Milwaukee Brewers

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 12 Taylor Jungmann RHP Texas Texas $2,525,000
As a freshman in 2009, Jungmann won 11 games and pitched a complete-game five-hitter against Louisiana State in the College World Series finals. As a sophomore, he was the ace of a Texas staff that led NCAA Division I with a 2.45 ERA. Jungmann has taken another step this spring, leading all D-I pitchers with 12 victories and three shutouts and ranking second with a 0.95 ERA at the end of the regular season. He pitches at 91-93 mph and tops out at 95 with his fastball, and he has done a better job of using his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame to command his heater down in the strike zone. He has improved the sharpness and command of his slider as well. His changeup is average at times but more of a work in progress, though he can get lefthanders out with the sink and life on his fastball. Jungmann excels under pressure--he's 6-0 in NCAA tournament play--and has demonstrated the ability to win without his best stuff. He has some effort and a short stride in his delivery, but he has cleaned it up since high school and it doesn't impede his ability to throw strikes.
1 15 Jed Bradley LHP Georgia Tech Ga. $2,000,000
Bradley was not drafted out of high school in Huntsville, Ala., but has pitched in the Yellow Jackets weekend rotation for the better part of the last three seasons as he has filled out his 6-foot-4 frame, going from 180-190 pounds when he came to school to a sturdy 224. A rotation stalwart his last two seasons, Bradley was at his best last summer, when he ranked as the Cape Cod League's No. 4 prospect while tying for the league lead in strikeouts. While he's not generally thought of as overpowering, Bradley knows how to miss bats. Scouts love his pitcher's frame, and he has a clean, loose arm. Bradley's fastball sits anywhere from 88-94 mph. In better starts, he's at the higher end of that range, touching 95. His low 80s slider gives him a second plus pitch, and his changeup sits around 80 mph with fade. He earns high marks for his confidence and work ethic. Bradley's performance (6-3, 3.71) has slipped as the draft has neared. Scouts have noticed Bradley's stuff has not been as sharp out of the stretch this spring, and his changeup has lacked consistency, but he's still expected to be drafted among the first 15 picks.
2 70 Jorge Lopez RHP Academia de Milagrosa, Cayey, P.R. P.R. $690,000
Lopez is the best prospect in Puerto Rico and could be the island's highest-drafted pitcher ever. (The current record-holder is Luis Atilano, 35th overall in 2003.) A volleyball player and track participant in the past, Lopez is a fine athlete who has plenty of projection remaining in his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. He's lanky, long and loose, with a fastball that sits 89-91 mph and touches 93 regularly. Lopez also stands out for having one of the best breaking balls scouts can recall for a Puerto Rican pitcher. He has flashed an above-average curve, which doesn't have true 12-to-6 rotation but isn't far off. At times it's short and tight, and he has a feel for it that belies his age and inexperience. Lopez's athletic ability has scouts optimistic about his ability to pick up larger improvements such as a changeup as well as nuances like fielding his position. He'll have to get stronger to make good on the projections scouts have for him.
3 100 Drew Gagnon RHP Long Beach State Calif. $340,000
Though he has yet to post a winning season in college, Gagnon has improved each year at Long Beach, lowering his ERA from 6.28 to 3.28 to 2.80. He showed good feel for pitching in the Cape Cod League last summer, leading the circuit with five wins, and he carried that momentum into his junior year. Gagnon has a prototypical 6-foot-4, 195-pound frame and an easy arm action, but his delivery can get a bit too mechanical at times, and scouts would like to see him loosen up and just throw. He pitches heavily off a lively 90-93 mph fastball that has peaked at 94 this spring, and he pounds both sides of the strike zone with it. Gagnon has worked to improve his feel for his breaking stuff, as he throws both a slider and a curveball, and for much of his career they tended to blend into each other. At his best, he shows a 79-82 hammer curveball and an 82-85 slider, each with distinct shapes. His 82-85 changeup is also an average pitch. Gagnon is still learning to put hitters away with his secondary stuff (he has 183 strikeouts in 245 career innings) and still learning to win, but he has the ingredients to be a workhorse mid- to late-rotation starter in the big leagues.
4 131 Nick Ramirez 1B Cal State Fullerton Calif. $213,300
Multiple scouts used the phrase "a really tough one" when evaluating Ramirez this spring. He's had a tremendous college career, starring for three seasons as the primary power threat in the heart of Cal State Fullerton's order as well as the team's closer. Some scouts prefer him as a pitcher. He has good feel for a solid four-pitch mix, including an 86-90 fastball, a plus changeup, a solid slider and curveball. But Ramirez wants to be a hitter, and the majority of scouts prefer him as a first baseman. After his monstrous sophomore season, Ramirez struggled to adjust to wood bats last summer with Team USA, causing some scouts to wonder if his lefthanded swing is more tailored to metal bats. He has undeniable strength in his bulky 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame, leading to above-average raw power but average game power. He does not have elite bat speed, and he sometimes exhibits an arm bar in his swing, making him vulnerable on the inner half. He uses his hands well and excels at lacing hard line drives into the left-center gap, and he has a chance to be an average hitter. Most of his home run power is to center-right, and he's gotten better at turning on balls. He's an average defender at first base, with soft hands but limited range. Ramirez could be drafted anywhere from the fourth to the 10th round.
5 161 Michael Reed OF Leander (Texas) HS Texas $500,000
Reed has created mixed opinions among Texas area scouts this spring. Those who buy into his strong 6-foot, 210-pound body and tools think he could fit in the second or third rounds, while others who worry about his lack of polish see him as more of a sixth- to 10th-rounder. His proponents think he profiles nicely as a right fielder who swings the bat with authority from the right side of the plate and backs up his raw power with plus speed and arm strength. Others think he has a mature, maxed-out frame and does everything with a lot of effort, and that he's a fringe to average runner. Reed also pitches, reaching 90 mph with his fastball, and he'll see action as a two-way player if he attends Mississippi. It may take second-round money to sign him away from Ole Miss, for whom his father Benton played football en route to a brief NFL career.
6 191 Danny Keller RHP Newbury Park HS, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Calif. $150,000
Projectable 6-foot-6, 185-pound righthander Danny Keller was one of the stars of November's Jesse Flores Memorial All-Star Game, showing a 91-92 mph two-seam fastball and a sharp three-quarters curve. The breaking ball had less power at February's MLB Urban Youth Invitational, and his feel for pitching did not impress scouts as the spring progressed. He struggled to throw strikes, thanks in part to an unrefined delivery that includes some head violence. He has arm strength--he topped out at 93 this spring--and upside, and a club could take a shot at him as high as the fifth- to seventh-round range, though he seems to fit better a few rounds later than that. He is committed to Cal State Northridge.
7 221 David Goforth RHP Mississippi Miss. $100,000
Goforth showed mid-90s velocity and thrived in a set-up role as a freshman in 2009, striking out 36 in 35 innings. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last season and imploded when he moved into a part-time starting role, with an 8.41 ERA. He couldn't throw his secondary pitches for strikes, but remedied that in 2011 when he added a cut fastball. Goforth's four-seamer still has plenty of giddy-up, at times reaching 97 mph even when he starts. He can throw strikes with the cutter, which sits 88-92 mph and gives him a power pitch with life. His four-seam fastball tends to flatten out. He still throws a curveball and changeup on occasion, but his approach is mostly to overpower hitters. He's thrown a lot more strikes this year thanks in large part to the cutter, and should be able to pitch mostly off his fastball and cutter as a pro reliever. A 31st-round pick a year ago, Goforth should go out in the fifth-round range this season.
8 251 Dustin Houle C Brookswood SS, Langley, B.C. British Columbia $150,000
Canada's best position prospect is third baseman Dustin Houle, who has an average body at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He has a compact, line-drive swing from the right side of the plate and has shown he can catch up to quality velocity. He sometimes has a little bit of a bat wrap, and scouts question whether he'll be able to hit enough to stay at the hot corner. Some would like to convert Houle to catcher because of his soft hands, strong arm and dirtbag mentality. Houle is also one of the youngest players in this year's high school class, as he won't turn 18 until November.
9 281 Malcolm Dowell OF La Grange (Ga.) HS Ga. $100,000
Malcolm Dowell was a football and baseball star at LaGrange (Ga.) High and spurned Division I FCS offers to play football from the likes of Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State, who liked him as a defensive back. He's a speedy center fielder in baseball whose profile as a righthanded-hitting (and throwing) center fielder scared off some clubs. His best attributes are his plus speed and athleticism.
10 311 Mike Strong LHP Oklahoma State Okla. $25,000
Lefthander Mike Strong has been Oklahoma State's best starter in each of his two seasons since transferring from Iowa Western CC. Though he's just 6 feet and 187 pounds, he has a quick arm that produces an 88-92 mph fastball and a hard curveball. He throws strikes and has a chance to start in pro ball, though he profiles better as a reliever. He was selected in the last two drafts, by the White Sox in the 25th round in 2009 and by the Athletics in the 22nd round last year.
11 341 Tommy Toledo RHP Florida Fla.
Toledo was a third-round pick in 2007, was in the rotation in 2008 and missed the 2009 season with Tommy John surgery. He came back last year in a sporadic role and has pitched mostly in relief this season, reaching 94-95 mph.
12 371 Andrew Cain OF UNC Wilmington N.C.
Andrew Cain passes the eye test at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds and puts on a show in batting practice. The power has translated to games--10 home runs and 15 doubles in 215 at-bats--but he has a slow bat and struggles with offspeed stuff.
13 401 Mallex Smith OF Rickards HS, Tallahassee, Fla. Fla.
14 431 Jacob Barnes RHP Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
15 461 Andy Moye RHP Georgia Southern Ga.
16 491 Carlos Rodon LHP Holly Springs (N.C.) HS N.C.
An important part of a quality North Carolina State recruiting class, Rodon may not make it to campus because he's left-handed and athletic. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds with room to fill out, Rodon has been inconsistent this spring but gives scouts a lot to like. When he's on, he features an 88-92 mph fastball, a curveball and slider with solid command. The slider is arguably his best secondary pitch, and both pitches are sharp and show plus potential. On off nights, Rodon has dipped into the mid-80s and struggled with command. While that may scare some teams off, others see a raw pitcher who will benefit from advanced coaching. Consistency with his mechanics, tempo and arm slot could help him blossom. Because of the raw material, Rodon could see himself gone before the fourth round concludes.
17 521 Mario Amaral C Reagan HS, Hialeah, Fla. Fla.
Beyond the top group of Florida catchers, some evaluators preferred Mario Amaral who has a strong frame and more arm strength than Aramis Garcia. Like Garcia, Amaral opened eyes with his raw power potential and he performed well this spring. He has signed with Florida State.
18 551 Chris McFarland SS Lufkin (Texas) HS Texas $315,000
It's usually difficult to lure Rice recruits away from college, and it's unlikely a team will buy McFarland away from the Owls after a lackluster spring. He's a 6-foot-1, 195-pound righthanded hitter with solid tools across the board. He makes contact and projects to have gap power, and he's an average runner with a fringy arm who'll have to move from shortstop to second or third base.
19 581 Renaldo Jenkins SS Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga. $125,000
20 611 Brandon Williamson RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
21 641 Michael Nemeth 1B Connecticut Conn.
Outside of UConn's big three draft prospects, Mike Nemeth figures to be the first Husky selected, thanks to his consistent track record with the bat. Nemeth set UConn's all-time hits record as a junior, and he continued padding his total this year, upping the number to 309 career hits through 55 games this year. At 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, Nemeth has gap power and is a below-average runner. He's solid in the field and was named the Big East's top defensive first baseman before the season. He has drawn comparisons to Casey Kotchman, and he'll likely get taken in the 15-20 rounds range.
22 671 Dennis Jones OF Davis HS, Montgomery, Ala. Ala.
23 701 Ben McMahan C Florida Fla.
Catcher Ben McMahan has catch-and-throw skills and a pro body but has been buried behind sophomore Mike Zunino, the Southeastern Conference player of the year.
24 731 Michael Palazzone RHP Georgia Ga.
Georgia used a strong finish to the season to made it back to NCAA regional play after an up-and-down regular season. One key for the Bulldogs' improvement over a 16-win season last year was its starting pitching, keyed by righthander Michael Palazzone. He was an unsigned 18th-round pick in 2008 by the Braves--one round after Tech ace Mark Pope--but headed to school. He was a draft-eligible sophomore last year but lasted until the 32nd round thanks to a straight, low-90s fastball that got pounded to the tune of 4-6, 8.66. He was a rock in 2011, though, going 10-5, 3.14 after a loss in regional play. He pitched somewhat like Pope this year, commanding a fringy fastball at 87-89 mph, touching 91 and showing more life than he did in the past. He's done a much better job throwing his slurvy breaking ball and changeup for strikes, and his pitch patterns have improved significantly. He's expected to be drafted in the first 12 rounds.
25 761 Parker Berberet C Oregon State Ore.
26 791 Josh Smith LHP Wichita State Kan.
27 821 Chad Thompson RHP Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif.
Orange Coast CC righthander Chad Thompson was a Top 200 prospect and a 17th-round pick out of high school in 2009. He missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and his velocity has been up and down this spring. Early in games, Thompson has flashed 90-93 mph heat and even topped out at 95, though even then he tended to get hit around. Other times he pitches at 84-87 or 87-90 mph. He clearly has arm strength and a huge 6-foot-8, 210-pound frame, but his delivery and arm action aren't pretty and he struggles with his control and command. He also throws a slow curveball and a slider that both rate as well below-average.
28 851 BreShon Kimbrell C Mesquite (Texas) HS Texas
Kimbell has a big league body at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, and though he only has been catching for a year, he has a little more arm strength and is a little more advanced than Lockwood. That said, Kimbell still has a lot of work to do behind the plate. A righthanded hitter with intriguing power potential, he has committed to Louisiana Tech.
29 881 David Lucroy RHP Umatila (Fla.) HS Fla.
30 911 Trent Boras 3B JSerra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Calif.
31 941 Sean Albury RHP Nova Southeastern (Fla.) Fla.
Sean Albury, a smallish righthander originally from the Bahamas, has a fastball that ranges from 90-93 mph, and that should get him drafted.
32 971 Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Md.
33 1001 Steven Okert LHP Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
34 1031 Adam Weisenburger C Miami (Ohio) Ohio
35 1061 Doug Elliot C Connecticut Conn.
Scouts have been impressed with the way senior Doug Elliott has handled UConn's pitching staff, which brought him into draft consideration. Elliott stepped into the starting job after incumbent catcher Joe Pavone tore his ACL in the preseason, and he was hitting .320/.371/.389 through 54 games. Elliott is a contact hitter with good receiving skills and an average arm.
36 1091 Mitchell Conner RHP Elon N.C.
Mitch Conner has a plus fastball and will flash a good breaking ball, but he has a hard time maintaining velocity so he is best suited for a couple of innings out of the bullpen. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds.
37 1121 Casey Medlen RHP North Florida Fla.
38 1151 Chad Pierce RHP Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis.
39 1181 Elliott Glynn LHP Connecticut Conn.
Lefty Elliott Glynn has been in UConn's weekend rotation since his freshman year, and he spent his first two seasons as a two-way player before concentrating on pitching full-time. He was drafted in the 46th round out of high school in Long Beach in 2007, and in the 49th round last year. He doesn't show as much velocity as Nappo, sitting at 86-88 mph with good sink, and he throws two breaking balls. Glynn has a 6-foot-1, 175-pound build and relies on his feel for pitching.
40 1211 Keaton Aldridge C Glenwood School, Smiths Station, Ala. Ala.
41 1241 Jalen Harris 3B Lambrick Park SS, Victoria, B.C. British Columbia
42 1271 Caleb Whalen SS Union HS, Camas, Wash. Wash.
43 1301 Clint Wilson RHP Navarro (Texas) JC Texas
44 1331 Steve Adam OF Ecole Secondaire L'Essor, Tecumseh, Ont. Ontario
45 1361 Adrian Williams SS UCLA Calif.
46 1391 Ahmad Christian SS Trinity Christian Academy, Deltona, Fla. Fla.
47 1421 Jecid Tarazona OF North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla. Fla.
48 1451 Mike Francisco LHP Villanova Pa.
Lefthander Mike Francisco serves as Villanova's closer and was drafted by the Phillies in the 45th round last year. He is a big-bodied guy at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. He has some arm strength, ranging from 88-92 mph with his fastball, and has a decent curveball, but lacks command with both pitches. He also works with a changeup that has sinking action.
49 1481 Gant Elmore 2B Yale Conn.
50 1511 Matt Franco OF St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Fla.