The Milwaukee Brewers had three picks on Day 1 of the MLB draft so it only makes sense we ask three writers three questions about those three picks.
Boy, do we love threes here at Dairyland Express. In another edition of your Milwaukee Brewers‘ roundtable, we ask three writers three questions about the three Day 1 selections in the 2018 MLB Draft.
1. With the Brewers draft in full swing, how do you think they did on Day 1 with the selection of three high school bats?
Mike Wendlandt (@MikeWendlandt): I really like what they did with their first two picks and am intrigued by their third. Brice Turang was one of the safest selections in the draft on Day 1 and should step into the system immediately and potentially see time in Single-A Wisconsin by the end of the year. On the other end of the spectrum are Joe Gray and Micah Bello. Both guys have mountains of potential but will need plenty of time to figure out what players they’ll be professionally.
Gray, in particular, has a lot of raw tools to be molded and could end up as one of the steals of the draft five years from now. He has a lot of the tools that Monte Harrison had when he was drafted, namely his natural athleticism and absolute cannon of an arm. He also has one of the quickest bats, which will always play. Bello could be a good leadoff or number two hitter with time, but he needs a lot of seasoning and may have been drafted over his projection so the team could sign Turang.
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Mitchell Reichert (@MitchReichert): I was very impressed with the first day of the draft. As expected, general manager David Stearns and company made phenomenal selections with their first three picks. Prior to the draft, the Brewers were connected with a vast pool of players so they were able to take whomever they felt was the best player available to them at pick 21.
I was a little surprised that they went with the high school bats as I had anticipated them going for college pitchers who tend to be closer to the big leagues, but they very clearly did their homework and took guys with high upsides who play up the middle. Each of their selections the first day were guys who have multiple solid tools and are able to play solid defense at premium positions, which is what has worked for them in the past couple drafts.
Brian Sampson (@BrianSampsonNBA): It was very surprising they went with three high school bats, but I can fully get behind the best player approach. By selecting the best player, it ensures their farm system always has the highest level of talent possible. Even if a position is loaded (like outfield) or it’s blocked in the majors (also outfield), that won’t always be the case. Especially, when these guys are ready to contribute at that level.