After having to sit out until the 54th pick in 2013 due to signing Kyle Lohse, the Brewers pick three times in the top 50 in 2014. With the 12th, 41st and 50th picks, the Brewers have ample opportunity to add to a lowly rated but already improving system. Check back regularly for updated scouting reports and opinions from around the web as the draft progresses.
PREDRAFT: Final Mock Roundup
Baseball America: Trea Turner HS shortstop
Perfect Game/Baseball Prospectus: Grant Holmes HS RHP
ESPN.com’s Keith Law: Kodi Medeiros HS LHP
Chris Crawford: Kyle Freeland College LHP
MLB.com’s Jim Callis: Max Pentecost College Catcher
Honestly, there is just no consensus here. The Brewers have been connected to so many names over the last few weeks, it sometimes seems that there isn’t a player projected to go after the top three or four picks the Brewers haven’t been mentioned with. The Brewers should pick sometime around 7 PM central, or right before the game with the Twins starts. You can find the draft on MLB Network.
Round 1, Pick 12
With the 12th pick of the 2014 draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Kodi Medeiros, a high school left-handed pitcher out of the state of Hawaii. The Brewers had him in for a pre-draft workout and loved what they saw from him. From Baseball America:
“His fastball sat 90-92 mph over extended innings this spring and has touched 95. He throws from a low arm slot that is just above sidearm, giving his fastball plus-plus life with heavy arm-side run and sink. His heavy, groundball-inducing fastball was a constant discussion point for hitters on the showcase circuit. Medeiros’ slider is at least a plus offering and one of the best breaking balls in the high school ranks. The Pepperdine commit’s changeup has improved, showing the makings of an above-average offering with continued refinement.”
There are concerns (most notably from ESPN.com’s Keith Law but others as well) that Medeiros may have to move to the bullpen at some point. Others are not nearly as concerned about the pick, like Baseball Prospectus’s Doug Thorburn:
Quick mech report on Medeiros: strong momentum + delay of rotation fuels torque, lift+stride comps to Darvish, low near-sidearm slot
— Doug Thorburn (@doug_thorburn) June 6, 2014
Medeiros: Has low center of gravity throughout but remains otherwise balanced. Awesome posture. B+ stability and B power — Doug Thorburn (@doug_thorburn) June 6, 2014
It’s impossible to know just what the Brewers got in Medeiros at this point in the process. One of the biggest things to watch going forward is just what the Brewers will do with his arm slot:
I wonder what the Brewers will do with his arm slot. They like high arm slots and his is quite low. — Brooks Parker (@Subber10) June 6, 2014
Check back often for more updates on the Brewers picks at 41 and 50 and for more on Medeiros as it becomes available.
Round 1 (supplemental), Pick 41
With the 41st pick of the draft, the Brewers selected Jacob Gatewood, a high school shortstop out of California. There were times last summer when Gatewood was mentioned as being a potential top five pick, but questions about his “hit” tool seemed to push him down draft boards this spring. From Keith Law: Gatewood still boasts some of the highest upside in the draft, with huge raw power but a below-average hit tool that has him sliding down draft boards, and possibly out of the first round, because he hasn’t shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate. This is the second straight pick where the Brewers opted to go for a high school player with big time upside, but real questions about his ability to make it to the big leagues as a plus player. Given the large number of likely big leaguers in the system who lack “star” upside, these are exactly the sort of picks that fit the most general organizational need. Drafting for specific needs can be a dangerous game to play, but in cases like this it’s hard to argue too much with the strategy.
Strongly disagreed with the Brewers pick at 12, but really, really like this pick at 41. Gatewood’s power is immense. — Chris Crawford (@CrawfordChrisV) June 6, 2014
Even if Gatewood ends up having to move off of shortstop to third base, the massive power in the bat plays just about anywhere if, and it’s a big “if,” he can figure out how to consistently hit the ball on the screws. Should be a fun player to follow.
Round 2, Pick 50
With the 50th pick of the 2014 draft, the Brewers selected high school outfielder and three-sport star Monte Harrison. Baseball America called him “the best athlete in the draft,” and the Brewers will likely have to pay a hefty price if they want to sign him away from a scholarship to play wide receiver for the University of Nebraska in the fall.
Obviously, day one of the Brewers’ draft represents a big grab for upside talent with little concern for safety and signability.
Due to the rules that limit how much team’s are allowed to spend on draft picks, the Brewers will probably have to make a number of safe picks for college seniors who are willing to sign for less than their “slotted” value in rounds three through ten. Though other teams have done this as a means to get more upside players in the early going, this strategy is something of a departure for the Brewers’ recent drafts. It will be interesting to see how they manage this as we move along in the draft.
Check back throughout the day on Friday for more updates.