With the 2020 regular season in the books, we know where the Brewers will be selecting in the 2021 MLB Draft.
There’s both good and bad news to a mediocre season at the big league level. The bad news is a team that was expected to be competitive in 2020 struggled and the team will have a lot of work to do to improve for next season. The good news is, the Brewers will get earlier draft picks next year, which should increase their chances of landing an impact player.
It’s not a guarantee, since the MLB Draft is a crapshoot, but the chances are much higher.
Where Are The Brewers In The 2021 MLB Draft Order?
Jeff Passan of ESPN was the first to report on what the draft order would be.
It’s important to note that as of this article’s publication, MLB still hasn’t officially decided exactly how the draft order would be determined. In a shortened season, they may opt to use a mix of 2019’s results as well to determine the order, but recent reports have indicated it will be strictly on 2020’s standings, though that isn’t official yet.
If that indeed is the case, the Milwaukee Brewers will hold the 15th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
The Brewers will pick right in the middle of the first round, selecting 15th out of 29 selections (Astros 1st round pick forfeited due to cheating scandal). They will be the first of the playoff teams from this year to make a selection.
The 15th overall pick will be the highest the Brewers have been in the first round since 2017 when they held the 9th spot and took Keston Hiura. The last time the Brewers picked at 15 was in 2015 when they selected Trent Grisham, formerly known as Trent Clark.
In 2018, the Brewers selected 21st overall, then had the 28th overall pick in 2019, before coming back down to the 20th overall pick in the 2020 Draft.
Possible Brewers Picks At No. 15 Overall In 2021 MLB Draft
One name sticks out as a possible target for the Milwaukee Brewers: Alex Binelas, third baseman from the University of Louisville. Prospects Live currently ranks Binelas as the No. 11 prospect in next year’s draft class.
Prospects Live said this about Binelas:
"Missed the start of the shortened season after undergoing Hamate surgery after posting a monsterous freshman campaign. Big power with the ability to drive the ball to any part of the park. Power has continued to grow every season since his high school. Binelas is a high OBP hitter walking at an 11.4 percent career clip. Good, not great defender at third base. Posted a 6.50 60-time this past year and could be a plus runner depending on how the body progresses in pro ball. Very good chance the profile continues to rise in 2021."
Although Binelas is not an “up-the-middle” position player like the Brewers target, he gets on base at a high clip, he’s a left-hander that has big power, and can hit to all parts of the field.
Another important thing to note, is that his hometown is Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He’s from right in the Milwaukee area. The Brewers missed out on drafting Jarred Kelenic and Gavin Lux, two other Wisconsin talents, in the past few years, but there’s a chance Binelas might be available for the Brewers at No. 15 overall and it would make sense.
It’s still far too early for mock drafts and a lot can happen between now and next July in terms of draft boards. Binelas could move further up, he could move further down.
With the 15th pick, the Brewers should have plenty of good options available, and if you’re interested in taking a closer look at some of those options, I would encourage you to check out Prospects Live’s Top 200 rankings.
Next year, the MLB Draft will be at least 20 rounds, which is a great improvement over the five round draft from this year, but still short of the 40 rounds held previously.