To help prepare you for the 2022 MLB Draft, here at Reviewing the Brew we are profiling draft prospects that could be fits for the Milwaukee Brewers. Today, we are going to look at a shortstop from the University of Oklahama in Peyton Graham.
Last year, the Brewers drafted 2B Tyler Black with the 33rd pick in the draft courtesy of a competitive balance pick. The last infielder the Brewers drafted in the first round prior to him was Brice Turang in 2018.
Aside from Black and Turang, the Brewers have just two more infield prospects in their top 15. Those prospects are Freddy Zamora and Eduardo Garcia. Could Peyton Graham become the newest infield addition to the organization?
How did Peyton Graham perform during his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma?
As a native of Waxahachie, Texas, Peyton Graham announced himself with authority during his freshman season at Oklahoma. He collected 24 hits in 18 games played including three home runs and eight doubles.
During 2021, he played third base for the Sooners and second base during the summer Cap Cod League. His stats that year did not jump off the table, but something clearly clicked for him a year later as he put together a monster junior season as the Sooners shortstop. The Sooners also finished second in the College World Series.
Stats wise, Graham put together a 20 HR/30 SB season in 2022. Along with the power and speed, his slash line was impressive as well. On the year it was .335/.414/.658/1.072. He collected 16 doubles, four triples, and drove in 70 RBIs.
What are scouts saying about Peyton Graham? Is he a fit for the Brewers?
Scouts have given him a 60 grade speed and arm, 55 power, and 50 hit grade. Most believe that he will continue to hit for power as a professional baseball player while remaining dangerous on the basepaths as well.
Defensively, Graham is versatile. He is an average defender as a shortstop, has experience at second base, but may project best as a third baseman. He should easily fit the stereotypical power profile for that position that most teams like. The added ability to play multiple defensive positions is also something the Brewers tend to value.
Graham is certainly an intriguing player to consider. MLB currently has him ranked 28th and the Brewers have the 27th selection. Milwaukee does need more prospects with above average power to add thump into their lineups, and Graham fits that mold.
There’s a good chance Graham ends up going in the first round and the Brewers just might be the team to grab him. Graham could be the first ever Sooners infielder drafted in the first round.