With the MLB Draft upcoming and still no Milwaukee Brewers baseball, we continue to focus on the upcoming MLB Draft with RtB’s first ever MLB Mock Draft.
Instead of a full 40 round draft this year, MLB is going forward with a five round draft, cutting the number of drafted players by more than 87%. It’s terrible for both amateur players and player development pipelines, but it’s the situation we have.
With just five rounds this year, we’re going to take a crack at projecting each Milwaukee Brewers draft pick.
The Brewers have selections at 20, 53, 92, 121, and 151 overall. Originally, the Brewers also held the 64th overall pick, which was in Competitive Balance Round B, but traded that pick to the Mariners in the Omar Narvaez trade.
Keep in mind, the MLB Draft is not a need-based draft. For example, the Brewers need a full-time third baseman now, but that doesn’t mean they should simply draft the best available third baseman. The draft is strictly a “best player available” approach for all organizations. That makes it a little less predictable than the NFL draft simply because each team is going to come to different valuations on players.
Also, the MLB Draft is a crapshoot, and there’s no guarantee that a first round pick is going to be a successful big leaguer. Brewers fans have been all too familiar with that over the last decade or so.
This isn’t a great year to be short on draft picks. The Milwaukee Brewers have the worst rated farm system in baseball and desperately need to stock up on as much talent as possible. Going from 40 rounds to five is not going to help them. Trading away that Competitive Balance pick also won’t do them any favors.
The shortened draft makes it all the more crucial that scouting director Tod Johnson hits on all his picks and gets some quality prospects.
With that, let’s get started on Reviewing the Brew’s Mock Draft 1.0!