Brewers Draft Report Card
Analyzing Milwaukee's 2008 draft class
Scouting director Jack Zduriencik had extra picks for the first time and balanced high-risk picks such as Frederickson with solid choices such as LHP Josh Romanski (5). A solid class could become outstanding if Brett Lawrie becomes an offensive force at catcher.
Best Pure Hitter:
C/IF Brett Lawrie (1), the best Canadian hitting prospect in a decade, has tremendous bat speed and a feel for hitting combined with extreme confidence. He'll need polish but most scouts believe he'll hit for average. >> Best Power Hitter:
Scouts have graded Lawrie with well-above-average power, and his home run display on a spring tour of the Dominican Republic with Canada's junior national team—including five home runs in a doubleheader—has become legend among scouts who saw it. >> Fastest Runner:
OF Cutter Dykstra grades as a 7 runner on the 2-8 scale and has aggressiveness on the bases to go with his speed. >> Best Defensive Player:
OF Logan Schafer (8) has premium athletic ability and defensive ability in center field, with shades of Steve Finley.
LHP Evan Frederickson (1s) sat at 91-93 mph this spring, then reached 97-98 in a predraft workout. He had a dead arm after signing, though. RHP Trey Watten (7) has shown mid-90s heat at times and has projection at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds; he also could improve as he gives up hitting, as he played third base at NAIA Abeline (Texas) Christian. >> Best Secondary Pitch:
RHP Seth Lintz (2) has a quick arm and power breaking ball, while Watten has flashed a plus slider.
ODDS AND ENDS
Best Pro Debut:
OF Erik Komatsu (8) ranked among Rookie-level Pioneer League leaders in several offensive categories while batting .321/.394/.538 with 11 home runs. After reporting late due to North Carolina's College World Series run, RHP Rob Wooten (13) posted a 38-5 strikeout-walk ratio and didn't allow a home run while spending most of his time at low Class A West Virginia. >> Best Athlete:
The Brewers got plenty of athleticism, with Dykstra and Lawrie edging RHP Jake Odorizzi (1s), a prep wide receiver with a tick above-average stuff across the board. Dykstra posted the best SPARQ score during the 2007 Area Code Games. >> Most Intriguing Background:
Dykstra's father Lenny had a 12-year career with the Mets and Phillies, leading both to pennants. Lawrie made the Canadian Olympic baseball team, while his sister Danielle pitched for Canada's Olympic softball team. >> Closest To The Majors:
Schafer and Wooten have a leg up as collegians, but if Lawrie takes to defense behind the plate, he'll rocket to the majors. >> Best Late-Round Pick:
SS Carlos George (46) has a live body and good infield actions, as well as speed and a plus arm. His bat is a bit raw, but his glove will buy him time. >> The One Who Got Away:
RHP Kyle Winkler (37) has elicited comparisons to Brad Lincoln, the No. 4 overall pick in 2006, for his short but strong body and four-pitch mix that includes a fastball that reaches 94 mph. He opted to attend Texas Christian.