Round 1. C Clint Coulter (Union HS, Wash.)
Coulter impressed the Brewers in a pre-draft workout at Miller Park, prompting the organization to select him with their first pick of the 2012 Draft. Baseball America calls him a beast, and few scouts question whether or not he will hit as a professional. He possesses a solid hit tool and what profiles to be plus-power, while displaying quality pitch recognition and a sound approach for a prep hitter. The question lies in the defensive position. No scouting report that I read legitimately believes Coulter is a long-term catcher. He profiles much better at first base or a corner outfield spot, with ESPN comparing him to Josh Willingham.
The Brewers selected players such as Coulter quite often in the Jack Zduriencik days. Scouts believe in the bat. They simply do not know where it plays on a big league roster. Much like they did with Braun, LaPorta, and Lawrie, the Brewers will take the bat and worry about the defensive positioning later.
Round 1. OF Victor Roache (Georgia Southern University)
The collegiate outfielder is a polarizing figure amongst talent evaluators. ESPN’s Keith Law tweeted that Milwaukee reached tremendously to draft Roache, ranking him as the 88th-best player available in the draft. Baseball America, however, ranks Roache as the 22nd-best prospect available in the draft. He profiles as a power-hitting corner outfielder, displaying in-game power at the collegiate ranks, even after the switch away from aluminum to composite bats. Prior to the injury to his wrist, Roache was a legitimate first-round talent with the biggest power bat amongst collegiate players.
The problem, however, is that Roache did severely injure his wrist and needed both a metal plate and six screws to repair the damage. He continues to rehab the wrist in hopes of returning to game action in the coming months. ESPN also states that Roache collapses his back side significantly in his swinging, limiting his power to only the pull side and putting his hit tool into question. He also struggles against offspeed pitches and has not shown much of an in-game ability to drive the baseball to the opposite field.
Round 1s. OF Mitch Haniger (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
Haniger has produced big numbers for Cal Poly — the same university that produced current Brewers’ outfield prospect Logan Schafer — but only two of his tools legitimately stand out on the field: his powerful bat and his powerful arm. Scouts noted an improved approach at the plate and better plate discipline, though ESPN notes that Haniger profiles to be more of a line-drive hitter than a home run hitter as a professional because his swing does not generate enough loft. With that said, ESPN also wrote in their scouting report that he has the potential to develop into an average regular on a big league roster, which absolutely has value in the supplemental first round.
Baseball America says Haniger refined his approach this swing, which has allowed him to better sync his swing together and better eliminate the holes in his swing. He likely moves to a corner outfield spot as he moves up the minor league ladder, though he can currently handle center field for the time being. As stated above, he possesses a cannon in the outfield, so right field should not be a problem.
Round 2. OF Tyrone Taylor (Torrance HS, CA)
A supreme athlete, Taylor is an extremely raw baseball player who has a chance to improve dramatically once he focuses solely on baseball and gives up football. He projects to be a center fielder down the road, as he possesses above-average speed and an average arm from the outfield. Unlike the Brewers’ previous selections, Taylor does not project to be a plus-power hitter. In fact, scouts question whether or not his bat can play enough at the professional level. He does have good bat speed and should hit plenty of doubles from gap-to-gap, but Baseball America expresses concern about his “unusual load,” in which he rocks onto his back leg before moving forward. They also say that he has a tendency to “push” the baseball.
Another concern regarding Taylor surrounds his shoulder, as he dealt with shoulder injuries throughout the spring. The organization must feel confident that his shoulder issues are not serious to have drafted him in the second-round. This is not the type of player for which any team would feel comfortable risking their second-round pick (and second-round money) if they weren’t confident in his health and signability.
Round 3. RHP Zach Quintana (Arbor View HS, NV)
This is an interesting selection for the Brewers. Last season, they drafted according to their new organizational pitching philosophy, which centered around pitchers who were at least 6-foot-2 and featured big fastballs. Quintana does not fit that mold. He is only 5-foot-11, which naturally raises extreme question marks about his ability to generate downward plane on his fastball and how he will handle a strenuous professional workload on the mound.
With that said, Quintana features very solid stuff on the mound. He is reportedly an easy 90-95 MPH with the fastball. Baseball America says that he also throws a sharp breaking ball that lacks some definition in terms of overall shape and a changeup that has developed into a pitch that could become an average offering with time. Some of the stature concerns could be lessened due to the fact that his velocity is not forced and he is extremely athletic.
Really interesting pick for the Brewers.
Round 4. RHP Tyler Wagner (University of Utah)
Closing for the University of Utah in 2012, he features a fastball that sits in the low-90s and can touch 95 MPH. What could make him a future big league reliever, however, is his power slider. Perfect Game rated Wagner as having the best breaking stuff in all of Utah. He comes from a high three-quarters slot and has stuff that explodes on hitters. Of course, he also struggles with his command at times, which is evidenced by his 27 walks in 42.7 innings.
If he can sharpen his command within the Brewers’ organization, he could move extremely quickly as a reliever. It should also be noted, however, that Wagner did not even make the Baseball America Top 500 Draft Prospects for this year’s draft. Another young man who should come in under slot for the Brewers and sign relatively quickly.
Round 5. RHP Damien Magnifico (University of Oklahoma)
Magnifico features a huge fastball that routinely hits triple-digits on the radar gun. The concern, however, is that he doesn’t have much else in his repertoire. Baseball America notes that he has begun throwing a two-seamer, as well as a cutter/slider, but neither grade out particularly well at this point in his development. He also has a show-me changeup that is a below-average offering.
The scouting report certainly screams “reliever,” but he did bounce around between the rotation and the bullpen this year for Oklahoma. Opposing batters must see the baseball rather well off Magnifico, though, as it’s a bit surprising that a pitcher with such an overwhelming fastball only struck out 33 batters in 49 innings.
The theory behind this pick is rather clear. Arm strength cannot be taught. Take the guy with a special fastball and attempt to refine the approach going forward and hope he can develop a feel for some sort of offspeed pitch. As a draft-eligible sophomore, however, he does have some leverage, so this could be the first pick that the Brewers will start to utilize their slot savings from earlier selections.
Round 6. SS Angel Ortega (Colegio Hector Urdaneta, PR)
As with many young shortstops in the Caribbean and Latin America, Ortega gets noticed for his glove at shortstop before his bat. He would have no issue sticking at shortstop at the big league level, though the real question lies in whether or not he will be able to hit enough to compliment his potentially above-average defense. Baseball America notes that Ortega shows good balance at the plate and possesses “some bat speed,” but he has a bat wrap and gets jammed on inside pitches already. He does not hit for power, nor does he project to as he matures and fills out his 6-foot-2 frame.
Ortega is currently committed to South Alabama to play baseball at the collegiate level. Baseball America writes that he is believed to be signable.
Round 7. LHP David Otterman (University of British Columbia)
Though he is a college junior, Otterman remains raw on the mound and has projection going forward. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Otterman has the body type organizations love. He throws a fastball that generally sits 88-91 MPH, a solid slider, and a changeup that needs development. The command of the strike zone is already above-average, and Baseball America claims that he possesses a clean delivery.
From BA: “Otterman is still raw, much more than the typical college junior, so he’ll need time to develop.”
Round 8. OF Edgardo Rivera (Inzarry de Puig HS, P.R.)
This is exactly what we expected the Brewers to do in the later rounds, as they stocked up on supremely signable talent earlier in the draft. Rivera ranked as the 176th-best prospect, according to Baseball America, and went on the 275th-pick of the draft. That almost necessitates that Milwaukee will have to pay overslot to sign Rivera.
The young outfielder is a burner in the outfield and on the basepaths. He is a 70-80 runner on the scouting scale and should have no problem sticking in center field. Scouts like the way the ball jumps off his bat and could eventually become a gap-hitter (read below-average power) with proper instruction in short-season ball. The MLB.com scouting report hints at mechanical problems in his swing. He remains extremely raw and will be an intriguing project for the organization, if they can ink him to a contract prior to the signing deadline.
Round 9. RHP Alejandro Lavandero (Belen Jesuit Prep School, FL)
Brewers go the prep route yet again — as the remainder of the teams are largely drafting collegiate talent at this point due to draft budget concerns — and nab a projectable right-hander out of Florida. The young man is currently committed to Florida Atlantic University and could be a difficult sign, but the Brewers should have some wiggle room remaining in their budget.
Lavandero throws 88-91 MPH with the fastball and has pretty good downhill plane in his delivery. At 6-foot-3 and only 180 pounds, he has plenty of room to fill out and gain velocity on his fastball. He also throws a mid-70s curveball that gets decent tilt. Perfect Game lauds his advanced pitchability as a high school senior. He also threw a complete game one-hitter last Thursday in his high school’s playoff run.
No word on the firmness of his commitment to FAU or how signable he may be for the Brewers.
Round 10. LHP Anthony Banda (San Jacinto CC, TX)
The 6-foot-3 lefty was drafted out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 33rd round a year ago, but he opted to forego a professional career and attend junior college in Texas. He posted a 1.95 ERA in 64.2 innings this year, striking out 62 batters and walking 31.
No in-depth scouting report available at this time.
Round 11. RHP James Gainey (United States Naval Academy)
James “Preston” Gainey threw 55.1 innings for Navy this spring with a 3.25 ERA, striking out almost a batter per inning. He threw in the high-80s coming out of high school, but I have not been able to find a reliable scouting report on his performances this year. With that said, it’s pretty clear that command is a bit of an issue for the young man. He walked 31 batters in his 55.1 innings, which calculates to 5.04 BB/9.
At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, though, he certainly fits the Brewers’ preferred mold of pitcher.
Round 12. RHP Eric Semmelhack (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Brewers fans always appreciate a local kid, but Semmelheck could be more than a novelty signing for the organization. He’s a big kid at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. Baseball America rated him as the third-best player available in Wisconsin, touching 94 MPH with significant effort in his delivery. He also throws what could become an average slider and an inconsistent changeup.
Round 13. 1B Alan Sharkey (Coral Springs HS, FL)
Likely scouted while the Brewers were down scouting prep outfielder Lewis Brinson this spring, Alan Sharkey is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound first baseman who largely batted cleanup for his high school team in Coral Springs.
Round 14. RHP Ryan Gibbard (Lynn University)
A junior at Lynn University in Florida, Gibbard posted a solid 3.07 ERA in 82 innings. He struck out 84 batters and only walked 19, which hints that he possesses good command of his pitches and the strike zone. In high school, he threw in the upper-80s and could occasionally touch 90 MPH, but no scouting reports are available to determine what he is currently throwing. He’s another big-bodied right-hander, though, standing 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds.
Baseball America ranked him the 86th-best player available in the state of Florida.
Round 15. RHP Buck Farmer (Georgia Tech University)
Many players fell in this draft due to signability concerns, but few collegiate players fell as far as Buck Farmer. Baseball America ranked him as the 117th-best prospect available in the 2012 Draft, and Milwaukee drafted the young man with the 485th overall pick. He features a low-90s fastball that can occasionally touch 95 MPH if he really reaches back. His repertoire also includes a changeup and a slider, neither of which are considered plus-pitches, but he can spot both for strikes.
Some scouts have concerns about his mechanics and the effort in his delivery — causing many reliever projections to get tossed on Farmer — but MLB.com suggests his ultimate ceiling is a mid-rotation starter, though his repertoire certainly sounds more like a #4 (tops) rather than a true #3.
It will ultimately be interesting to see if the Brewers can sign the junior, as he does possess some leverage in terms of going back to Georgia Tech for his senior season to improve his draft stock. If they can lure him away from campus, however, this is a huge value pick for the Crew in the 15th round.
Round 16. 1B Adam Giacalone (Neosho County CC, KS)
Milwaukee drafts Giacalone, who sounds like a difficult sign due to his commitment to play at the University of Tennessee next season. In the junior college ranks, though, he dominated the competition on both the mound and at the plate over the past two seasons. Giacalone hit .396 for Neosho County this year with 25 doubles, 3 triples, and 12 home runs. In his freshman year, he ranked third in the Division I junior college ranks with 18 home runs. Scouts ultimately believe he will show average power at the big league level, but he does possess a decent hit tool from the left side, as well.
If all else fails at the plate — where scouts prefer him — he can reach 91 MPH with the fastball and posted a ridiculous 88-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio this year.
Round 17. SS Alfredo Rodriguez (University of Maryland)
Drafted in the 32nd round a year ago by the Brewers, Rodriguez finds his way back onto the organization’s draft board. He profiles as more of a singles hitter than a gap-to-gap hitter, as he hit .294/.368/.763 with 12 doubles, a triple, and two home runs this year for the Maryland Terrapins. The young man is known for his defense much more than his bat, though, with scouts saying that he could legitimately stick at shortstop at the professional level if he had enough bat to warrant it.
Baseball America rated Rodriguez as the 6th-best prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region (which appears to include Maryland, West Virginia, and Delaware).
Round 18. RHP Hunter Adkins (Middle Tennessee State University)
Baseball America ranks Adkins as the 16th-best player available in the state of Tennessee in what was a down year for the state. He reportedly started well this spring, but really had trouble with his command down the stretch. He ended the year with a 5.75 ERA in 76.2 innings with a 3.52 BB/9 walk rate and a middling 6.93 K/9 strikeout rate. His fastball sits 88-91 MPH, touching 93 at times, and he also features a slider that can become a bit slurvy at times.
As with most pitchers the Brewers draft nowadays, he has a big frame at 6-foot-4.
Round 19. 3B Carlos Garmendia (Monsignor Edward Pace HS, FL)
Garmendia played some shortstop in high school, but will apparently move to the hot corner if he signs with the Brewers this summer. He reportedly has very strong defensive tools and average speed on the basepaths. Perfect Game writes, “Good tools, can hit, very good actions in the field.” It appears he is committed to Stetson University, though nothing has been written in terms of how signable he may be.
Round 20. SS Michael Garza (Georgetown University)
A college senior, Garza will likely sign with the Brewers extremely quickly if he wishes to continue his baseball career, as he will have no leverage in the negotiation process. He put together a very good season for Georgetown this year, hitting .393/.433/.616 with 21 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 home runs.
No in-depth scouting reports were available.
Round 21. RHP Austin Blaski (Marietta College)
Blaski is another big-bodied starter, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 200 pounds. He features a 88-92 MPH fastball that generates pretty good sink and is thrown on a downhill plane. The right-hander also features a slider and a changeup. Baseball America calls him “more than just a typical D-III senior sign.”
Round 22. LHP Douglas Wall (Rice University)
Douglas “Taylor” Wall is a left-handed reliever who found significant success in college with powerhouse Rice University. He posted a 3.08 ERA in 61.1 innings with a 51-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Without overwhelming stuff — as his fastball generally sits mid-to-high 80s — he gets by with advanced pitchability.
Round 23. C Paul Eshleman (Cal State San Bernardino)
A collegiate catcher, he played three years at the University of Oregon before transferring. In 2012, he hit .310/.335/.552 with eight home runs. His brother, John Eshleman, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 11th round of the 2009 Draft.
Round 24. C Michael Turay (Cal State Stanislaus)
Turay played three years at the University of Nevada before transferring to Cal State Stanislaus for his senior season. Perfect Game liked his bat coming out of high school — where he was named League MVP his senior season — but he was never able to transfer that prep success to the collegiate ranks. This year, he only hit .262/.326/.427 in 46 games.
Round 25. OF Lance Roenicke (UC Santa Barbara)
The son of Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke, this selection felt inevitable. The fifth year senior hit .310/.361/.462 with UCSB this year. He is said to have good speed on the basepaths and in the outfield. Baseball America ranks him the 186th-best amateur prospect in the state of California this year.
Round 26. LHP Mark McCoy (Barnetgat HS, NJ)
McCoy is a tri-sport athlete, playing baseball, football, and basketball in high school. The left-hander does not possess the ideal pitcher’s body — as he is only 6-foot — but he already sits 86-90 MPH with the fastball and has two potentially average pitches in a changeup and a curveball. Baseball America ranks him as the 3rd-best prospect in the state of New Jersey, and he was named to the All-State Team for New Jersey by ESPN.
The trick will be ascertaining just how firm his commitment to Wake Forest may be. From the best I can tell, he does not have a scholarship to continue his football career at Wake Forest, so that leverage is not added to the negotiations.
Round 27. RHP Tyler Duffie (Texas Christian University)
A big boy at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Duffie did not pitch much for TCU this season. He only saw 9.1 innings of action and did not allow a run. As a junior, he has some leverage in terms of returning to school for his senior season.
No scouting report readily available.
Round 28. RHP Martin Viramontes (University of Southern California)
The right-hander served as the Trojans’ closer, posting a 3.14 ERA in 20 appearances out of the bullpen. He has an above-average fastball, sitting in the low-90s and touching 94 MPH in short bursts, as well as an inconsistent slider and a developing changeup. The fifth-year senior was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 27th round of the 2010 Draft. At that time, Viramontes was a difficult sign out of Loyola Marymount as a draft-eligible sophomore.
Round 29. 1B Bryan Saucedo (Malvern Collegiate Institute, CN)
The Brewers always have a large scouting presence in Canada, so it’s not surprising to see them go back to the well for more prep talent. He is a 6-foot-3 slugging first baseman. Baseball America did not rank him in the top 18 amateur prospects in Canada for this year’s draft.
Round 30. RHP Jonathan Armold (Flagler College)
Armold pitched for Division II Flagler and started 12 games 2012, posting a 4.67 ERA in 69.1 innings. He had enjoyed more success in his sophomore and junior years before trudging through a disappointing senior season.
Round 31. LHP Brent Suter (Harvard University)
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Suter has rare size for a left-handed hurler. He possesses good athleticism and was ranked as the third-best draft prospect available in the Ivy League by Baseball America this spring. He compiled a 4.36 ERA in 53.2 innings for the Crimson as a senior this year, showing very solid command of the baseball by only walking 15 batters all year.
Round 32. RHP Nick Anderson (Mayville State University)
Anderson is yet another big-bodied starter from a small school. He stands 6-foot-5 and still could have some room to add muscle at only 195 pounds. His fastball has been clocked up to 91-92 MPH this spring.
Round 33. RHP Austin Hall (Brigham Young University)
An intriguing pick for the Brewers, as Hall was announced as a right-handed pitcher, but spent the majority of his time playing shortstop for Brigham Young University this year. He only appeared in two games this year, surrendering three runs on four hits, no walks, and no strikeouts. Due to his lack of exposure on the mound, no real scouting report exists at this time, but Baseball America ranked him as the 11th-best draft prospect in the state of Utah.
Round 34. RHP Tommy Burns (Don Bosco Prep HS, NJ)
One of the top prep high school pitchers in New Jersey, Burns sits around 90-91 MPH with his fastball and has been clocked as high as 94 MPH this season. He is committed to attend junior college at Howard this fall. Last week, he threw a complete-game shutout against the 20th-ranked team in New Jersey to advance his number-one-ranked team further into the postseason.
Round 35. SS Jose Sermo (Bethany College)
A college junior, Sermo is a switch-hitting shortstop who features a “nice stroke” at the plate from both sides, according to Baseball America. Scouts seem to think he will eventually need to move to third base or right field. Some scouts also believe he could be a better fit on the mound, as he possesses an absolute cannon for an arm.
Round 36. C Alex Mangano (Southwest Miami HS, FL)
Alejandro “Alex” Mangano is a prep catcher out of Florida with decent receiving skills and a strong arm behind the plate. Perfect Game had him clocked at 80 MPH from catcher to second base and a pop time of 1.84.
Round 37. SS Taylor Smith-Brennan (Edmonds CC)
Smith-Brennan was drafted by the Seattle Mariners a year ago, and their scouting director called him “a strong physical kid, a good-looking player.” He has the defensive tools to play all over the diamond, which provides positional flexibility to any minor league roster. Baseball America ranked him the 23rd-best amateur prospect in the state of Washington.
Round 38. C Christopher Shaw (Holy Trinity Academy HS)
Round 39. OF Derek Jones (St Marguerite D’Youville SS, CAN)
The Brewers are taking a gamble with Jones this low in the draft. He is the 248th-ranked amateur player available in the draft, according to Baseball America, and the number three player out of Canada. Scouts believe he should be able to handle center field as a professional, especially when his body fills out and he becomes stronger. Though BA says he is signable away from his commitment to Rose State College in Oklahoma, it may be difficult as a 39th-round selection. As always, it will come down to the money offered.
Round 40. C Charles Vazquez (American Senior HS, FL)