One more day! The 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft is tomorrow night. While we anxiously await Milwaukee’s choice, we’ve been previewing the players who could be picked by the Crew with the 28th selection.
To calm your excitement, let’s take a look at who the experts have adding the Brewers farm system.
MLB Pipeline and CBS Sports: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell
We covered Johnson in our College Pitchers draft preview article. He started as a shortstop before transitioning to the mound in college. Since, his natural pitching ability has brought him a lot of attention, especially the easy fastball. Johnson’s a project, he’s allowed a 4.72 ERA in 61 IP, but lots of teams think the talent justifies the work that’s needed.
Baseball America: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri
Misner is a lefty-bat who can play all three outfield positions, though works best as a corner outfielder. With a good bat, projectable power and plus speed, Misner can be a big threat in any offense. Some scouts worry about his performance against the SEC.
The Athletic: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake High School
Cavaco has gotten a lot of attention over the last six months due to some tremendous tools. He has an exceptional speed/power combination and poses a fantastic arm. The big concern with Cavaco is his swing-and-miss tendencies. But team dream of a future corner infield who can drive in a ton of runs.
FanGraphs: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy
Malone is an advanced high school pitcher with a four-pitch mix that could be very dominant once he polishes his mechanics. The fastball already sits in the mid to high 90s and his slider and curveball are plus pitches when he’s on his game. He needs help finding a consistent delivery, but when it’s one, it’s easy and repeatable.
ESPN, Bleacher Report and The Big Lead: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis High School
Based on the reports coming in, it seems highly unlikely that a high school bat like Baty would fall to Milwaukee. Scouts give him 70 raw power with a plus hit tool, and there’s a strong belief that he can stick at third base. At 19, he’s an old high schooler for the draft, but one that has the track record to excite any team that thinks he can stay at the hot corner.