The Milwaukee Brewers added two players to their farm system on the first day of undrafted free agency.
Normally, undrafted free agents can be signed immediately after the draft. Because of the March agreement between the MLB and MLBPA, the rules changed. In 2020, undrafted free agents could be signed for a maximum bonus of $20,000 after a two-day quiet period once the draft ended.
On day one, Milwaukee added a second baseman and relief pitcher. The second baseman is Drew Smith from Grand Canyon University. Smith ranked at 308 on Baseball America’s top 500. He’s a solid hitter who can be an above-average fielder at second base. There’s not really much power in his bat. BA predicted that he would go in one of the first ten rounds in a traditional draft. He played with Northeast Community College in 2019, where he was named the NJCAA Division II player of the year after hitting .465 with a 1.435 OPS and 18 homers.
The Crew also added TJ Shook, a relief pitcher out of the University of South Carolina. Shook checks in at 6’3” and 226 lbs. He posted a 2.08 ERA in 8.2 IP this season, striking out 16 and walking just two. Batters posted a minuscule .107 average against him. He did pitch in nine starts last season, but appeared in 74 total innings, striking out 92 with a 3.04 ERA.
You can continue to follow all of the Brewers’ UDFA signings on our draft and signing tracker.
Statistics courtesy d1baseball.com