Brewers Draft: Five 2024 MLB Draft prospects that fit the Brewers mold perfectly

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4. William Schmidt, RHP, Catholic (LA) HS

Another data darling on the mound, William Schmidt exhibits all the traits the Brewers love in a pitcher. The only question is if he'll make it to them. He's trending in the direction where he may not even be on the board at 17 overall, let alone 34 overall.

Schmidt, like Doughty, has an elite high spin breaking ball that's north of 3,000 RPMs. But his fastball has a couple of ticks more on it than Doughty, reaching 99 MPH at peak. He has a prototypical size for a starter at 6'4" and has room to grow into it. That kind of projection lends itself well to the Brewers analytical model for pitchers.

Signing the Baton Rouge local away from his LSU commitment may be tough, but it's likely someone is going to be able to do it and the Brewers have a sizable bonus pool.

Schmidt has possibly the best curveball in this Draft class and if his changeup can be brought along, and the Brewers pitching lab likely can do that, then he has a nasty three pitch mix. He hasn't used the changeup much, but he hasn't really had to as he's dominated his prep competition with just the two pitches.

It would be surprising to see the Brewers take Schmidt with the 17th pick, just based on their track record of high floor players in the first round, typically shooting for upside with their later picks. If they can somehow float Schmidt down to 34 and take him there, likely over slot, it would be a dream situation for the scouting department.