The Milwaukee Brewers drafted RHP Dylan Covey with their first pick in the MLB Draft yesterday, the 14th overall pick.
Covey is a high school prospect from Southern California. His repertoire includes a low-to-mid 90s fastball, a power curve in the low-to-mid 80s, and a work-in-progress changeup. His comparables have been listed as Matt Cain and Chad Billingsley, certainly the kind of arm that the Brewers needed in the system.
It is kind of surprising that the Brewers would take a high school arm, as Covey is certain to need a few years in the minor league system, but I think this is a much better pick than a college arm that wasn’t as talented but could be rushed to the majors, such as, for example, Ohio State SP Alex Wimmers, who was drafted by the Twins. There are still a few college arms left that could infuse the system, and hopefully Eric Arnett can turn it around and be the guy that can get to the majors quicker. The major focus here should have been talent, and as such, I’m happy with the pick.
Here are two videos of Covey: