It’s been a little bit since our last draft post here at DoU, so let’s do one today! We’ll base this one off of some of Baseball America’s recent mock drafts and two players they see the Brewers potentially selecting with the No. 9 pick.
In case you missed the last draft piece, you can find it here.
So, let’s dive in!
Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS, Louisville
If there’s a part of the field where the Brewers are littered in, it’s the outfield grass. But no matter how loaded positions may look on paper, the chance that players fail to reach their potential always is a risk being prepared for. That being said, the guys over at Baseball America view Adell as a fit for Milwaukee:
Milwaukee has opened drafts with athletic outfielders (Trent Clark, Corey Ray) twice in a row. This year, no one is toolsier than Jordon Adell, whose 24-homer season makes him too difficult to slide through to the comp round.
Some definite strong points in this brief reasoning. Though Trent Clark was taken by David Stearns and Corey Ray by David Stearns, the Brewers have opted to go the route of outfielders in recent years. If they decide to go down that path again, Adell could be their man (insert your Adele joke here, even though it’s not pronounced the same).
A powerful right-handed hitter, Adell brings a lot to the table. He can do pretty much anything. He can run a 6.19 40-yard dash and his speed is graded as a 70. His bat is graded between 55-60, as he utilizes above average bat speed and timing to put the finishing touches on swings. Combine those tools at the plate and they equal a player that hit .512 with 10 dingers in the first 16 games of the season.
Now, while all of these seem like a sure-hit on paper, it’s critical to gauge Adell properly. A lot of these statistics were picked up against high schoolers, and spoiler — not all high school baseball players are good. Scouts note that he’s had a difficult time picking up advanced pitching mechanics from higher-tier competition. They note that his plate discipline can take a hit, especially if the pitcher he’s facing has crafted a strong breaking ball.
But with professional coaching, his issues could be shored up, thus eliminating at least some of his problems regarding mechanics.
Here’s some footage of Adell hitting baseballs:
Austin Beck, OF, North Davidson High, Lexington N.C.
Like the mock draft that saw the Brewers going with Adell, another one of Baseball America’s recent predictions has them going with another prep outfielder. However, this one isn’t out of Louisville. Here’s BA’s blurb on Beck:
Milwaukee has drafted toolsy outfielders in the first round two drafts in a row, but North Carolina prep Austin Beck may have more 7s on his scouting card than either Trent Clark or Corey Ray. If Milwaukee shifts away from bats, they’re in on arms such as North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas or prep lefties such as D.L. Hall or Trevor Rogers.
(NOTE: For the sake of this article, we’ll avoid J.B. Bukauskas, D.L. Hall, and Trevor Rogers. But keep an eye, maybe we’ll have a piece on them in the near future!)
So, let’s begin the basics regarding Beck. Last season, the cards failed to fall in his favor, as he suffered a leg injury, which eventually led into ACL surgery. Not only was it frustrating for Beck, but scouts were unable to gauge him during summer play — a time that usually garners players the opportunity to face fiercer competition. As one might imagine, there were those who held their skepticism towards Beck post-injury.
But he persevered, and now he’s likely to be a first round pick. Pretty impressive. Now, how did he do it? Well, like Adell, he has all the tools of the trade. He can sprint a blistering 90 feet, as some numbers show him doing so in just 4.1 seconds. He’s also exhibited tendencies to whip frozen ropes from right field. Wondering about his batting? Take a look at this report from Perfect Game’s David Rawnsley:
“. . . the most impressive thing about Beck when I saw him was his bat and offensive profile. His hitting approach is outstanding, with a balanced set up and directional stride at the plate, ideal hand position with a calm and relaxed load and as good of lower half torque and whip as this scout has seen in a long time. The raw bat speed is extreme, absolute highest level. . .Beck hits to all fields due to his balance and ability to wait on the ball and very consistently squares the ball up.”
Rawnsley goes on to compare Beck to Mike Trout. Now, that may be pushing it a little, but it’s definitely a comparison to get excited over.
Similar to Adell, the main worry about Beck is his lack of play against more groomed competition. Granted, it wasn’t his fault that he got injured, but nonetheless, it’d be nice to see him play out on the diamond with players more fit to his style. But in the end, he’s still set to be a first round pick. The only real downfall that could happen if the Brewers were to select him would be the signing concern. He’s committed to North Carolina, which could be a hoop to jump through. There’ve been plenty of times in draft history where deals have fallen through where the prospect feels as if he’s not being given enough money and decides to play a year of college. Hopefully if Milwaukee lands him, that’s not the case.
I’ll end this piece with a video of Austin Beck: