To help prepare Brewers fans for the 2021 MLB Draft, here at Reviewing the Brew we’re profiling several top Draft prospects that could be selected in the first round by the Brewers.
Our previous Draft prospect profiles have focused on college players, but today we’ll take a look at one of the few high school players that have been earning strong consideration for the Brewers to take 15th overall.
Harry Ford is the top high school catcher in the country and could join the Brewers pipeline of catching prospects.
Harry Ford, C, North Cobb (GA) HS
In our latest Mock Draft Roundup, Harry Ford was a pretty popular name to be selected by the Brewers. Reports have them scouting him hard, and the Brewers have shown in recent years that catcher is a priority position.
So let’s take a look at him. Ford is MLB Pipeline’s 13th ranked Draft prospect and the highest ranked high school hitter that doesn’t play shortstop.
The Georgia Tech commit is a rare catcher who’s best tool is his speed. He has plus speed and uses it to be quick and agile behind the plate, but he also will have some positional versatility and could play in the infield or outfield as well. The Brewers do love players with positional versatility, and guys who can catch, so his traits certainly would endear him to the Crew’s scouting department.
Offensively, Ford is known for his elite bat speed, which should help him become a solid hitter at the big league level. There should be some power in his profile with his swing and as he adds muscle to fill out his frame. Neither is really a carrying tool for Ford but he’d be more of a power-over-hit type of batter.
Defensively, Ford is pretty advanced for a high school catcher. His strong defensive skillset should make him a backup catcher at the big league level at the absolute worst. If his bat develops, then he can be a starter.
With a bevy of other catching prospects in the system, there’s a strong chance that Ford would eventually move to a different position if the Brewers select him.
While Ford checks a lot of the boxes that the Brewers like, selecting a high school catcher at a position that’s already deep in the farm system doesn’t seem like the best use of the 15th overall pick this year.
It’ll depend on who is there on the board at 15, so perhaps Ford might end up making the most sense, but if any of the second tier of college talent is available, that should be the route they take.