With the annual amateur draft now come and gone, MLB Pipeline has updated their top prospects lists to reflect the new influx of talent into affiliated baseball. For the Milwaukee Brewers, this means that they finally have a prospect gracing the Pipeline top-100 ranking, with first round draftee Garrett Mitchell slotting in at #69 overall. Of the 20th overall selection, the Pipeline scouts write:
Mitchell has made real strides with his left-handed swing, one of the concerns when he was coming out of high school. He hit consistently for the first time in 2019 and he was doing it again during his junior season. He showed plus power in BP and his ability to transfer that to games helped him to become one of the top prospects in the country. Big and strong, Mitchell is an easily plus runner who can steal bases and cover a ton of ground in center field, a premium position he’ll be able to play long term with the chance to develop into at least an above-average defender in time.
Three names of three other recent draftees can now be found on the Brewers top-30 organizational prospects lists, though all of them slot in after the top-10. Freddy Zamora comes in at #12, the second-rounder who is listed as a shortstop. “At his best, Zamora has the skillset to be an everyday player at a premium position,” Pipeline suggests.
Zavier Warren, the team’s third-rounder, makes the list at #22. “A switch-hitter with a sound, quick stroke from both sides, Warren makes repeated line-drive contact,” the report on him says. Warren played all over the field in college but has a high school background in catching, and the Brewers are going to give him the opportunity to try and stick behind the dish.
Fifth-rounder Hayden Cantrelle is the final new addition to the list, ranking at #25. “Cantrelle has the potential to bat near the top of a batting order. A switch-hitter who impacts the ball with more authority from the left side,” is some of what the scouts have to say. Cantrelle should have the arm to stick at shortstop but may be a stronger defender at second base, and he could potentially become a useful utilityman down the road. Cantrelle is currently playing for the Nerds Herd in the independent City of Champions Cup, batting .324/.439/.412 through 41 plate appearances.
Joey Wiemer, the high-upside fourth-round pick with big raw power, did not make the cut for the top-30, but remains an enticing player nonetheless.
You can see the whole top-30 prospect list or the updated top-100 at MLB Pipeline, and you can compare the new-look rankings to the ones released back in March by checking out Brad’s post from that time.