As we finish up our 2020 MLB Draft preparations, we’re looking at a few more possibilities in the first round for the Milwaukee Brewers.
There’s a lot of different possible paths for the Milwaukee Brewers to take in the first round of the Draft this year. One of the more likely paths has them selecting a college pitcher.
Clayton Beeter, RHP, Texas Tech
Even though MLB Pipeline has ranked Beeter as the 51st overall prospect, he’s been getting a lot of recent buzz as a first round pick. A while ago, we had him as a second round pick in our Mock Draft 2.0.
The 6’2″, 220 pound righty had a very strong spring campaign before the college season was cut short. In his four starts for the Red Raiders, Beeter threw 21 IP, allowing just 13 hits and four walks while striking out 33 and posting a 2.14 ERA. His best start was in his final game, when he went six shutout innings with no walks and 12 strikeouts against Rice University.
In 2019, Beeter pitched out of the bullpen and had a 3.48 ERA in 21 appearances. He missed his entire freshman year due to Tommy John surgery.
Beeter only has 41.2 IP under his belt as a collegiate pitcher and his track record is extremely short, but he has shown some great stuff and extremely high upside.
In that limited number of starts, Beeter showcased increased velocity, sitting in the mid-90s and hitting 98 MPH at times with his fastball. He also has two plus breaking balls in a 60-grade curveball that has a 12-6 break and a 60-grade slider. Beeter also has a fourth pitch, a changeup, that is solid, but hasn’t been used that often, most likely because he hasn’t needed it.
Beeter has a very deceptive delivery which helps his pitches play up even more. With the stuff he has and his mechanics, he seems like the kind of guy the Brewers would target. He has very strong analytical traits and putting him with the Brewers pitcher development program feels like it would be a very good fit for him.
The stuff is there, but it would’ve been nice to see how it would’ve played out over a whole season. If the Brewers believe that he can keep it up and it wasn’t just overperformance in a small period of time, they could take a strong look at Beeter with their first round pick. If his performance was legit, Beeter has the pitch mix and the size to be a big time starter one day.
Should the Brewers decide to pick Beeter, they will be dreaming on the upside. There is an incredible amount of potential with him.
The Draft is almost here. Soon, we won’t be talking about potential picks, but rather actual selections the Brewers made.