With their final five picks of day two of the MLB draft, the Milwaukee Brewers continued to focus heavily on pitching as they took three right-handed pitchers, one lefty, and one third baseman.
Round 6, 181 overall: Eric Hanhold, RHP, Florida
Hanhold is probably more likely to be a reliever in his professional career, having served in that role for most of his collegiate tenure as well. He's a big pitcher at 6'5" and 205 lbs. His fastball sits in the lower 90s typicall and he'll also work in a changeup and slider. According to Jim Callis:
The final player selected (1,238th overall) in the 2012 Draft, he's a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder who shows a 90-94 mph and signs of an above-average slider when he's at his best. But Hanhold is inconsistent with his secondary pitches, gives up more contact than he should and draws negative reviews for his mound presence.
Though that doesn't sound great, it should be noted that most reports have him as exceptionally talented if he can 'put it together' so to speak. That fits in with a lot of what the Brewers have been doing in the draft recently, taking extremely talented but high-risk players. Hanhold has never put up truly strong numbers in college but with some professional coaching could be a diamond in the rough.
Round 7, 211 overall, George Iskenderian, 3B, Miami
The first thing I thought of after this pick was the last time the Brewers took a third baseman from Miami, back in 2005, things worked out pretty well. Ryan Braun wouldn't stay at third base, but he would go on to become an MVP player.
That's maybe a little optimistic for someone drafted 206 spots lower than Braun, but Iskenderian has hit very well in college, but hasn't stayed in one place long. He played his freshman year at South Carolina before moving to Indian River State College the next year, then Miami his junior campaign. In 64 games for Miami, he's batted for a .367/.462/.479 batting line with three homers and 23 stolen bases.
Iskenderian hasn't flashed a ton of power, but the potential seems to be there for him to develop a bit. He's also played all around the infield (mostly in the middle), though third base seems to be where he fits best as a professional.
Round 8, 241 overall, Nate Griep, RHP, Kansas State
A red-shirt sophomore, Griep was named second-team All Big-12 after posting a 2.63 ERA in 13 starts while holding opponents to a .218 average. Over 78.2 innings, he had 64 strikeouts to 33 walks. He also had nine wild pitches, so control seems to be a bit of an issue for him. As a freshman he had a 4.66 ERA over 63.2 innings with 32 strikeouts and 25 walks.
Of note, Griep was coming off Tommy John surgery he had after high school (the reason he red-shirted his first year). He touches the mid-90s with his fastball and reports are that he has a potential plus-curve that breaks 10 to 5. His delivery makes some believe he's destined for the bullpen, but he'll likely get a shot to start first.
Round 9, 271 overall, Karsen Lindell, RHP, West Linn HS (OR)
Lindell is committed to the University of Washington, though it seems like the Brewers believe they'll be able to get him signed. Standing at 6'3" and 190 lbs, Lindell tops out around 93 MPH with his fastball right now, with room to improve as he develops. He throws what seems to be more of a slurve type pitch in the high-70s as well as a changeup in the low 80s.
It seems like he has a good feel for pitching and a smooth delivery for a prep pitcher.
Round 10, 301 overall, Jake Drossner, LHP, Maryland
Drossner had a fantastic sophomore season in 2014, posting a 2.45 ERA with 59 srtikeouts and 23 walks over 62.1 innings. However, he took a big step backward in 2015 as his command dropped off a cliff. In 32 innings as a junior he maintained a strong strikeout rate (27 Ks) but walked a whopping 26 batters.
That said, he held opponents to just a .174 batting average this year. From that, one could assume the 6'3" southpaw has electric stuff -- it's just a matter of being able to consistently locate it. That's easier said than done, of course. He throws a fastball in the low 90s with a changeup and curve that both could be above-average pitches.
If the Brewers can help Drossner be more efficient and locate his pitches better, he has starting potential. If not, he could be a strong bullpen arm.
Rounds 11-40 of the MLB draft commence at 11:00 am CT Wednesday.