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Milwaukee Brewers select Thomas Dillard in fifth round of MLB Draft

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Will he catch or play outfield?

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The Brewers drafted another catcher (kind of), Thomas Dillard, in the fifth round. However Dillard actually played more in the outfield during his collegiate career making it difficult to determine where he fits. Will the Brewers try to develop him as a catcher? An outfielder? Maybe a first baseman?

Dillard is also the second selection in this draft out of the state of Mississippi. The 6’0” 230 pound catcher played his college ball at Ole Miss.

#114 MLB Pipeline | #104 Baseball America

MLB Pipeline Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 40 | Overall: 45

According to MLB Pipeline scouts aren’t sure where he fits best, but he’s a switch-hitter who has hit for power in the SEC and draws some “poor man’s Kyle Schwarber” comparisons. Dillard has very good raw power and bat speed. According to Baseball America, he short and direct to the ball. He was Ole Miss’ best hitter as a sophomore, leading the team with 13 home runs, which he replicated as a junior. He improved his plate discipline and bat-to-ball skills throughout his collegiate career.

Dillard played mostly left field at Mississippi. He is limited defensively in the outfield. He was a catcher in high school and has seen brief action behind the plate for the Rebels, though the consensus is that he doesn’t receive well enough to do so in pro ball.

Scouting data courtesy of MLB Pipeline and Baseball America