With their 6th round selection at pick #193 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers have selected left-handed pitcher Nick Bennett out of Louisville. He’s the third left-handed pitcher that Tod Johnson and company have selected so far, suggesting that adding southpaws to the system may have been a priority in the Cream City this June.
Bennett spent three years at Louisville and produced a 3.58 ERA across 201.0 innings with 197 strikeouts against 66 walks and a 1.21 WHIP. Those stats are skewed toward the negative by a poor 2019 season, however, as he’s coming off a junior season in which he coughed up a 4.86 ERA in 63.0 innings with 64 strikeouts, 26 walks, and eight home runs given up.
Bennett missed some time with a forearm strain and his stuff didn’t look the same upon his return, causing his draft stock to plummet leading up to June. According to Baseball America, though, Bennett is praised for his fearlessness on the mound and is described as such:
“When he’s at his best, Bennett can attack hitters with a 90-92 mph fastball and above-average control. He mixes in a big, slow, above-average curveball that has the ability to lock up hitters. The command and consistency of his curveball helps the pitch play up because he can throw it for a strike in any count. He also has an average changeup.”
Statistics courtesy of The Baseball Cube