Brewers: Complete grades of their 2021 MLB Draft Class

Louisville's Alex Binelas runs to first after a base hit during a team scrimmage on Friday, February 5, 2021.Alexbinelas07
Louisville's Alex Binelas runs to first after a base hit during a team scrimmage on Friday, February 5, 2021.Alexbinelas07 /
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Vanderbilt shortstop Ethan Paul (10) steals second base past Duke shortstop Ethan Murray (1) in the first inning during the NCAA Division I Baseball Super Regionals at Hawkins Field Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.Gw50498 /

Round 5 (147): Ethan Murray, SS, Duke

Round 6 (177): Carlos Rodriguez, RHP, Florida Southwestern State

Round 7 (207): Tristan Peters, OF, Southern Illinois – Carbondale

Round 8 (237): Zack Raabe, 2B, Minnesota

Round 9 (267): Brannon Jordan, RHP, South Carolina

Round 10 (297): Wes Clarke, C, South Carolina

The rest of Day 2 was filled with some more college talent that don’t particularly have the highest ceilings. Ethan Murray was a shortstop at Duke but likely can’t stick there long term at the big league level, and his hit tool isn’t very polished either. Murray projects as more of a utility guy with some pop.

Carlos Rodriguez has a mid-90s fastball that can get up to 97 MPH. He also has a good slider and a decent curveball and changeup. He’s also a little undersized to be a starting pitcher going forward, even though he has the pitch mix to be able, he just has to learn how to use it and refine his stuff. If the rotation doesn’t work out, Rodriguez could be a solid bullpen arm.

Rodriguez is another addition with traits the Brewers love and some projectability and untapped potential Milwaukee believes they can tap into.

In the 7th round, the Brewers grabbed another outfielder with a strong hit tool in Tristan Peters. He’s also a small school guy, but he walks more than he strikes out and finds the barrel more often than not. Peters has some home run pop, but it’s more doubles and gap power for him.

Peters will have some competition to stand out among the Brewers crop of outfield prospects littered throughout the system.

Zack Raabe can hit. He was hitting over .400 for a while this year on a not-so-great Minnesota team and carried the team, both emotionally and in the stat sheet. He’s shown some good power and has a very advanced approach at the plate. Raabe’s a bat-first second baseman with just average defensive skills.

Brannon Jordan is likely a reliever going forward and didn’t have the greatest year for South Carolina in 2021. His command took a step back this year and he gave up a lot of walks, but he also struck out more than 12 batters per nine innings. There’s some things to work with, but he could be useful if they help him find that command again.

Wes Clarke led all of NCAA Division 1 in home runs this year with 23 long balls. He hits baseballs a long distance quite often. His defensive skills are limited. He was a catcher previously and the Brewers will send him out as one, but he’s not a great defender there. Clarke is more likely a first baseman or DH at the next level. If he can hit enough bombs and make enough contact, he can move his way up.

Grade(s): B