Round 2, Pick 54 - Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood HS, Missouri
The Brewers did not have a 1st Round pick in this draft because of the free agent signing of Kyle Lohse. However, that didn't stop the Brewers from drafting a 1st Round talent. Williams was ranked #20 on Keith Law's big board and #44 by Baseball America.
Williams has a projectable body, which means he has space to grow physically. Right now he sits at 6-3, 175 pounds. His fastball hits 90-93 on the radar and it has room to grow. His change up sits at 82 and curve ball sits at around 77-78.
According to Ben Frederickson, $1.017MM is recommended signing bonus for where the Brewers selected Devin Williams. However, the Brewers expect to offer him more.
I really like this pick. The Brewers shied away from taking a college arm this year and went to the high school arm. Hopefully they can hit big on an arm once in my lifetime. I have a good feeling about Williams.
I mentioned above that Keith Law had Williams ranked as his #20 player on his big board. Law is known for being quite critical of farm systems. Especially the Brewers over the years. He had this to say.
Outstanding pick RT @mmcmanus13: Looks like #Brewers had a 1st rd pick after all - Devin Williams 20th on @keithlaw top draft prospect list.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 7, 2013
Round 2, Pick 72, Competitive Balance Pick - Tucker Neuhaus, SS/3B, Wharton HS, Florida
This is exactly what the Brewers needed. In the preview blog I did a few days ago, I mentioned that the Brewers needed to focus on building the depth of our infield back up. I especially stressed the need of second base and third base. Although he is listed at short stop, I see Tucker turning into a third baseman. And quite frankly, I don't think we need to worry about a short stop for a while.
Tucker has a big power bat, which is another reason you'd think third base would be ideal for him. However, Bruce Seid has indicated that Tucker will in fact start in the Brewers system as a short stop. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are going to be a fun team to watch next year, that's for sure.
Tucker is a good story. He's been through a lot in his life. He tragically lost his brother in a car accident this past year. He's battled through a few injures. Adversity is no stranger to the 17 year old.
Round 3, Pick 90 - Barrett Astin, RHP, University of Arkansas
Barrett Astin was ranked #125 in the draft by Baseball America. This is a good pick, only because it's likely to help pay for Devin Williams.
Round 4, Pick 122 - Taylor Williams, RHP, Kent State
Baseball America listed Taylor Williams at #144. Fastball hits 95 mph. The Brewers have taken two college pitchers in a row. I like this pick more than our third round selection, for what it's worth.
Round 5, Pick 152 - Joshua Uhen, RHP, University Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Hey! Congrats to the local kid, who was the #1 prospect in Wisconsin. A little bit of a red flag pitcher, but the Brewers have a well recognized pitching coaching staff that knows how to take care of arms. Joshua can hit 98 mph with his fastball.
Round 6, Pick 182 - Garrett Cooper, 1B, Auburn University
Cooper is a great pick here. Cooper isn't the first first baseman the Brewers have selected from Auburn. You may have heard of Hunter Morris. Cooper is 6-5, 230 pounds. Little known fact...Cooper was born on Christmas in 1990. Hopefully he can be a gift for Milwaukee.
Round 7, Pick 212 - Omar Garcia, CF, Miami Dade Community College South
Omar Garcia batted .447 with 19 RBI, 39 R, 32 SB at Dade CC South this year. Not sure if he'll stay in center field, or if they try him at middle infield. Outfield seems to be him comfort zone. Not a lot out there on him. He's very small at 5-9, 160 pounds, though.
Round 8, Pick 242 - Brandon Diaz, CF, American Heritage HS, Florida
Brandon Diaz is another speedster. Scouting reports give him a grade 70 for speed, which is pretty good. Our Florida scouts have been busy this year it seems. He's 5-11, 175 pounds.
Round 9, Pick 272 - Tyler Linehan, LHP, Fresno State
Tyler will be a bullpen guy. He struggled this past year. He still has decent stuff. He's got a good cut-fastball that sits in the low 90s. He compliments it with a good breaking curve ball. Jonathan Mayo says if he can add a third pitch and become more consistent, he will be a solid bullpen guy.
Round 10, Pick 302 - Michael Ratterree, RF, Rice
A former second baseman turned outfielder. Don't have much on him. He's 6-1, 210 pounds.
Round 11, Pick 332 - Andy Hillis, RHP, Lee University
Andy is 6-8, 240 pounds. Hillis hits a constant 94-96 mph with his fast ball and can hit 99 mph. He was ranked #179 by Baseball America
Round 12, Pick 362 - Trevor Seidenberger, LHP, TCU
Fastball is high 80's and will develop.
Round 13, Pick 392 - Tanner Norton, C, Bishop Brossart
Tanner might be a tough sign: http://bit.ly/13hEbhg
Round 14, Pick 422 - Hobbs Johnson, LHP, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Fastball sits at around 88 but will develop. Also throws a change up and curveball.
Round 15, Pick 452 - David Denson, 1B, South Hills HS, California
He did this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8bNe8Aoa8o
Round 16, Pick 482 - Corey Miller, RHP, Pepperdine University
Went 10 scoreless innings (3 hits, 10 strikeouts) in April vs. Washington Huskies
Round 17, Pick 512 - Brandon Moore, RHP, Arkansas University
He's part of an Arkansas pitching staff that has an NCAA best 1.87 team ERA, which is an NCAA season record that hasn't been broken since 1976.
Round 18, Pick 542 - Clint Terry, LHP, Lee University
He has an excellent change-up and good competitiveness on the mound. Great left-handed option.
Round 19, Pick 572 - Josh Matheson, RHP, Minnesota State - Mankato
Relief pitcher. Started one game for Minnesota State. He went 6 innings and only allowed one hit.
Round 20, Pick 602 - Ryan Yarbrough, LHP, Old Dominion
Not finding much on him. Struck out 60 over 82 2/3 innings for Old Dominion in 2013.
Round 21, Pick 632 - Tristan Archer, RHP, Tennessee Tech
As I'm getting to these later picks, it's really hard to find anything on them. So if I don't, I'm going to just write an interesting fact about the player. I'll start here with Tristan...he's majoring in Turf Grass Management.
Round 22, Pick 662 - Johnathan Davis, LF, West Los Angeles College
Found absolutely nothing on him. He's Ryan Braun's replacement, though. (kidding)
Round 23, Pick 692 - Eric Williams, CF, Sachse HS, Texas
This time last year, Eric Williams made Jason A. Churchill's Class of 2013 outfielders. Read here: http://espn.go.com/blog/high-school/baseball/tag/_/name/eric-williams
Round 24, Pick 722 - Chris Razo, RHP, Illinois State University
Chris Razo was selected by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as a Louisville Slugger Third Team All American.
Round 25, Pick 752 - Drew Ghelfi, RHP, Minnesota University
Drew calls LaCrosse, Wisconsin home. He'll be a relief pitcher.
Round 26, Pick 782 - Kyren Gilmore Parrott, CF, Herndon HS, Virginia
Found nothing on him, but Kyren Gilmore Parrott has my vote for best baseball name drafted by the Brewers this year.
Round 27, Pick 812 - Tyler Alexander, LHP, Florida International
Tyler tossed a complete game shutout vs. Arkansas State on March 29th. He allowed 4 hits and struck out 10 batters. At that point of the season he had struck out 45 batters over 44 1/3 innings.
Round 28, Pick 842 - Alex Moore, RHP, Lee University
According to Moore's coach, he turned things around big time in 2013 after a bad 2012. Most improved player on the team, in fact.
Round 29, Pick 872 - Nick Eicholtz, RHP, Cambridge Christian HS, Florida
He's already said he'll be playing for the University of Alabama. Won't be signing with the Brewers, unfortunately.
Round 30, Pick 902 - Luis Aviles, SS, Southwest Miami HS, Flordia
Put up a .297 batting average for Southwest Miami High. Not a power bat at all. Speed. Speed. Speed.
Round 31, Pick 932 - Tanner Poppe, RHP, Kansas University
The second Tanner picked, this time a pitcher. He's a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team (2011, 2012) and KU's Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Round 32, Pick 962 - Ryan Deeter, RHP, UCLA
He's a relief pitcher. 0.89 ERA over 30 1/3 innings in 2012 as a set up man.
Round 33, Pick 992 - Charles Leblanc, SS, Georges Vanier SS, CANADA~!
OH CANADA! It took until the 33rd round to draft someone from the great north. That has to be a Brewers record, considering their motto is Speed. Power. Canada. Here's a showcase video of him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eu_gKZ2jzU
Round 34, Pick 1,022 - Dylan Brock, RHP, Glendale Community College
Brock is a pitcher, but has a nice bat as well. Batted .318, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 26 R for Glendale CC.
Round 35, Pick 1,052 - William Travis, RHP, Southwest Mississippi Junior College
Not to be confused with the 19th-century American lawyer and soldier, but I couldn't find anything on him.
Round 36, Pick 1,082 - Jesse Weiss, 1B, Kenyon College
Here's Jesse doing a hitting session for Baseball Central: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7bKHrlCovk
Round 37, Pick 1,112 - JaVon Shelby, SS, Tates Creek Senior HS, Kentucky
Son of Brewers outfield coach John Shelby.
Round 38, Pick 1,142 - Charlie Markson, CF, Notre Dame
Another hometown kid. He's from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Round 39, Pick 1,172 - John Cleary, C, University of Maryland College Park
Couldn't find anything on him.
Round 40, Pick 1,202 - Kenneth Meimerstorf, RF, Bishop Gorman HS, Nevada
Here's Kenny hitting at Team Vegas Scout Team's HQ. He was Nevada's #2 prospect in 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oY02QLENrs
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