2011 Draft Report Card: Milwaukee Brewers
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Milwaukee had two of the top 15 picks and got two of the top college pitchers in Jungmann and Bradley. Lopez, Gagnon and Goforth add more arms to an organization that has struggled to develop its own.
Bonus Spending: $7.5 million
1B Nick Ramirez (4) broke into pro ball by hitting .369 in the Rookie-level Pioneer League, though he found low Class A pitchers much less hospitable (.197). BEST POWER HITTER:
Ramirez, who hit 11 homers between his two stops, has the most present power. C Dustin Houle (8) has the raw strength to pass Ramirez down the road, as does OF Michael Reed (5). FASTEST RUNNER:
When Milwaukee ran its draftees in a 60-yard dash, it was surprised when 6-foot-2, 210-pounder 3B/1B Jalen Harris (41) was the quickest at 6.69 seconds. Reed and OF Malcolm Dowell (9) have similar speed. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Houle hasn't spent much time behind the plate, but the Brewers like his soft hands, plus arm and agility. If he can't make it as a catcher, those tools also would play well at third base.
RHP David Goforth (7) often pitches at 94-97 mph when used as a reliever, and Milwaukee has seen him up to 99. RHP Taylor Jungmann (1) does an excellent job of pitching off his fastball, which sits at 90-94 mph and tops out at 96. LHP Jed Bradley (1) also can reach 96, while projectable RHP Jorge Lopez (2) should do so in the future. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Lopez's curveball shows signs of becoming a true out pitch. RHP Drew Gagnon (3) also spun a nifty curve in instructional league, while Bradley has a tough slider.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Ramirez, who hit a combined .271/.305/.496 with 32 extra-base hits in 59 games. RHP Casey Medlen (37) had a 3.00 ERA and a 35-5 K-BB ratio in 27 innings in low Class A. BEST ATHLETE:
The Brewers see Reed as a potential five-tool player. Dowell drew interest from college football programs as a defensive back. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
Harris was born deaf and had cochlear implants put in his ears as a toddler. 2B Gant Elmore (49) broke into pro ball with Rookie-level Helena, a franchise owned by his father D.G. Unsigned RHP David Lucroy's (29) brother Jonathan starts at catcher for Milwaukee. Unsigned 3B Trent Boras' (30) father Scott is one of baseball's most powerful agents, and his brother Shane signed with the Athletics as a 39th-round pick. Reed's father Benton played briefly in the NFL. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Jungmann and Bradley could make their pro debuts in high Class A and reach the big leagues before the end of 2013. Goforth also could rocket though the minors as a reliever. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Harris has all the tools to become a prototypical third baseman. Medlen has a solid fastball and flashes a plus curveball. SS Chris McFarland (18), whom the Brewers signed away from Rice for $315,000, has a nice package of tools. RHP Chad Thompson (27) lacks consistency but flashes a plus fastball and slider. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
LHP Carlos Rodon (16), who opted to attend North Carolina State, has a nice sinker/slider combination and command.