On Tuesday night, the night before the 2020 MLB Draft, FanSided team sites got together to do a mock first round draft. Who did the Brewers select?
It was a fun and interesting time for our team sites here at FanSided. Each of us made selections for our teams in a Mock Draft held on Twitter and we made the selection for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Tigers started things off with Spencer Torkelson, unsurprisingly, and the draft worked it’s way forward from there. You can follow the whole thread here.
As we got closer and closer to the Brewers selection at No. 20 overall, some of the targets we have been looking at for the Brewers started to get picked off. Garrett Crochet and Cade Cavalli went off the board back to back at picks 14 and 15. Outfielder Austin Hendrick went to the Red Sox at 17 and then right before the Brewers got on the clock, the Mets took Dillon Dingler.
However, there were a couple of high school players that fell down the board below their projections, including Tyler Soderstrom, Jared Kelley, and Pete Crow-Armstrong.
I considered a bunch of players, including those three named above, as well as Georgia RHP Cole Wilcox, who I viewed as the best remaining college arm on the board. I eliminated Kelley as he was the riskiest among the group of four players. Soderstrom had a strong bat but the Brewers have great depth at catcher already.
So it came down to Pete Crow-Armstrong and Cole Wilcox.
OF Pete Crow-Armstrong
This was tough for me, because a college arm is something the Brewers could use and Wilcox has a great pedigree, but the upside potential of Crow-Armstrong was too much to pass up.
A hit-over-power kind of guy, Crow-Armstrong is a left handed hitter that has a great skill set, including four above-average or better tools. The power should get there eventually, and playing in Miller Park would certainly help that. Toolsy outfielders are the backbone of the Brewers under David Stearns.
Crow-Armstrong has great speed and is considered by many to be the best defensive outfielder in this draft class.
The Brewers take the opportunity to select a high level prospect that fell down the board. Getting Crow-Armstrong here could be a huge steal and his upside as a star centerfielder is too much to pass up.
This ends up somewhat similar to what happened in the 2018 Draft when the Brewers took Brice Turang with the 21st pick. Turang was seen as a top 10 talent and fell down the board due to overexposure leading up to the draft and the Brewers snatched him up.
The Brewers can be opportunistic in this draft and if a top high school talent falls down further than they expect and right into their laps, they’re in a position to pounce. Crow-Armstrong has one of the best hit tools in this draft and that’s been a priority for the Brewers in the past.
The 2020 MLB Draft is almost here. At the 20th pick, the Brewers can pivot in a number of different directions.