Today is the first day of the First Year Player Draft. Also known as the MLB Draft. Also known as the Rule 4 Draft. Probably soon to be known as the Domestic Draft. If you have it, you can watch the coverage on MLB Network. If you don't have the channel, you can watch a live stream on MLB.com. The draft proper starts at 6:00 pm and the Brewers are expected to pick at 7:22 pm CST.
Today will cover the first two round through pick 70. The Brewers will have the 15th, 40th, and 55th overall picks. The 40th pick comes via the Competitive Draft Lottery which was held last July. It is the 4th pick out of 6 in that round.
There have been few solid rumors surrounding the Brewers top selection. They're usually quite tight lipped in most respects. A lot of mock drafts have them taking college pitching with their top selection though so that's probably a good guess. Guys like Walker Buehler, Kyle Funkhouser, and Jon Harris have been mentioned on more than a few occasions.
We here at Brew Crew Ball voted for Brady Aiken. I joined the rest of you in doing so. His upside is intoxicating but let's not forget the mystery surrounding his arm injury. Kiley McDaniel did a great job summing up that whole mess so you should just read that here.
Basically, so much is still unknown about his elbow injury/surgery that it might not make a ton of sense to take him as high as 15. Even if he still has more upside (No. 1/2 starter), he has so much more risk that a safer mid-rotation upside pitcher might be a better pick.
This is Ray Montgomery's first draft as the scouting director for the Brewers but he was at the helm of a few draft with the Diamondbacks. He was notable for taking the best player available and did draft some impact arms for Arizona. So I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Of course there are some that think the Brewers might take a bat with their top selection. Keith Law, for example, has them taking outfielder Garrett Whitley with his final mock draft. The only thing anyone can truly say with any sincerity is that no one really knows what to expect from this draft.
Here are some links to the latest mock drafts if you want to catch up on things:
Here are some links to the most recent ranking of top draft prospects:
The Brewers at Pirates game starts the same time as the draft but there is expected to be heavy rains in the area so it's possible the game is delayed or even postponed (entirely speculation on my part). If that happens at least there will still be the draft to entertain us. Enjoy everyone!