The Milwaukee Brewers are working to sign all of their draft picks to contracts, and only the top pick, Garrett Mitchell, remains.
The 2020 MLB Draft ended earlier this month with more than 1,000 selections shaved off the event. The Brewers were 35 picks short of what a normal draft would bring them. With only five selections, it made things a little easier to track all the incoming players and keep the focus on the top picks.
In the first round, the Brewers took athletic UCLA outfielder Garrett Mitchell, who slid down the board in the first round due to Type-1 Diabetes concerns and a lack of in-game power in college. The Brewers felt comfortable with Mitchell’s health and his ability to manage it as well as their ability to unlock his power moving forward. It was a perfect match.
Yet Mitchell still hasn’t signed his contract with the Brewers and he seems to be the lone remaining member of the draft class to sign.
2020 Brewers Draft Pick Signings
The first Brewers draft pick to sign was third rounder Zavier Warren, who inked a deal with a bonus of just under $600k, per The Detroit News’ Tony Paul. That provides a little bit of savings for the Brewers since Warren’s draft position carried a slot value of $637.6k.
Following Warren was fourth round pick Joey Wiemer. Wiemer is an outfielder from the University of Cincinnati and he signed for a $150k bonus, per MLB’s Jim Callis. The slot value for Wiemer was at $473.7k, which represents a huge savings for the Brewers.
Then second round pick Freddy Zamora, the shortstop from the University of Miami, signed his deal. Zamora’s draft position carried a $1.37MM slot value, and he signed for $1.15MM, which gives the Brewers another $220k in bonus pool savings.
Signing Garrett Mitchell
That means there’s one final remaining draft pick to sign, first round pick Garrett Mitchell. With all the money the Brewers have saved signing their four other picks to below-slot deals, Mitchell can be the only recipient of those savings. So how much is available for him?
At least $3.812 million; probably more because I’ve heard Cantrelle is below slot and the report was that Warren was also below slot. (Slot for Mitchell at No. 20 overall was $3,242,900.) https://t.co/GNHngUFhYk
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) June 26, 2020
Per Adam McCalvy, the Brewers have at least $3.8MM in bonus room to sign Mitchell and have saved around $600k in their bonus pool.
It’s not necessarily a cause for concern that Mitchell hasn’t signed yet. The deadline for draft picks to sign isn’t until August 1st.
Brewers fans should fully expect Mitchell to sign at some point. There’s a chance Mitchell could be an option for the Crew’s taxi squad this year as they look to get him some instruction as soon as possible and get a head start on his development through the system.
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Four of the Crew’s draft picks have signed and are ready to go. All that’s left is the head of the draft class in Mitchell and he shouldn’t be too far behind.