As the 2022 MLB Draft approaches, we at Reviewing the Brew will take a look at potential Brewers draft prospects. Today, let’s look at an outfielder from the University of Florida in Sterlin Thompson.
Thompson initially was eligible for the MLB draft out of high school, but was not selected during the shortened five round draft in 2020. As a result the Florida native went on to play college ball and has inserted himself into first round pick conversations.
According to MLB Pipeline, Thompson is currently the 29th ranked prospect. The Brewers hold the 27th overall pick this year. Given this, there is a good chance that he might be available for the Brewers to select if they want.
How did Sterlin Thompson perform at the University of Florida?
As a freshman, Thompson started 51 out of 55 possible games for the Gators. He essentially hit his way into the lineup and collected 55 hits in 183 at bats. His .301 batting average was quite impressive for his first year, but he didn’t hit for much power as he had five home runs and ten doubles.
In his sophomore season, his ability to slug the ball improved while maintaining a good approach at the plate. Over 254 at bats Thompson finished 2022 with a .354 batting average and .563 slugging percentage. His home run total increased to 11 and doubles to 16. He also drew 37 free passes.
Should the Milwaukee Brewers select Sterlin Thompson if he’s on the board at 27 overall in the 2022 MLB Draft?
At 21 years old, 200 lbs, and 6’4″ tall scouts believe that the left-handed swinging Thompson has the potential to hit for even more power as he continues to get stronger. At the plate he has a base hit over slug mentality and utilizes all aspects of the field well, so hitting for additional power would be a great bonus for a player who is viewed as a bat first outfielder.
The Brewers have had a few minor league prospects who quickly improved in the power category. Joey Wiemer is the obvious player that comes to mind. Wiemer made a mechanical tweak in his swing to unlock his power. Jackson Chourio is another player who at 18 years old is showing more power than expected.
If the Brewers do elect to draft Thompson, he would become the third consecutive college outfielder drafted in the first round by the Crew, and all three would be “hit over power” outfielders at the plate. Sal Frelick and Garrett Mitchell were drafted in the years previous.
Could the Brewers do elect to draft another college outfielder if Thompson is on the board at #27? We’ll find out on July 17th.