With the 92nd pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers select Bryce Elder, RHP, Texas
Previous Selection: Ian Bedell, RHP, Missouri
We have the Brewers sticking with a college right hander in the third round, but changing the pick to
out of the University of Texas.
In four starts for the Longhorns in 2020, all of them were quality starts, going at least six innings giving up three runs or less. His best start came against Boise State, where he went seven innings, with just three hits allowed, no runs, and 11 strikeouts. Elder has been the Longhorns’ Friday night starter the past two seasons.
In 2019, Elder had a 2.93 ERA over 13 starts with 86 strikeouts in 83 IP. In 2020, Elder had a 2.08 ERA in his four starts.
Elder is MLB Pipeline’s 110th rated prospect coming into the draft. Standing at 6’2″ and 220 pounds, Elder has good size but doesn’t have overpowering velocity. He sits in the low-90s with a sinking fastball and pairs that with a nasty slider.
He also has a plus-curveball and a changeup that he mixes in as well, giving him a four pitch repertoire with solid command.
Here’s some of what MLB Pipeline had to say about Elder:
"He has feel for manipulating the spin on his pitches…Elder provides strikes with all four pitches and they tunnel well together, allowing the sum of his repertoire to play better than its individual parts. He has a strong 6-foot-2 frame and repeats his delivery well, giving him the durability to remain in the rotation. Scouts love his mound presence, which adds to his chances of becoming a No. 4 or 5 starter."
Elder doesn’t have stand out for his individual pitches, but with the way he mixes those pitches, manipulates spin, and works the strike zone, it helps his stuff play up. His pitchability gives him a very high floor.
The Brewers tend to like players who are already familiar with analytics and by manipulating the spin on pitches and mixing his pitches indicates that Elder has a high baseball IQ and is very analytics-friendly.