The Milwaukee Brewers opened up the 2012 MLB Draft by selecting a pair of bats, tabbing Washington high school catcher Clint Coulter and Georgia Southern outfielder Victor Roache at picks 27 and 28 respectively. It would not be surprising to see the pair jump to the top of Milwaukee’s position player prospect ranks, as that half of the system has been decrepit since the trade sending Brett Lawrie to Toronto for Shaun Marcum.
Coulter is currently listed as a catcher but the Brewers selected him for his bat, as some have compared him to Mike Napoli. If he reaches his ceiling, he’ll have an MLB-quality bat regardless of his defensive position.
At 6’1″, 230 pounds, Roache has the frame to become a power hitter in the major leagues. He’s raw, but the Brewers actually have some outfielders in the upper minors, so he should have plenty of time to develop.
The Brewer also have the 38th pick Monday night, a compensatory pick for losing Prince Fielder in the offseason.