So, today is a much needed day off for the banged up Brewers whose club house probably looks something similar to this (Click Here), it is still a very important day for the Milwaukee Brewers. The future starts today. The next stars in our generation will be drafted today (hopefully). This following Mock Draft blog is my take and who I think the Brewers will take with their picks.
Before I get into my picks, here are links to some reliable Mock Drafts done by ESPN, MLB.com and others.
1st Round 27th Overall Pick (From the Tigers): 3B/OF/RHP Joey Gallo (Las Vegas H.S.): I don’t think the Brewers can pass up on the power that Gallo brings to the table here despite the high risk that comes with. It would be very ironic that the Brewers would draft Gallo, as this pick is compensation for Prince Fielder signing with the Tigers. Gallo's power is the best available in the draft, and I think the Brewers could use the potential talent that Gallo offers. If his bat doesn’t work out, which many doubt will fail, he is a power arm on the mound, sitting in the mid to upper 90s.
|Gallo provides power the Brewers lost in Prince Fielder, who ironically would be selected with the compensation pick of Prince Fielder from the Tigers.|
1st Round 28th Overall Pick: SS/3B Addison Russell (Florida H.S.): After losing Alcides Escobar to the Royals in the Zack Greinke trade, the Brewers do not have anyone close to being ready for the majors for the shortstop position in the minor leagues. The Brewers would love to add a potential position prospect with upside and plus power and Russell is just that. A powerful shortstop with huge power potential and might be able to stay at the position but has plenty of arm if he has to move to third base where his bat will play and glove would be well above-average. Russell has a strong commitment to Auburn so he could be a tough sign to wherever he goes, but the Brewers have money to spend coming up and adding Russell to their system here makes a lot of sense.
|Addison plays a very crisp short stop and also provides power at the position.|
2nd Round 38th Overall Pick: OF/RHP Mitchell Gueller (Washington H.S.): Gueller has received a lot of late buzz and he is an interesting two way player. I think he will be drafted as a pitcher but we cannot count him out as an outfielder either. Coming into the year, I think most saw him as an outfielder but he has really come around this year as a pitcher. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and is a fantastic athlete. He has an advanced change-up that could be a plus pitcher later on. His breaking ball is a bit slurvy but looks to be a solid pitch. In the field he has had the five tool player tag put on him and that is accurate. I like the upside pick here though for the Brewers.
|If all else fails for the 6'3" pitcher, his .506 batting average (2012) can head to the outfield.|
2nd Round 92nd Overall Pick: LHP Tyler Pike (Florida H.S.): Pike is getting a lot of comparisons to the Giants' starter Barry Zito with an 88-91 mph fastball, above-average curveball and change-up. He has a good feel for pitching and can handle the bat fairly well, something of use to a National League ballclub. Tyler also can play a little bit of outfield as well. The Brewers will be downright lucky if Tyler falls this far in the draft, but it's possible. He has a Florida State commitment but the Brewers could convince him otherwise.
|Hopefully the Zito comparisons don't get to this kid's head, checkbook, or pitch location. Pike is a sleeper in this draft.|
In addition to these 4 picks, the Brewers also have 8 picks in this draft. They include the 122nd, 155th, 185th, 215th, 245th, 275th, 305th, and 335th pick. I could go into who they will pick at those spots, but in all seriousness after the top 100 picks occur, there is really no telling where anyone is really going. Unlike football and basketball, where there are limited spots to fill, baseball is quite different. A full draft recap will be up a day or so after the MLB Draft is complete. Thank you for reading.
Until next time, Beers, Brats, and Championships.
-Andrew Vrchota (@WSB_Andrew)
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