With their 10th round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers have selected JT Hintzen out of Florida Southern. Hintzen worked as sort of a swingman/long-reliever in college, but the 22 year old will begin his career by developing as a starter in the Brewers’ organization.
Hintzen put himself on the map with a stellar performance in the 2017 Cape Cod League, which is considered a hot-bed of collegiate prospects trying to show that they are ready for the professional ranks. He tossed 23.0 innings over 16 appearances and logged a 1.95 ERA with a 23:2 K/BB for the Orleans Firebirds. He extended that success to his senior year at Florida Southern, where he worked 96.2 innings across 32 appearances (2 starts). He recorded 14 winning decisions and two saves, and logged a sterling 1.96 ERA along with a 114:13 K/BB ratio. He throws a fastball in excess of 90 MPH as well as a nifty breaking ball, and has obviously shown a knack for missing bats.