Milwaukee Brewers 5 Round MLB Mock Draft 3.0
With the 53rd pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers select Kevin Parada, C, Loyola (CA) HS
Mock 2.0 Pick: Clayton Beeter, RHP
Mock 1.0 Pick: Kevin Parada, C
I’m going back to my original pick here in the second round with Kevin Parada, the high school catcher out of California. Parada is Pipeline’s 48th ranked prospect.
There’s just so much to like about Parada, starting with his bat. He has an above-average hit tool with high bat speed and a constant ability to barrel the ball.
Parada should also end up with decent power down the road and his offense is going to be his calling card. Defensively, Parada has great arm strength throwing out runners, but his agility behind the plate is lacking and will need to improve.
Should Parada have to move off his position behind the plate, he has enough athleticism to play elsewhere, including the corner infield. The Georgia Tech commit might be tough to sign away, but his bat will play and that should be tough for the Brewers to pass up if he’s there in the second round.
High school catchers are a tricky demographic to project, and they’re almost as risky as high school right handed pitchers. The Brewers took two high school catchers early in 2016 with Mario Feliciano (CBB) and Payton Henry (6), and so far they have developed really well. Perhaps that success will give the Brewers enough confidence in taking another prepster in the second round this year.
The Brewers love guys with big hit tools and could use a few more of them in their system. There’s a good chance Parada will have the best hit tool remaining on the board when the Brewers pick in the second round. After going with a relatively safer pick in the first round with a college arm, they can afford to go with a bit of a riskier play with the high school catcher in the second.