With the 92nd pick in the MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers select Ian Bedell, RHP, Missouri
The Brewers go back to the college pitching well here in the third round with the selection of Ian Bedell from Missouri.
MLB Pipeline ranks Bedell as the 89th best prospect in the draft. There’s a lot to like about Bedell’s potential and there’s a chance that he goes off the board before the Brewers selection at 92 overall because high school players getting pushed down and college players moving up the board in their place.
If Bedell is still there, he would make an excellent addition to the Brewers draft class. After dominating as a reliever in the 2019 spring season to the tune of a 1.56 ERA in 18 appearances with a .193 opponent batting average, Bedell went on to the Cape Cod League for the summer.
In the Cape, Bedell transitioned to a starting pitcher and dominated the competition. In six starts, Bedell posted a 0.58 ERA with 36 strikeouts to just three walks in 30.2 IP.
For the 2020 spring season, Bedell was in the starting rotation as the Friday night starter for the Tigers and was pitching extremely well in his four starts before the season ended. Bedell struck out 35 batters with only four walks allowed in 24.1 IP and a 3.70 ERA.
Here’s more of what MLB Pipeline had to say about Bedell’s stuff.
"Bedell’s two- and four-seam fastballs sat in the low 90s when he started on the Cape, with sink or run depending on which version he used. He worked more in the upper 80s in cold weather during the truncated 2020 season, but his heater continued to play up because of his command. There’s debate as to whether his fading low-80s changeup or his slightly slower curveball is his best secondary pitch, and he also can mix in a mid-80s cutter. Bedell has a sound delivery and the athleticism to repeat it with ease. He attacks hitters with confidence because he can locate his pitches where he wants."
Bedell has a solid four pitch mix and great command. His combination of stuff and command gives him a high floor as a prospect and a likely big leaguer one day. Whether he stays in the rotation or moves to the bullpen is a question, but there’s a lot to like about him.
His fastball, curveball, and changeup all grade out as above average pitches and he should be able to work his way through a farm system rather quickly. As the old saying goes, you can never have enough pitching.