With the 151st pick in the MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers select Christian Chamberlain, LHP, Oregon State
With their final selection in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Brewers go with another college pitcher, this time a left-hander in Christian Chamberlain from Oregon State.
After spending his first two seasons mostly as a reliever for the Beavers and putting up solid numbers, Chamberlain successfully transitioned to the starting rotation in 2020, posting a 0.82 ERA in his four starts with 34 strikeouts in 22 IP.
In 2018, as a key member of the College World Series championship winning team, Chamberlain struck out 11 hitters in one relief appearance.
A 12-6 curveball is Chamberlain’s best pitch, which he pairs with a low-90s fastball that can occasionally reach the mid-90s. His changeup is average, but the development of that pitch will be key in determining Chamberlain’s long-term future. If he can refine that pitch further, that gives him a solid three pitch mix and a potential future in the rotation. If not, he profiles more as a reliever.
Chamberlain stands at 5’10”, which is shorter than what teams would like their starting pitchers to be, but it’s not impossible to make it at that height. Marcus Stroman is only 5’8″ but he’s been a very successful starter. However, Stroman is more the exception than the rule.
The command could use some more improvement as well, as he walked 11 batters in just 22 IP this spring.
If the Brewers select Chamberlain, it would behoove them to send him out as a starter and determine from there whether he belongs in the rotation or not. With such a successful four game stint in the rotation for Oregon State, there’s reason enough to explore further his viability as a starter.
Even if he can’t stick in the rotation, Chamberlain’s left-handedness provides a big boost to his future potential and gives him better chances of pushing his way to the big league roster. As long as that command can improve, he’s got a future in this league.
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