With July 11th quickly approaching, the coverage of the MLB Draft is ramping up. MLB.com put out a mock draft yesterday and they say the Brewers go back to the outfield for its first selection in the draft at #15.
Colton Cowser out of Sam Houston State is the projected first round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2021 MLB Draft, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis’ latest mock.
If the Crew could scoop up Cowser at #15 that would be a huge acquisition as he’s currently ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the 2021 class. On the 20-80 scouting scale, with 50 being average, Cowser grades as a 55 overall with his hitting and running tools given a 60, his fielding a 55 and his power and arm a 50.
Colton Cowser profiles similarly to 2020 1st-Round pick Garrett Mitchell, with both being left-handed hitters that throw with their right and patrol center field. At the plate both are above average hitters that run very well with power starting to develop.
A preseason All-America first team selection by Baseball America, Cowser has had no trouble generating buzz despite attending a school in the Southland Conference. The Cypress, Texas native was the Southland Conference hitter of the Year as a freshman and earned a spot on the Team USA Collegiate National Team becoming the first Bearkat in school history to do so.
Last year he was on the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the best amateur baseball player in the United States.
This year, Cowser is slashing .357/.472/.632 in 185 at-bats at Sam Houston with 14 home runs and 46 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases. Defensively, he’s sporting a .971 fielding percentage with seven outfield assists. Currently, he’s on a 13-game hitting streak .
He went undrafted out of high school and his only scholarship offer was from Sam Houston. He was a fairly unpolished player coming out of Cypress Ranch High School but has put in tons of work to get where he is today.
The Bearkats hitting coach had this to say about Cowser, “He has always had power potential, but this is happening sooner than most of us thought. I thought this might happen later in his 20s, when he physically matured in pro ball. But he’s worked really hard in the weight room. He’s selective at the plate but aggressive when he needs to be.”
A theme that coaches and scouts alike see with him is his ability to get the barrel on the bat with such frequency. And he’s got plenty of ability to become a solid five-tool player with good speed on the basepaths and a knack for knowing how the ball will come off the bat when manning center field.
If the Brewers can somehow land Colton Cowser and add to the plethora of developmental talent at the outfield position in the minor leagues, it will be a considerable boost for a club whose farm system is on the rise.