Brewers Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Arnett (the No. 26 pick) and Heckathorn (No. 47) both lasted longer in the draft than expected, a boon for the pitching-needy Brewers. Milwaukee also stocked up on position players, as Davis and Walla have potentially dangerous bats.
OF Kentrail Davis (1s) had a disappointing spring, but he got back on track in instructional league. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
Davis and OFs Max Walla (2), D'Vontrey Richardson (5), Khris Davis (7) and Demetrius McKelvie (25) all have plus raw power. Kentrail Davis and Walla should have the most usable pop down the road. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
The Brewers stocked up on speed, with Richardson leading the way with a 6.4-second time in the 60-yard dash. Kentrail Davis runs a 6.6, while SS Josh Prince (3) and OFs Chad Stang (8) and Franklin Romero (20) run in the 6.6-6.7 range. Prince led NCAA Division I with 48 steals and the Rookie-level Pioneer League with 26 in just 36 games. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
C Cameron Garfield (2) showed advanced receiving and game-running skills in his pro debut. He has a strong arm but threw out just 16 percent of basestealers.
RHPs Eric Arnett (1) and Kyle Heckathorn (1s) both sit at 91-94 mph, with Arnett topping out at 97 and Heckathorn peaking at 98. RHP Brooks Hall (4) already reaches 95 mph and has a lot of projection remaining on his 6-foot-5 frame. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Arnett's mid-80s slider grades as a plus-plus pitch at times. Heckathorn's slider has more velocity but less consistency.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
LHP Caleb Thielbar (18), who has a good curveball, led the Rookie-level Arizona League in wins (six) and ERA (1.59). RHP Michael Fiers (22), who topped NCAA Division II with 145 strikeouts in 109 innings at Nova Southeastern (Fla.) in the spring, topped the Pioneer League with eight saves. He commands three average pitches. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Richardson is a raw athlete who played quarterback at Florida State and holds the school record for longest run by a QB (55 yards). Kentrail Davis has all-around tools and more polish than Richardson. Arnett suited up but didn't play for Indiana's basketball team last winter. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
: RHP Kyle Hansen's (40) brother Craig pitches for the Pirates. C Richard Stock's (45) brother Robert signed with the Cardinals as a second-round pick. 3B Jaccobi McDaniel (33) is a standout defensive tackle at Florida State. None of the them signed. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Arnett, Davis and Heckathorn—whoever can harness his physical gifts first. Fiers is a longshot candidate. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
LHP Del Howell (15) wasn't at his best this spring while battling mononucleosis, one of the reasons he dropped in the draft. When he's right, he flashes three plus pitches in his 88-94 mph sinker, his slider and his changeup. SS Scooter Gennett (16) is an offensive-minded middle infielder. Both signed for $260,000. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
LHPs Lex Rutledge (26) reminded Milwaukee of Ted Lilly but couldn't be signed away from Samford.