First Round, Pick #5: OF Corey Ray (Louisville)
-5’11” 185 lbs. Age 21 (9/22/94)
As many analysts would have it, the Brewers selected Corey Ray with the Number 5 pick. Although falling just short of 6’0″, Ray features immense all-around talent both in terms of his athleticism and play. The left-handed hitter has a quick swing that produced solid contact on nearly every occasion this season, and even provides some power – as he hit 15 home runs in regular season play. Pair that with his plus speed – as seen in his 39 stolen bases – and he is a great two-way player on offense. Ray can project to play in any outfield position, but the Brewers have said that he’ll stick to center field for the time being.
Second Round, Pick #46: 3B Lucas Erceg (Menlo College in Atherton, CA)
-6’3″ 200 lbs. Age 21 (5/1/95)
Known as being a power-hitting corner infielder, Erceg was drafted in he second round despite a grey shroud of uncertainty surrounding his numbers. As a sophomore last year, scouts were impressed with his strength at the plate and believed he could pan out as a middle-of-the-order bat. However, he ended up transferring from D-1 Cal to Menlo College in the NAIA this offseason – potentially due to the chances of academic ineligibility. At the lower level, he continued to flash his impressive power in spurts rather than with seasonal consistency. All in all, scouts and teams weren’t sure what to make of him after he jumped to a much lower level of competition. Nonetheless, scouts still believe his bat to be roughly the same, and think he’ll stay over at the hot corner in large part due to his arm, which reached 92-94 on the mound for Menlo this season.
Comp Round B, Pick #75: C Mario Feliciano (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico)
-6’1″ 200 lbs. Age 17 (11/20/98)
The first prep player selected in the draft class, Feliciano was also the first raw and ‘toolsy’ project selected by the team. At only age 17, he’s shown some interesting flashes in his game worth mentioning. He has an athletic build and has pretty good speed compared to other draft prospect catchers. Feliciano also has some strong offensive potential, as he has home run power with a swing that isn’t always all-or-nothing. He can get the barrel on the ball in most cases, but at such a young age, he’s still a work in progress. Some believe it’s unclear whether or not he will stay at catcher despite his athleticism and solid arm due to his overall weakness in other defensive facets. If he doesn’t pan out as a catcher, many believe he may have a shot in left field. Either way, us fans won’t see him for some time due to his youth and raw abilities.
Third Round, Pick #82: RHP Braden Webb (South Carolina)
-6’3″ 200 lbs. Age 21 (4/25/95)
Quite possibly a high-risk high-reward choice, the Brewers nabbed right-handed starter Braden Webb in the third round. A Tommy John survivor, Webb attended South Carolina this season after rehabbing his elbow as in 2015. This season, he displayed a strong two-pitch combination that provided him with 117 strikeouts in 90.2 innings pitched. To start, he’s got a low-90’s fastball (reaching 96 mph) with life up in the zone and a great overhand curveball – his best pitch. He also features an average sinking change up. As nice as he sounds, Webb doesn’t come without some questions. His main concern is his inconsistencies throwing strikes – or in other words, he can have control issues. Because of this and his other potential weaknesses (mechanics, TJ worries, etc.), many scouts nab him as a high-leverage reliever for the future; it is still unknown what exactly the Brewers will plan to do.
Fourth Round, Pick #111: RHP Corbin Burnes (St. Mary’s in Moraga, CA)
-6’3″ 205 lbs. Age 21 (10/22/94)
For their fourth pick, the Crew picked up a very athletic right-handed arm in Corbin Burnes. In a different mold, Burnes may project more as a starter than Webb. With solid performances this season, Burnes displayed a strong 92-95 mph fastball that maintained velocity deep into starts and had fairly solid command. His biggest downfalls come in his delivery, as he is inconsistent in his motion and puts effort into his arm’s delivery. He features three lesser pitches (curveball, changeup, slider) but uses his hard slider as an out-pitch more often. If Burnes makes it to the majors, it seems like it will be more about sanding off his rough edges and polishing his stuff rather than teaching him entirely new concepts or methods.
Fifth Round, Pick # 141: RHP Zack Brown (Kentucky)
-6’1″ 180 lbs. Age 21 (12/15/94)
In a surprising turn, the Brewers selected Brown just over 140 picks through the draft. Many scouts believed he still had solid enough abilities to get drafted in the second or third rounds despite a statistically-poor season (2-11, 6.08 ERA, 62 K’s in 84.1 IP). Brown’s fastball velocity has slowly risen in the last four years, and now sits at 93-94 consistently. He also has two other offerings; an inconsistent but plus-curveball and a decent changeup with some drop. Like Burnes, he has effort in his delivery – bringing many to question whether or not he can gain control in his mechanics and withstand the rigors of starting in the major leagues.
Sixth Round, Pick #171: C Payton Henry (Pleasant Grove HS in Pleasant Grove, UT)
-6’2″ 215 lbs. Age 18 (6/24/97)
The 2016 Mr. Baseball winner for the state of Utah heard his name called out at number 171 to the Brewers. Just the second prep player to be selected by the Crew, he hit to the tune of a career .479 average and a .606 on-base percentage through 83 games. He’s flashed some serious power as well, hitting 21 home runs in his high school career. He isn’t quick by any means, but he features a pretty good throwing arm, reaching as high as 92 mpg on the radar. Since he’s committed to BYU, it’s unclear as to whether or not he’ll stick around and sign with the Crew. If he does, he would definitely fit as an interesting power player to watch behind the plate.
Seventh Sound, Pick #201: LHP Daniel Brown (Mississippi State in Starkeville, MS)
-5’9″ 183 lbs. Age 21 (3/22/95)
After a string of either right-handed pitchers or catchers being selected, the scouting department settled on southpaw Daniel Brown out of Mississippi State. Despite his size, he can chuck a fastball in the 90-94 mph range with great effectiveness when he locates it down in the zone. He also features a decent, albeit inconsistent slider that can give right handed hitters fits. However, he ended up falling from grace at the starting role this year, but found a good rhythm in the bullpen – the reason why many scouts believe he is strictly a reliever. Brown also has some effort in his three-quarters delivery, hindering his command at times.
Eighth Round, Pick #231: SS Fransisco Thomas (Osceola Senior HS in Kissimmee, FL)
-6’1″ 180 lbs. Age 17 (8/27/98)
Selected in the eighth round this season, the 17 year-old was the first middle infielder taken by the Crew. Although selected at number 231, Baseball America had him listed at #160 in their rankings. A Puerto Rican native, Thomas already holds potential through his athletic build. Some scouts believe he may grow more into a third base role, as he may continue to outgrow the middle infield. On the offensive side, he’s still a little raw but has power capabilities. On top of being drafted, he is also committed to San Diego State at this point in time.
Ninth Round, Pick # 261: 2B Trey York (East Tennessee State in Johnson City, TN)
-6’2″ 190 lbs. Age 22 (4/4/94)
With the second pick in a row, the Brewers selected a middle infielder. This time, it was second baseman Trey York, a senior with a strong polish at the plate. Across 267 at-bats this season, he managed to only strikeout 35 times while walking 30 times. He also showed a nice barrage of home runs and steals – slugging 15 home runs and swiping 17 bases. He has a pretty wide stance at the plate, but keeps the bat level throughout the zone to make solid contact to most parts of the field.
Tenth Round, Pick #291: LHP Blake Fox (Rice in Houston, TX)
-6’4″ 225 lbs. Age 23 (5/17/93)
With their final pick in Day 2, the Crew selected Senior southpaw Blake Fox. With height and size on his side, Fox finished his college career on a high note with his command – finishing with career bests in innings pitched (109.1), strikeouts (95), K/9 (7.82), K/BB (3.17), and tying his career best in hits/9 (7.57). While he’s already 23, Fox has plenty of arm buildup to start games despite only hitting upper-80s to low-90s on the radar gun. It makes it incredibly difficult to really gauge the potential Fox has when he starts playing games. Chances are, if he ends up in a Rookie League to start he’ll already be years older than his competition. However, if he can manage to maintain command, he could move quickly to the upper minors.