At pick 92, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Zavier Warren from Central Michigan. Here is what MLB.com had to say in their pre-draft report.
In Round 3 of the MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers continued to load up college bats, this time with the selection of Zavier Warren from Central Michigan (CMU), who interestingly enough, was announced as a catcher.
It was during the 2019 season at CMU that Warren became the full-time shortstop and then would man third base in the Cape Cod League that following summer. Although he did play some catcher while in college, Warren was still a bit surprised that he was announced as one when the Brewers selected him (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):
“I played shortstop, I caught a little bit (at Central Michigan),” Warren said. “I caught in high school. I know talking to the Brewers before the draft, they were intrigued with the catching. I didn’t know that they were going to announce me as a catcher, but I’m obviously still open to all positions.”
But as Warren would add, he’s played just about everywhere in the infield and it’s that versatility that makes him a special player. Well, that and his bat.
The switch-hitting Warren had a scorching hot sophomore season at the plate for Central Michigan in 2019 as he would slash .363./498/.571, totaling a 1.069 OPS with eight home runs over 240 at-bats. No to mention that he also added a school-record 23-doubles that season as well.
That summer, Warren would carry that momentum over to the Cape Cod League where he would slash .315/.396/.443 against some excellent competition, which certainly helped vault him up draft boards.
As MLB Pipeline’s 106th rated prospect coming into the draft, below are Warren’s grades, but keep in mind that he was likely graded as a shortstop:
Hit: 55 / Run: 45 / Field: 45 / Power: 40 / Arm: 55 / Overall: 45
Now for a closer look at Warren’s game and what he brings to the Brewers, here is what MLB.com had to say in their pre-draft scouting report:
“A switch-hitter with a quick, sound swing from both sides, Warren makes line-drive contact with ease. He’s more of a gap-to-gap hitter than a home run threat, though he did set a school record with 22 doubles last year. He’s not afraid to work deep counts in the pursuit of walks, and plays quicker than his fringy-to-average speed thanks to aggressiveness on the bases.”
As the 92nd pick in the draft, Warren is slotted to make $637,600. And while it remains to be seen whether or not he will stick at catcher, at a minimum the Milwaukee Brewers add another high-upside bat to their organization.