3. Which of their Day 1 picks are you most disappointed about?
Mike Wendlandt: I wouldn’t say disappointed, but I was surprised to see Bello taken as high as he was. He’s a good defense/speed prospect in center field, but with some guys like Kody Clemens who could be a top flight power hitter in the professional ranks or some of the top prep pitchers still available, it definitely is a pick to keep an eye on in the future.
That being said, I can understand why the Brewers made the pick. Bello can likely sign under slot, allocating more money for Turang, Gray, and fourth-round pick Aaron Ashby. It’s hard to nitpick with only three picks, all of them prep bats, but I loved the picks of Turang and Gray so much that Bello has to be my answer to this question by default. But either way, the Brewers are off to a good start to the MLB Draft.
Mitchell Reichert: In all honesty, I am not disappointed with anything the Brewers did on Day 1. Their first two picks, Brice Turang and Joe Gray, are both guys with very solid upside. In fact, Turang was previously thought of as a top ten pick, but fell because of a slightly down year and being seen so much by draft guys that they got too used to seeing him perform at a high level. Joe Gray is very raw and there is a possibility that he is not able to hit enough to make it to the big leagues, but the upside is absolutely crazy.
Micah Bello, their selection in the Compensation Round B, is also interesting as he comes from an area where no one except the Brewers seems to be scouting in Hawaii. The Brewers have had success with drafting players out of Hawaii recently so I am very willing to trust that their scouts saw something special in him. All in all, it was a very solid first day for the Brew Crew.
Brian Sampson: Joe Gray Jr. is my biggest disappointment from Day 1. He was a huge reach for the Brewers as has been outlined. From an outsiders perspective, Milwaukee certainly had better options available that would fit their needs right now. With that being said, it’s impossible to predict the needs down the road and if Stearns truly felt Gray Jr, was the best player available, who am I to doubt him?