2008 Draft Preview

on 05/27/2008


The 2008 draft will mark the ninth under the guidance of Scouting Director Jack Zduriencik, and prior to this year he has not had a single extra, compensatory selection due to free agents that signed with other teams. In fact, he has done a commendable job procuring talent through the draft doing so without second round picks in 2000, 2005 and 2007 due to the free agent acquisitions of Jose Hernandez, Damian Miller and Jeff Suppan.

With six picks among the top 62 overall selections, and seven within the top 94, Zduriencik stands to add a considerable amount of talent to a system that is still strong, but has been weakened due to recent promotions of young stars such as Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo and Manny Parra, as well as a few trades in which prospects were included to acquire established Major Leaguers, most notably the deal to acquire set-up man Scott Linebrink a year ago.

Linebrink's departure via free agency, as well as the departure of former Brewers closer Francisco Cordero has brought the team two supplemental first- round picks and the second round picks of the White Sox and Reds.

Similar to past years, I am going to profile some of the top talent eligible for the 2008 draft, position-by-position, focusing on the Brewers overall depth at each position while also trying to identify a few candidates that Zduriencik and his staff may be targeting.

Almost every team in baseball is in need of catching talent, arguably the most difficult position to fill given how so few catchers in baseball can both hit and play good enough defense for such a demanding position. The Brewers are no different, and the team has come out and stated that catching is a glaring organizational need despite the presence of prospects such as Angel Salome and Jonathan Lucroy.

Best of the bunch:
College: Buster Posey, Florida State
High School: Kyle Skipworth, Riverside, CA
The Brewers won't have the chance to take either one of these young players, as Posey is a favorite to go first overall to the Rays, and Skipworth is one of the most lethal sluggers in high school baseball, which means he's unlikely to fall past the top five to seven overall selections.

They should have a chance to take Stanford's Jason Castro, who has carried over the success at the plate from the summer of 2007, when he was a Cape Cod League All-Star, to this spring, as he has a good overall tool-set, now hitting as well as he catches defensively.

Petey Paramore is one of college baseball's more patient sluggers, and while he stepped onto Arizona State's campus known more for his bat than his defense, he has worked hard to improve his defense despite not living up entirely to his offensive reputation.

Both Bayamon, Puerto Rico native Antonio Jiminez and Adrian Nieto of Key West are active, athletic catchers with interesting offensive potential and should be in the mix for the early rounds.

Keep an eye on:
Brett Lawrie, Langley, British Columbia
Lawrie's powerful bat and athletic versatility has some scouts thinking about taking him and developing him as a catcher. With a strong arm and good lateral quickness, he has the tools to make the move, but patience would be required for him to make the necessary adjustments. UC Davis' Jake Jefferies is another catcher that is rising quickly up draft boards this season with a left-handed swing made for making consistent hard contact and solid receiving skills behind the plate.

My pick:
Jason Castro, Stanford
Castro would have to be the Brewers first-round pick for them to have a chance at adding him to their system, but he is exactly what the organization needs in a take-charge leader with good athleticism and a powerful left-handed stroke.

First Base
If catching is one of the biggest organizational needs, first base has to be the one position the Brewers probably don't have to address in the early rounds of the draft, not only this year, but for the next few seasons. Prince Fielder of course is entrenched at first base, and even if he does move on in a few years when he becomes a free agent, the organization has several internal candidates to take his spot including Matt LaPorta, Mat Gamel and Chris Errecart, all three of which are currently playing and hitting well at AA Huntsville.

Best of the bunch:
College: Justin Smoak, South Carolina
High School: Eric Hosmer
The 2008 draft class is loaded with first baseman, with five college sluggers poised to go in the first round: Smoak, Miami's Yonder Alonso, Arizona State's Brett Wallace and Ike Davis, Cal's David Cooper and Wake Forest's Allan Dykstra.

Eric Hosmer (Cooper City, FL) is one of the best high school hitters to come along in recent years. He has a very good eye and easy power to all fields. He also has shown his prowess on the mound this spring, hurling easy mid-to-upper 90s heat. His affiliation with Scott Boras may cause Hosmer to fall in the draft similar to how right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello fell a year ago.

Keep an eye on:
Shane Peterson, Long Beach State
Peterson isn't going to sneak up on anyone, as he entered the season in the same breath as David Cooper with a smooth left-handed swing. His power hasn't emerged as much as Cooper's has this spring, but he has shown that he can swing the wood bat with a strong showing last summer on the Cape, and he has a slick glove at the first base bag.

My pick:
Randy Molina, Stanford
Molina is the second of two Stanford players to represent my picks at both catcher and first base. Molina is a big, hulking first baseman that hits for average a lot more so than he does for power. His opposite field approach would lead you to believe that more power could be there if he starts to learn to drive the ball more consistently. He's not a candidate to go in the early rounds, but the Brewers likely won't be looking to add a first baseman early.

Second Base
Second base is a difficult position to call a need, since so many second basemen are converted shortstops. Therefore it is difficult to assess whether or not second base in the Brewers organization is a true need. Rickie Weeks continues to draw scrutiny at the big-league level, while Mike Bell and Eric Farris give the organization some depth while Hernan Iribarren was converted to an outfielder to maximize his value through versatility.

Best of the bunch:
College: Jemile Weeks, Miami
High School: Rolando Gomez, Pembroke Pines, FL
Jemile Weeks not only is the best second baseman available in the draft, he also is the best leadoff hitter available, with an exciting tool package highlighted by his speed. Jemile may not have the power potential of his older brother Rickie, but he also may profile better as a leadoff hitter and second baseman defensively.

Rolando Gomez is a shorter, scrappy middle infielder that currently plays shortstop with aplomb. While his measureables aren't ideal, he continues to wow scouts with his refined game and aggressive approach, and may have to make the switch to second base down the road.

While Jemile Weeks is clearly the best of the class, the University of Virginia's David Adams is clearly the second best, and could go as high as the supplemental round for his line drive bat, and he has proven in two stints on the Cape that he handles the wood bat just as well as a metal one.

Keep an eye on:
Tyler Landendorf, Howard JC (TX)
Landendorf currently plays shortstop, but at some point likely will have to move to second or centerfield. He's has an exciting combination of blazing speed and budding power, with the power developing this spring. He has been rising up draft boards, and could very well be a first-round pick.

My pick:
Dan Brewer, Bradley
A natural fit to the Brewers, just like Brent Brewer was two years ago. Dan Brewer is the opposite type of prospect as Brent, with limited height and tools, but an aggressive approach to the game and a bat made to shoot balls from gap to gap. Brewer has played just about everywhere on the field, and may settle in nicely at second base as a pro.

Third Base
Third base has gone from an organizational weakness to a strength, and now back to a weakness, at least according to the Brewers. Ryan Braun obviously has been moved to the outfield, with Bill Hall moving back to the infield. Top prospect Mat Gamel has had his troubles defensively at the hot corner, and Taylor Green is three to four years away from contributing.

Best of the bunch:
College: Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt
High School: Anthony Hewitt, Brooklyn, NY
Georgia prep Ethan Martin would probably be the top rated high school third baseman, but he's exploded this year as a right-handed pitcher and seems to be drawing more interest for his arm than for his equally powerful bat.

Alvarez entered the year as the unanimous top draft-eligible prospect given his impressive productivity as a left-handed slugger, and the only reason he falls to the Brewers is if his affiliation with Scott Boras scares off the 15 teams drafting ahead of them. Hewitt may be in line to replace Alvarez at third as a Vanderbilt recruit and fellow New York native, but Hewitt has impressed scouts so much this spring that he may be drafted as early as the first round which would likely mean he never steps on Vandy's campus.

Junior college talent Lonnie Chisenhall (Pitt College, NC), Wichita State's Conor Gillaspie and South Carolina's James Darnell are natural run producers, with Chisenhall and Gillaspie boasting solid contact lefty bats not unlike Mat Gamel's, while Darnell is all about power from the right side of the plate. Both might have to move to right field at the pro level.

Keep an eye on:
Ricky Oropesa, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Oropesa has picked up this spring where Mike Moustakas left off last year in Southern California. With an imposing presence at the plate and big-time power from the left-side of the plate, Oropesa isn't a candidate to go as high as Moustakas did last year, but he is soaring up draft charts.

My pick:
Conor Gillaspie, Wichita State
If Wichita State third baseman Conor Gillaspie falls to one of the Brewers supplemental picks, he would be a natural fit as a pure, left-handed hitter, although there are some questions about his defense at the hot corner, which isn't exactly encouraging given the Brewers recent troubles finding a third sacker that is just as competent with the glove as he is with the bat.

While shortstop may not seem to be much of a need in the Brewers organization, with J.J. Hardy at the big-league level, Alcides Escobar not too far from possibly moving Hardy to another position, and the exciting, multi-tooled Brent Brewer in low-A, shortstops often are moved to other positions to make the most of their abilities. The Brewers haven't taken too many shortstops with their early picks in recent years, but have a history of success with shortstops, even if they do move to another position, as shown with players such as Gorman Thomas, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Dale Sveum, Gary Sheffield and Bill Spiers.

Best of the bunch:
College: Gordon Beckham, Georgia
High School: Tim Beckham, Griffin, GA
The Brewers won't have a chance to take either of these players, as Tim Beckham is a candidate to go first overall, and Gordon Beckham (no relation) won't last much longer.

Overall the shortstop class is rather weak, as two-way Florida prep talent Casey Kelly (if he's drafted as a shortstop) and South Carolina's Reese Havens are the only other players that have a chance to be taken in the first round, and Havens may have to move to second or third base as a pro. Vanderbilt's Ryan Flaherty could be selected as early as the supplemental round, but similar to Havens, many believe he is going to have to move to either second or third base sooner rather than later due to the lack of ideal range.

Another Florida prep infielder, Harold Martinez, entered the season as a top 10 overall talent, but a difficult season has dropped his stock significantly.

Keep an eye on:
Niko Vasquez, Las Vegas, NV
A smaller but wiry strong and pesky middle infielder, Vasquez has been drawing bigger and bigger crowds from the scouting community after taking advantage of some very strong showings at larger tournament events earlier this spring. With solid range, a strong arm and an improving bat, he could be drafted as early as the sandwich round.

My pick:
Jason Christian, Michigan
Christian is a four-tool talent only missing raw power to make him a true five- tool talent, and even then he can smack the ball from gap-to-gap. He hits for a good average from the left-side of the plate, has good speed and plays solid defense. His ceiling may be limited somewhat, but he's a steady and heady ballplayer.

Corner Outfield
The Brewers depth at both of their outfield corners rivals their depth at first base. Ryan Braun clearly isn't going anywhere for a long, long time, and most fans hope the same is true for Corey Hart, even if Hart could move to center down the road. Matt LaPorta and Cole Gillespie both offer promise at either corner spot at AA Huntsville, while fellow Huntsville Star Mat Gamel may be a candidate for either left or right field as well. From the big-leagues down to the lower levels of the system, the Brewers have plenty of big bats to turn to.

Best of the bunch:
College: Eric Thames, Pepperdine
High School: Destin Hood, Mobile, AL
The outfield class as the college level is definitely the weakest category of all draft-eligible players. While Thames has been playing center for the Wave for most of the spring, he profiles best in left field despite a solid overall tool-set. His willingness to go up the middle and the other way has allowed him to finally break out this year.

Texas Tech's Roger Kieschnick is more of a prototypical corner outfielder with an exciting power bat, power arm combination, but he struggles to make consistent contact with a big swing that makes him prone to strikeouts.

The high school class also doesn't offer too many exciting corner outfield prospects, but Destin Hood is an impressive physical specimen and his athleticism has led to a football commitment to Alabama where he would play wide receiver. He currently plays shortstop on the baseball diamond, but he's destined for either left or right field. Him sharing top honors with Ethan Martin as the co-winners of the home run derby at the Aflac All-American Classic gives you an idea of what kind of power potential this young man has.

Keep an eye on:
Kyle Russell, Texas
Russell will be interesting to follow in the draft since he's the one player listed as a player to keep an eye on that isn't really tearing things up, especially after leading the nation in home runs a year ago as a draft-eligible sophomore. He turned down significant money as a fourth round pick of the Cardinals a year ago, and may return to Texas for his senior year in an attempt to re-gain his prospect status.

My pick:
Mike Bianucci, Auburn
Bianucci is a proven run producer in the mold of Xavier Nady. He has good bat speed and power as a right-handed hitter, although his athleticism is somewhat limited with stiff body actions and a fringe average arm. He may find his spot at the big-league level similar to someone like Nady or even Kevin Mench as a platoon corner outfielder that destroys left-handed pitching.

Centerfield is a little less settled in the Brewers organization than their corner spots, although there is some exciting yet unproven talent to look forward to. The names include Darren Ford, Lorenzo Cain and Lee Haydel, with Ford and Haydel possessing game-changing speed. Big-leaguer Mike Cameron holds down the spot for now, with Corey Hart being a possible replacement in a year or two.

Best of the bunch:
College: Jordan Danks, Texas
High School: Aaron Hicks, Long Beach, CA
Similar to the corner outfield group, there isn't a college centerfielder that is a sure thing to go in the early rounds. Jordan Danks, the younger brother of big-league lefty John Danks, was a potential first-rounder coming out of high school, but made it clear that he was heading to college. He has good speed, power potential and a patient eye, but his game has not yet blossomed given the amount of talent he possesses.

Aaron Hicks may be the most exciting draft-eligible prospect, and scouts are spilt as to whether his future lies in the outfield or as an electric right- handed pitcher. His speed and arm strength are his strongest tools, and he has a potent bat as a switch-hitter and brings mid-90s heat with a killer curveball off the mound.

Few prospects have risen up draft boards as much as Chino Hills' (CA) Zach Collier. With long and wiry limbs and a lefty swing made for both contact and power, the absence of outfielders in this draft class may cause a team to take Collier higher than where they normally would.

No player can match the speed of Stockbridge, Georgia's Xavier Avery. He is a talented overall athlete that has committed to play football as either a running back or a cornerback, and despite his two-sport interests scouts are impressed with just how refined his game is.

Keep an eye on:
Jay Austin, Atlanta, GA
Austin's five-tool talents have him rising up draft boards this spring. His game is highlighted by his game-changing speed, and he has some surprising pop from the left-side of the plate.

My pick:
L.J. Hoes, Mitchellville, MD
Hoes was named the top prospect in the Cal Ripken Sr. summer league last year playing amongst college players as a prep centerfielder. With good athleticism and versatility, Hoes is a converted infielder whose smooth, gliding actions makes him a perfect fit for center. Signing him away from North Carolina may be difficult.

Right-handed Pitcher
Pitching is definitely thin in the Brewers system, and I am expecting the team to load up on arms with several of their early picks. Even if the team did have a glut of pitching depth, you can never have too much pitching.

Best of the bunch:
College: Aaron Crow, Missouri
High School: Tim Melville, Wentzville, MO
Aaron Crow should easily be gone among the top five to seven overall selections, but Tim Melville is an interesting player whose stock may be in flux somewhat as he started the spring rather cold. His stuff and command has improved significantly as the weather has improved, and he may have re-established himself as a lock to go in the first half of the first round.

Shooter Hunt (Tulane), Brett Hunter (Pepperdine) and Tanner Scheppers (Fresno State) gave the draft a trio of solid college starters after Crow, but Scheppers and Hunter now have some significant health issues clouding their future, as both may tumble in the draft because of it. Hunt still figures to go among the top 10 picks.

Many of the top prep arms star both as pitches and as hitters, which makes it a little more difficult to gauge the overall talent level. Aaron Hicks, Ethan Martin and Casey Kelly all have equally or greater potential as pitchers, yet many scouts seem to be split on the future of each of these three players.

Sonny Gray (Smyrna, TN) entered the spring as a likely first-round pick despite questions about his sub-6' frame. His lightning quick arm and electric stuff drew unfair comparisons to Roy Oswalt, but an ankle injury that cut Gray's season short may hurt his draft stock.

Paducah, Kentucky prep righty Daniel Webb had some injury issues a year ago, but has since overcome them and has been one of the more consistent performers since last fall, regularly sitting in the 92-94 range with a strong build and good curveball.

Gerrit Cole (Santa Ana, CA) and Bubba Meyer (Greensburg, IN) have very good arms, but both have made their signability a huge question mark by aligning themselves with Scott Boras. Don't be surprised to see them end up at UCLA and Kentucky respectively.

Highland, Illinois' Jake Odorizzi has been moving up all spring, and now figures to go somewhere in the middle of the first round, and may even be a candidate for the Brewers at #16 given his athletic, projectable frame, loose arm and easy velocity. Quinton Miller of Medford, New Jersey has a similar profile of size and stuff to Odorizzi.

The second and third tiers of the top college righties includes Michigan's Zach Putnam, Ole Miss' Lance Lynn, Cal's Tyson Ross and Virginia's Jacob Thompson. Putnam and Lynn have pretty good stuff and strong, athletic builds, while Thompson and Ross are built tall and lanky that get the majority of their outs by changing speeds and hitting their spots with good but not great stuff.

Keep an eye on:
Chris Carpenter, Kent State
Ross Seaton, Sugar Land, TX
Many felt Carpenter could have snuck into the late first-round a year ago before more and more teams backed off due to past injury concerns. Carpenter has stayed healthy this year and has one of the harder, more consistent fastball among those eligible for the draft, and he's starting to get his breaking pitch over more consistently as well.

Seaton has an equally tall and projectable frame to Carpenter, and his improving fastball velocity and overall command on his three-pitch repertoire has Seaton thinking about the late first or supplemental round.

My pick:
Sonny Gray, Smyrna, TN
Gray's injury concerns don't involve his arm, and while there is some concern about his max effort delivery leading some to believe he'll eventually settle in the bullpen down the road, his fastball-curveball combo is one of the best available. He would make a great pick for one of the team's two sandwich round picks.

Left-handed Pitcher
It wasn't too long ago when it seemed as though the organization was bursting with talented left-handed pitchers. Zach Braddock is one of the team's brightest prospects, but Manny Parra has graduated from prospect status while Jorge de la Rosa never progressed as hoped and was eventually dealt to the Royals. Dana Eveland was traded to the Diamondbacks as part of a package for Johnny Estrada, and both Joe Thatcher and Steve Garrison were shipped to the Padres for Linebrink.

Best of the bunch:
College: Brian Matusz, San Diego
High School: Mike Montgomery, Valencia, CA
Matusz has been tabbed one of the top prospects for the 2008 draft since his impressive freshman debut for the San Diego Toreros. He has a big, workhorse frame with a well-rounded four-pitch arsenal, making him a favorite to go among the top three to five overall picks.

Montgomery is one of the fastest rising players in the nation, and now takes the honors as the top prep lefty with size and stuff similar to Matusz'. He has leap-frogged prep lefties such as Kyle Lobstein (Flagstaff, AZ) and Jarret Martin (Bakersfield, CA), who haven't had the success this spring that they both put on display last summer. Brett DeVall (Niceville, FL) could sneak into the first round, but is more likely to be a sandwich pick or early second rounder. He too is having a big spring, but usually pitches in the 88-91 range without much physical projection left in his frame.

Eastern Kentucky's Christian Friedrich is likely going to be the second lefty off of the board, with a big-time curveball that draws a lot of comparisons to Barry Zito. Tim Murpny (UCLA) and Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) also possess a pretty nice curveball to go along with upper-80s to low-90s heat.

Kentucky also boasts a pair of prep southpaws in Robbie Ross and Nick Maronde. Maronde is a similar pitcher to Josh Smoker, a first-round supplemental pick a year ago given his well-rounded repertoire and desire to succeed, while Ross is a shorter yet extremely athletic player that also stars as a hitter.

Anthony Gose of Bellflower, CA might be the draft class' most exciting player outside of Aaron Hicks, and like Hicks stars as a dual-threat, with his electric left-arm being his most impressive tool.

Keep an eye on:
Evan Fredrickson, San Francisco
Tyler Stovall, Hokes Bluff, AL
Fredrickson follows first-round pick Aaron Pordeda for the Dons this year, and similar to Poreda has a big, athletic body to go along with very good stuff for a left-handed pitcher. He really struggles with control however, walking nearly a batter an inning throughout his career.

Stovall is a curveball specialist that may throw the pitch more than he needs to or even should. He has good enough fastball velocity to establish that pitch more to then work in his offspeed stuff. His feel for three pitches makes him more polished than his college counterpart in Fredrickson.

My pick:
Cole St. Clair, Rice
St. Clair was expected to be a first-round pick in the 2007 draft, but an injury limited his appearances during the spring, and by the time he was healthy scouts had a difficult time getting out to see him to see if he was worthy of an early round pick. He started this season off slow opening the year out of the rotation, and has since moved back to the bullpen where he continues to flourish. St. Clair has a deep enough repertoire and workhorse build to succeed as a starter, and could reward any team that takes him if they're patient enough to let him develop despite being a fairly polished college pitcher.

I added this category a year ago given how many teams are targeting short relievers in the early rounds, with the Rockies taking Casey Weathers one pick after the Brewers selected Matt LaPorta a year ago. With so many extra, early picks, the Brewers may be looking to use one of them to take such a pitcher, especially given the instability of their current bullpen and no real future closer to point to.

Best of the bunch:
Joshua Fields, Georgia
Fields and TCU's Andrew Cashner really could share the honors here, but I'm picking Fields since he's been doing it longer. Fields, a college senior, like Cole St. Clair was expected to be a first-round pick a year ago. A disappointing junior year caused him to slip to the second round, where he turned down big money from the Atlanta Braves to return to Georgia to improve his draft stock. And that's exactly what he has done, as the mid-90s velocity has returned on his heater as had the wicked life on his breaking pitch. His delivery is somewhat max-effort, which draws some concerns, and he has the tendency to be a little wild, but he could be getting out big-league hitters right now with his stuff.

The same could be said about Cashner, who throws in the mid-to-upper 90s with ease. He has flourished in a short relief role at TCU since transferring from Angelina junior college where he was used as a starter prior to the 2008 season.

It seems each and every year more and more college closers emerge as potential early round picks. Kyle Weiland (Notre Dame), Josh Lindblom (Purdue), Carlos Gutierrez (Miami), Bryan Price (Rice), Ryan Perry (Arizona) Long Beach State's Bryan Shaw and Texas A&M's Zach Stewart all have impressive, power stuff and are likely to be taken in the top two to three rounds.

Michigan's Zach Putnam and Ole Miss' Cody Satterwhite might eventually move to the bullpen where their repertoires might be a better fit.

Keep an eye on:
Scott Bittle, Mississippi
Bittle may not have the same power arm that the player's listed above do, but he may have the single greatest signature pitch of any draft-eligible player in his cutter. He maxes out in the 88-91 range, but his fastball has so much run and his slider dives into the dirt so violently that he is extremely difficult to hit.

My pick:
Aaron Weatherford, Mississippi State
I have been hyping up Weatherford ever since I learned that his velocity was sitting in the 95-97 range all last fall. He's a shorter yet athletic pitcher similar to Joshua Fields, and is posting equally impressive numbers in the tough SEC conference.

Likely Candidates
The most likely candidates to go to the Brewers first-round pick, or even beyond, can be broken down into a few categories.

Should the team look to address a college closer early, Joshua Fields and Andrew Cashner could both be had at #16.

If the team wants to add a more polished, left-handed hitter to either third base or catcher, Conor Gillaspie or Jason Castro would be ideal fits.

Taking a prep pitcher is always a risky proposition, and not something most Brewers fans are willing to swallow given the troubles of pitchers such as Mike Jones, Mark Rogers and even Jeremy Jeffress' off-field issues. Sonny Gray's injury this spring wasn't related to his arm, while Daniel Webb and Jake Odorizzi could fit at #16. Gerrit Cole and Bubba Meyer might as well, but I honestly don't see the Brewers getting involved with a player that is going to be considered a difficult one to sign.

Probably the one area that offers the greatest area of strength at where the Brewers draft are toolsy high school multi-dimensional athletes. Aaron Hicks, Anthony Gose, Casey Kelly, Zach Collier and Anthony Hewitt all apply. Hewitt is starting to get more and more attention as arguably the draft's most athletic players, while Collier might be the most talented hitter from high school. Casey has a promising football career ahead of him at Tennessee as a quarterback should he choose to go that route, but has made it be known that he would be more wiling to sign should the team that does so takes him as an everyday player over a pitcher. Hicks and Gose are drawing more and more interest as pitchers, but has the tools to be electrifying centerfielders should they be developed that way.

The Brewers have a history of taking players earlier than where many people believe those players should be taken, as they astutely took Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Matt LaPorta at the spots they did. With that, don't be surprised to see them take a player on the rise such as junior college infielder Tyler Ladendorf, Canadian prep infielder/catcher Brett Lawrie or prep pitcher Ross Seaton.

On the flip side, keep your eyes on a pair of powerful college arms that could fall due to injuries this spring: Fresno State's Tanner Scheppers and Pepperdine's Brett Hunter. Neither would have fallen to the Brewers pick at #16 if they had been healthy all spring, and given the number of extra picks they have they may choose to take such a risk.

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