Draft Prospect That Fits The Brewers #2: Jack Hurley, OF, Virginia Tech
Jack Hurley could potentially be a 5 tool player at full development, and end up as the steal of the Draft. We could look back in a few years and wonder why Hurley was drafted so late.
Mock drafts and rankings project Hurley going in the CB-A round-early Round 2 range. It would likely be a bit early for the Brewers to select Hurley with the 18th overall pick, but he would make a lot of sense as the selection with the 33rd overall pick, which is in the CB-A round.
Hurley only spent this season in centerfield, playing in the corners his first few years in college because Gavin Cross, last year's 10th overall pick, was locking down center. But Hurley has the speed, glove, and athleticism to stick in centerfield going forward, which is very important to the Brewers.
Not only does Hurley have blazing speed, he's a high quality left handed hitter. The Brewers have proven to be quite partial to left handed hitting outfielders in recent years. His above-average hit tool gets him on base quite a bit, hitting a solid .320 for the Hokies this season. Some of Hurley's numbers were down from his sophomore campaign, which may explain his fall down the boards a bit, but there's still plenty to like in his bat. Even in his "down" year, he still had a 1.127 OPS
Hurley should be able to hit for both average and power, with plus speed and excellent defense in centerfield. Does that sound like a lot of recent Brewers draft picks to you? It certainly does to me.