The Brewers’ system has taken a hit in recent years, whether it was from graduations (Keston Hiura), trades while pushing for a championship or regression. That has left some questions, and while they did manage to select a new #1 the 2020 Draft did not dramatically improve the outlook. Let’s take a look:
- Garrett Mitchell (OF, Grade – B+/B)
- Brice Turang (SS, Grade – B)
- Tristen Lutz (OF, Grade – B-)
- Ethan Small (LHP, Grade – C+)
- Mario Feliciano (C, Grade – C+)
- Antoine Kelly (LHP, Grade – C+)
- Zavier Warren (C, Grade C)
- Freddy Zamora (SS, Grade – C)
- Zack Brown (RHP, Grade – C)
- Eduardo Garcia (SS, Grade – C)
Why Mitchell At #1?
Mitchell has the potential to be a five-tool stud, we are just waiting for him to learn how to showcase his raw power in games. It’s something that the Brewers should be able to help him get to, considering this scouting report from Baseball America:
Mitchell shows massive, plus-plus raw power in batting practice, but his choppy swing produces mostly grounders and low line drives in games. His natural feel for contact gives him a chance to be an above-average or better hitter, and his natural speed and elite times out of the box should help inflate his batting average. Some evaluators are optimistic Mitchell can tap into his power with swing refinements in pro ball, but his in-game power production is concerning dating back to his high school career.
Even without significant power his speed would play at the highest level, but the potential is there for him to develop into a truly elite player. The other “concern” that was noted in all scouting reports is that he suffers from Type 1 diabetes, though that shouldn’t impact the outlook. Mitchell could prove to be the steal of the draft, and he’s a player that should be towards the top of all dynasty league draft boards.
Why Warren at #7?
It’s interesting that Warren is being listed as a catcher, as he ultimately saw time all around the infield during his college career. Maybe he is an ideal backup catcher/utility player, though if he can develop defensively behind the plate his stock will skyrocket.
A switch hitter, he’s currently line drive over home run power but that is something that could develop as he adds strength and experience. Couple that with a solid eye/approach (MLB.com said that he is “not afraid to work deep counts in the pursuit of walks”) and a little bit of speed, and there’s a lot to like if he can figure it out s a catcher defensively.
Why Zamora at #8?
Zamora has the potential to be star defensive shortstop with plenty of speed and hopefully enough power, though the latter is definitely his “worst” skill. While the speed is obvious, when healthy, there are still questions:
- A knee injury ended Zamora’s junior season, and he needs to prove that there is no long-term impact on his speed/ability
- In terms of his defense, Baseball America noted that he “has the tools to be an impact defender at shortstop, though he showed a tendency to get a bit lazy on routine plays.”
- A suspension for violating team rules just adds an additional question
There’s potential, especially with his speed, but there are also a lot of questions.
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Sources – MLB.com, Baseball America
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