The Milwaukee Brewers added a ton of talent on the first two days of the 2023 MLB Draft. Now they round out their Draft class with 10 selections on Day 3. We'll have instant takeaways and analysis on each of these selections here. Updates will continue as the picks roll in.
Brewers 11th round pick - Bishop Letson, RHP, Floyd Central (IN) HS
- The Brewers go with another high school pick here on Day 3. There's no penalty if they can't sign him. Taking him in the 11th round, the Brewers might believe they can get him but aren't fully sure. He'll likely cost more than the $150k maximum allotted for Day 3 picks. If the Brewers have enough left over after signing Eric Bitonti and Cooper Pratt from Day 2, this could be a nice pickup.
- Joe Doyle of Future Stars Series had this to say about his 251st ranked prospect: "He's a long, projectable righty with a loose arm and a good fastball, up to 93. He's strike-thrower who projects to start moving forward. Letson flashes an average slider in the low-80s, though it often shows some hump and will need to tighten up. He's also got a much fringier changeup in the same velocity bucket. The story here is the long body and projection and ease of operation."
- The Brewers like what they see with the ingredients here and will be looking for the pitching lab to refine his skills and think he fits what they do well in development. He has high spin rates, a trait Milwaukee targets often.
- Letson is 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds, giving him a lot of projection ahead and more muscle that he can add on as he matures. He's committed to Purdue.
Brewers 12th round pick - Bjorn Johnson, LHP, Lincoln (WA) HS
- The Brewers double up on high school arms to begin Day 3. They saved a lot of money with their pitcher selections on Day 2, but I don't know if they saved enough to ink both of these prep arms as well.
- Johnson's best pitch is a changeup that gets plenty of movement. He throws in the low 90s and has a total of four pitches, but it's the fastball-changeup combo that plays really well right now. He's a pitchability lefty type with a sidearm throwing motion.
- Johnson pitched well at the Area Code Games last year and while he wasn't on the Brewers team, he clearly impressed the Crew's scouts.
- Johnson is committed to Auburn and he may end up at school
Brewers 13th round pick - Brett Wichrowski, RHP, Bryant University
- The Brewers have selected seven consecutive pitchers now, dating back to Day 2. 10 pitchers in the class now and jsut four hitters.
- Wichrowski filled a variety of roles for Bryant, but is ultimately a reliever. Has a solid two pitch mix with a mid-90s fastball and a mid-80s slider. He has some projection left and is deceptive on the mound.
- This year for Bryant, Wichrowski had a 4.50 ERA in 50 IP, striking out 64 and walking 25.
Brewers 14th round pick - Hayden Robinson, RHP, Berwick (LA) HS
- Robinson makes it eight consecutive pitchers for the Brewers. He's the third high school arm taken on Day 3 here and signing Robinson will be tough.
- He's listed as 6'0" and 180 pounds. He's committed to Nicholls State.
- With the bevy of high school arms, the Brewers are likely throwing darts, hoping to negotiate and potentially sign one of them with some left over bonus pool money they might have. They won't be able to bring all of them into the fold.
Brewers 15th round pick - Josh Adamczewski, SS, Lake Central (IN) HS
- The Brewers finally go back to the position player demographic, selecting high school shortstop Josh Adamczewski out of Indiana. He's the third player from the state of Indiana the Brewers have taken in this draft, joining 8th rounder Craig Yoho and 11th rounder Bishop Letson.
- Adamczewski slugged three grand slams in four games this year for Lake Central. Perfect Game ranked him the 7th best shortstop in the state of Indiana this year.
- He's committed to Ball State and signing him away from that commitment in the 15th round may be difficult.
Brewers 16th round pick - Josh Timmerman, RHP, Ohio State
- A junior at Ohio State, Josh Timmerman is a 6-foot-4 righty who transferred in from Wabash Valley CC. He didn't have a great year, appearing in 13 games and starting six of them. He posted a 8.37 ERA in 23.2 IP with 20 walks allowed, but 36 strikeouts as well.
- Despite the poor results, Timmerman has excellent stuff. Low-mid 90s fastball with run and carry. He also has a pretty good sweeper along with a cutter and changeup. Timmerman has an athletic delivery that should allow him to adjust to changes as he develops.
- The Brewers will be looking to get him in the pitching lab to refine his command and his stuff. He could potentially be a starter, but is likely a reliever long term. He can miss bats. There's some upside here to develop.
Brewers 17th round pick - Jacob Gholston, RHP, Flower Mound (TX) HS
- I would be very surprised if the Brewers sign Gholston. He was ranked 181st on MLB Pipeline's big board and has a strong commitment to Oklahoma.
- Gholston's athletic and projectable at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds. He has room to add more velocity, currently sitting upper 80s-low 90s with the fastball.
- He was a late bloomer in scouting and recruiting circles. He has three good pitches that could make for a big league starter, but he's still very raw. The Brewers like the traits, but it's unlikely they'll have enough money left to throw at him to prevent him from going to college.
Brewers 18th round pick - Dylan Watts, RHP, Tacoma CC
- The Brewers continue their trend of stocking up on pitching selections, this time grabbing from the JuCo ranks with Dylan Watts.
- In 14 appearances this year, covering 38.1 IP, Watts had a 0.23 ERA. He allowed one earned run all year. Watts struck out 42 and walked only seven. That's quite good.
- Watts is committed to Auburn. The Brewers could look to sign him away, but in the 18th round, it might be difficult. The Brewers are taking as many young arms as they can, hoping they'll be able to sign a couple.
Brewers 19th round pick - Isaac Morton, RHP, Spring Lake Park (MN) HS
- Add to the list of high school pitchers the Brewers selected on Day 3. Morton is one the Brewers are extremely unlikely to sign given how late he was selected.
- Morton is a 6-foot-3 right-hander that is the 3rd best overall player in the state of Minnesota according to Perfect Game. He's committed to Texas A&M.
- His fastball velocity sits in the low 90s, tops out at 94. Has a good curveball and solid spin rates.
Brewers 20th round pick - Justin Chambers, LHP, Basha (AZ) HS
- The Brewers finish out their Day 3 picks with yet another high school pitcher that they are unlikely to sign.
- Chambers is the top rated LHP prospect in the state of Arizona, per Perfect Game. He's committed to Arizona State. He's recovering from Tommy John surgery a few months ago.
- The Brewers seem disinterested in stocking up on players they can sign here on Day 3. With the bevy of high school arms, they cannot afford to sign all of them, maybe only one, at most two of them.