The 2023 MLB Draft is rapidly approaching. The first few rounds get underway on July 9th to kick off All Star week and the Draft will run through July 11th. The Milwaukee Brewers hold three of the first 54 selections in this year's Draft.
One of the unique quirks about the MLB Draft compared to other professional sports drafts is that players can be drafted multiple times. Sometimes players in high school or junior college choose not to sign and go on to a four year university and get drafted again either a year later or multiple years later.
Last year, the Brewers drafted Aidan Maldonado in the 14th round out of Minnesota after selecting him out of high school in 2018. In 2021 they selected Wes Clarke in the 10th round after taking him in the 2018 Draft as well.
There are a couple such players the Milwaukee Brewers drafted in recent years but they decided not to sign and continue to go to school and play. Now they're eligible for the Draft again in 2023. The Brewers clearly liked these players enough to draft them once before. Could they do it again?
Here are three previous Brewers Draft picks who are eligible again to be selected in the 2023 Draft that Milwaukee could choose to select.
Re-Draft Target #1: LHP Hunter Hollan, Arkansas
The Brewers drafted Hunter Hollan in the 15th round of the 2021 Draft out of San Jacinto JC in Texas. He elected not to sign and attend the University of Arkansas and that's looking like a wise decision for the young lefty.
The 6'5" Hollan is a projected top 5 round selection this year who could go as early as the 3rd round. Hollan can run his fastball up to 97 MPH at times and has quality all around stuff. He throws a lot of strikes and fits the mold of a "pitchability lefty".
Milwaukee loves athleticism in their pitchers and Hollan has a very athletic delivery, which should help him avoid arm trouble as he develops. Hollan did undergo surgery after the college season, but it was for a lower body injury, not his arm or shoulder. MLB Pipeline has Hollan as their 100th overall Draft prospect.
The Brewers liked him two years ago and Hollan has only gotten better since. There's a good chance they could look to select him on Day 2 of the Draft this year.
Re-Draft Target #2: 2B Roc Riggio, Oklahoma State
The Brewers were swinging for upside on Day 3 of that 2021 Draft with Hollan and several high school players. The biggest upside swing though was Roc Riggio. The Brewers selected the sweet swinging infielder out of Thousand Oaks HS in California in the 11th round that year and tried to save enough pool money to sign him.
They were unable to get Riggio to put pen to paper, and he opted to go to Oklahoma State. This year Riggio hit a cool .335/.461/.679 with 18 homers and a fairly even K/BB ratio with 48 Ks and 46 BBs.
The hit tool is real with Riggio and that's something the Brewers generally target in the Draft. He also has plenty of home run and extra base pop, giving him a generally high floor. The defense isn't great at second base, but he hits well enough that you can find a spot in the lineup for him.
The Brewers really wanted Riggio in 2021 and there's nothing about his performance on the field that would lead them to change their mind. He played on their Area Code Games team, they know him well, and there could be yet another connection in the Draft between these two.
Re-Draft Target #3: RHP Noah Hall, South Carolina
The Brewers selected Noah Hall with their 20th round pick last year, their final pick in the Draft, as a junior out of South Carolina. Most college juniors take the signing bonus and go pro, because returning for your senior year gives you no leverage in signing bonus talks and you generally sign for very small amounts of money.
Instead, Hall opted to return to South Carolina for his senior year. He pitched well, posting a 3.29 ERA in seven starts with 43 Ks and just 9 walks. But he suffered a back injury and last pitched on March 31st.
Hall figures to get selected again in 2023 despite the injury and could be a late Day 2 selection as a senior sign to save money in the team's bonus pool to either sign earlier picks or sign potential Day 3 picks to convince them to forgo college.
Hall has a double-plus changeup with insane spin rates and nasty movement. The description of it is eerily similar to Devin Williams' changeup. He could move through the minors quickly as a reliever once he's healthy. Baseball America has Hall ranked as the 200th overall prospect in this Draft.
The Brewers have a history of drafting players out of college they have previously drafted and they clearly have reasons to like all three of these prospects. Once the Draft rolls around, we could see any of these three prospects end up joining the Brewers organization.