Why didn't the Milwaukee Brewers have a first round pick a decade ago?

Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers
Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers / Jamie Sabau/GettyImages

10 year anniversaries are always a great time to look back upon certain events in life. The same goes with sports, as it's always fun to reminisce about what things happened with your favorite team back in the day.

On Tuesday, Jim Callis of MLB.com put out an article that looked back on the 2013 MLB draft, one in which a bunch of the sport's current stars were drafted. In doing so, he predicted how a redraft of that year might have gone for MLB teams.

Fun scenarios came from the exercise, such as Aaron Judge joining the Astros with the first overall pick, current Yankees starter Nestor Cortes ending up across town with the Mets at No. 11, and current Brewers closer and eventual 2020 Rookie of the Year Devin Williams being taken 15th overall by the Diamondbacks (more on him later).

Unfortunately for Brewers fans, they don't get to join in on the fun on seeing what star of today their favorite team might've picked in a 2013 redraft. That's because the Crew didn't actually get to make a first round selection that year.

Why did the Brewers have no first round pick in the 2013 MLB draft?

Brewers fans may remember that earlier in the year, the Brewers jumped into the free agent waters and came out with starting pitcher Kyle Lohse. The 34-year-old was coming off maybe the best season in his career where he went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and finished 7th in NL Cy Young voting as a member of the Cardinals. But as a result of the signing, Milwaukee lost their first round pick that year.

Lohse would be an important part of the Crew's rotation over the next couple seasons. In his first season, he would start 32 games, going 11-10 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.168 WHIP. He would post similar numbers in the team's ill-fated 2014 season, starting 31 games and going 13-9 with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.150 WHIP.

Lohse's final season as a Brewer wouldn't go nearly as well as the first two. 2015 saw him go 5-13 with a 5.85 ERA and a 1.464 WHIP. He would start just 22 games before eventually being moved to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.


Of course the 2013 draft wasn't all bad for the Brewers. Their first pick that year ended up being the aforementioned Williams, who they took in the second round at No. 54 overall. Clearly that pick worked out well for Milwaukee.

But imagine if they had a first round pick. They would've been picking right after the Phillies at 17th overall, which is where the White Sox ended up taking current starting shortstop Tim Anderson. In his redraft, Callis had them taking starter Sean Manaea. Either one would be fun to picture in a Brewers uniform.

But in the end, Lohse performed well in two of three seasons as a Brewer and having Williams as your first pick of the draft is a fantastic consolation prize to not having a first rounder. Still, it's fun to think about what could've been.

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