With the 20th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers select Carmen Mlodzinski, RHP, South Carolina
If you’ve been keeping an eye on our draft prospect profiles, Carmen Mlodzinski‘s name probably rings a bell. A right-handed pitcher out of South Carolina, Mlodzinski is the kind of polished college arm that can really improve a farm system.
Mlodzinski has three plus-pitches – fastball, slider, and changeup – and good control of those pitches as well. He has the prototypical build for a potential frontline starter at 6’2″ and 232 pounds, and is a power pitcher that sits in the mid-90s and can reach back and hit 99 MPH as well.
The Brewers have been short on power pitchers in recent years, instead picking up a lot of soft tossers with deceptive deliveries and creative methods to success. Last year’s first round pick, Ethan Small, was one of these pitchers that filled that mold.
With a strong performance in the Cape Cod League last summer, Mlodzinski vaulted himself into first round consideration. If the 2020 spring season had continued, he could’ve been able to push himself further up draft boards, possibly into the Top 10.
The tools are there for Mlodzinski and there’s a lot to be excited about if you’re the Milwaukee Brewers.
With the way the board is looking this year, right around the No. 19-21 mark it’s expected that a run on college right-handers will begin. The Brewers hold the 20th selection and are in a good spot to get their pick of the litter in this second tier of college pitchers.
As we said in the previous slide, the shortened draft makes it all the more crucial that the Brewers make smart selections. That makes risky selections like high school players a tougher play. Perhaps if a high school player that was projected as a Top 10 guy fell down the board to them, it could be a good value pick, but it’s tough to predict just how much prep players will be devalued in this draft.
If a high school player like Robert Hassell falls down to the Brewers, he could also make sense as a selection, but a polished college arm is a safer pick and that’s the route I have the Brewers going right now.