The Milwaukee Brewers have made their 6th round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, and he is Drew Rasmussen of Oregon State. The 22 year old right-hander is a draft eligible sophomore who has undergone Tommy John surgery twice already before hitting the professional ranks. He was actually drafted 31st overall by the Rays in 2017 but didn’t sign after concerns cropped up during his post-draft physical. Rasmussen didn’t pitch at all during the 2018 season after going under the knife for the second time.
Rasmussen’s pre-injury profile was enough to get him ranked #200 overall in MLB Pipeline’s top-200 draft prospects. The last time he was healthy, his plus fastball sat in the 92-96 MPH range. His slider receives and average grade while his curveball is a more fringey offering. He gets good extension on his delivery and has solid command. His 6’2”, 225 lb frame fits that typical old school starter’s mold, but given his surgical history the Pipeline scouts view his future as in the bullpen and suggest his stuff would play up in such a role.