With the 151st pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers select Matt Mikulski, LHP, Fordham
Mock 2.0 Pick: Tim Tawa, SS
Mock 1.0 Pick: Christian Chamberlain, LHP
If you like interesting pitching deliveries, you will like Matt Mikulski. There is a lot of effort in his delivery, but it also provides a lot of deception to opposing hitters.
Mikulski is MLB Pipeline’s 199th ranked draft prospect. Because of the effort in his delivery, scouts don’t think Mikulski will be able to stay in the rotation long-term, but he should have high upside as a lefty reliever.
While pitching in the rotation for Fordham this year, Mikulski made four starts covering 21 innings with a stellar 1.29 ERA. In his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Mikulski had higher ERA numbers and a lot of walks. He’s given up over four walks per nine innings for Fordham.
Last summer in the Cape Cod league, Mikulski made five appearances and four starts, covering 19.1 IP with a 1.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts for the Brewster Whitecaps.
Mikulski can mix three pitches, with a low-90s fastball and a wipeout slider. His fastball can reach the mid 90s in shorter stints, however. He also has a changeup that’s below average but still effective. If he moves to the bullpen long term, he’d likely drop the changeup from his arsenal.
If he’s going to stick in the rotation moving forward, Mikulski will have to fix his control problem and develop that changeup a little more. It’s likely that the Brewers would at least send Mikulski out as a starter and give him a chance to remain a starter. If they see that he won’t be able to stick, he could move to the bullpen and be fast-tracked to the big leagues.
The Brewers stocked up on lefty pitching last year and could look to add another southpaw to their system this year. College lefties are always in demand and getting a guy like Mikulski here in the fifth would be a solid end to the shortened draft this year.
Over the past few years, the Brewers have shown to favor crafty, lefty pitchers with deceptive deliveries. Brent Suter, Josh Hader, Aaron Ashby, and Ethan Small are all lefties that have a deceptive delivery as a main key to their success. Mikulski could be the latest in that line.
We’re just a few days away from the 2020 MLB Draft. It’s going to be very interesting to watch it go down and see how the Milwaukee Brewers strategize their selections.