With Prince Fielder leaving for Detroit in the offseason, the Brewers picked up the seventh pick of the “Sandwich Round” between the first and second rounds of the MLB Draft on Monday. With that pick, the 38th overall, the Brewers selected a third bat to go with their two first round selections, Cal Poly OF Mitch Haniger. Haniger joins Victor Roache as the second college outfielder with power potential in Milwaukee’s 2012 draft class. At 6’2 but just 180 pounds, he’ll probably have to add some muscle to hit for big major league power, but he still projects as a 20-25 home run hitter if he can reach his ceiling.
The Brewers have really looked to improve the bats in their minor league system. Although Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley give them a solid base of pitching, they really don’t have an equivalent in terms of bats, particularly in terms of power. All three of the hitters the Brewers have taken so far project as power hitters at the major league level.