhelming, posting a .690 OPS to this point in his minor league career.
For right now, he lands at No. 24 on our preseason list.