Milwaukee Brewers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 27 Clint Coulter C Union HS, Camas, Wash. Wash. $1,675,000
To put it simply, Coulter is a beast. Runners will not want to encounter him at the plate, as the former state wrestling champion has a chiseled 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. The size helps him in the batter's box. He's strong with leverage in his swing, above-average power and good pitch recognition. Like most catchers, Coulter has below-average speed, but he runs the bases well and shows good aggression and instincts. His size also limits him some defensively and he'll have to work hard to remain at the position as a pro. Coulter shows good athleticism for his size and has above-average arm strength and the intangibles teams look for in a catcher. He's a vocal leader on the field, takes instruction well and plays the game hard all the time. Coulter has learned from a good teacher, as Union's head coach is former big leaguer Tom Lampkin, but the Arizona State recruit needs to work on improving his agility, footwork and blocking.
1 28 Victor Roache OF Georgia Southern Ga. $1,525,000
Roache was the fourth-ranked player in the state of Michigan out of high school in 2009, and wound up heading South when he didn't sign as the homestate Tigers' 25th-round pick. After hitting .252/.408/.464 as a freshman, Roache exploded as a sophomore hitting 30 home runs to lead the nation and become the first Division I player to reach 30 since 2003. He did it despite the introduction of the less-potent BBCOR bats, in a year when offense in college baseball plunged by 50 percent, while slicing his strikeout rate. Roache struggled in the second half of the Cape Cod League last summer, then broke his left wrist diving to make a catch on Feb. 25. The complicated surgery required the insertion of six screws, two pins and a metal plate to repair the damage; as one scout put it, "This was closer to Cliff Floyd than a regular broken wrist." Roache has average speed and arm strength and plays hard. Teams ultimately are investing on a corner bat power profile, having to do so based more on what they saw last year than the six games (with two homers) Roache played in this season before the injury. Roache had indicated he would try to come back for the Southern Conference tournament, which could help determine whether or not he goes in the first round.
1s 38 Mitch Haniger OF Cal Poly Calif. $1,200,000
The brother of former Georgia Tech slugger Jason Haniger, Mitch is a physical specimen who was a standout wide receiver in high school. He has has generated top-50-pick buzz this spring by showing two legitimate plus tools in his power and arm strength. His throws are low and accurate with good carry, leading scouts to believe Haniger can play right field in the big leagues, though he plays a decent center field for the Mustangs. Haniger racked up nine outfield assists through just 39 games this spring. He's a fringe-average runner and an average defender with a chance to be a fringe-average hitter. He has refined his setup this spring, getting his hands in better hitting position and staying in sync more consistently. He also has become more selective, walking as much as he strikes out and handling offspeed stuff much better than he did earlier in his career, especially with two strikes. His improved approach and pitch recognition has allowed him to make good use of his power--he had more home runs (11) through 12 weeks than the top two teams in the Big West combined.
2 92 Tyrone Taylor OF Torrance (Calif.) HS Calif. $750,000
A standout running back and safety for the Torrance football team, Taylor is an excellent athlete who figures to polish some of his rough edges once he focuses on baseball. A shoulder strain relegated him to DH duties and clouded his draft stock a bit, but Taylor has shown a solid-average arm and good instincts in center field when healthy. His above-average speed also plays on the basepaths, where he is aggressive and gets good reads. Scouts are a bit conflicted on Taylor's bat. He has an unusual load, rocking onto his back leg before moving forward, but he has a fairly efficient swing path and good bat speed. He has a tendency to push the ball, but some he has a chance to develop into a quality doubles hitter with fringy power potential as he matures. Taylor's bat carries risk, but his athleticism and all-around tools package could get the Cal State Fullerton recruit drafted between the second and fourth rounds.
3 122 Zach Quintana RHP Arbor View HS, Las Vegas Nev. $325,000
Some teams won't have Quintana high on their draft boards simply because of his size: 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds. Teams that look past that will see a pitcher who throws his fastball in the 90-95 mph range with an easy delivery. His stuff has been inconsistent this year, in part because of a heavy workload. After throwing 129 pitches to beat local power Bishop Gorman High, Quintana was asked to start against them again on just two days rest. He has a hard breaking ball that can meander between a curveball and a slider, and a developing changeup. Quintana is a good athlete who plays shortstop when he's not pitching. He is committed to Nevada-Las Vegas, but is expected to sign if he's drafted between the fourth and sixth rounds.
4 155 Tyler Wagner RHP Utah Utah $250,000
Wagner will likely be the first player drafted out of Utah. He has a solid pitcher's build at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. Used as the Utes' closer, Wagner didn't have a great year statistically, but his stuff was strong all season. His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and he touches 95-96. He flashes an above-average slider and has a good changeup, though he doesn't need it much.
5 185 Damien Magnifico RHP Oklahoma Okla. $285,000
There may not be a pitcher in the entire draft who lights up radar guns as consistently as Magnifico, who regularly hits 100 mph. He reached triple digits 22 times in an April 10 start against Arkansas, working at 96-97 in the ninth and popping a 99 mph heater on his 103rd and final pitch. The question is what else he will bring to the table. His fastball lacks life and opponents see it and hit it well. He had just 27 strikeouts and a .282 opponent average through his first 43 innings this spring. Six-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Magnifico has made adjustments this spring. He'll flash a two-seam fastball with less velocity and more sink, and he's made progress with a cutter/slider, though it still grades as a well below-average pitch. He'll mix in a changeup, but it doesn't keep hitters off his fastball. A fifth-round pick by the Mets out of high school in 2009, Magnifico redshirted at Howard (Texas) JC in 2010 while battling a stress fracture in his elbow that required the insertion of screws. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he has more leverage than most college prospects.
6 215 Angel Ortega SS International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R. $157,400
Ortega has a wiry, 6-foot-2, 170-pound build and he stands out in Puerto Rico for his glove. He's an instinctual fielder with excellent range, pro actions and above-average arm strength. He's a high-energy player and an average runner. There are questions about Ortega's bat, as he has a little wrap in his swing and gets jammed in games. However, he shows good balance at the plate, has some bat speed and could develop into an average hitter as he fills out and receives better instruction. Ortega is committed to Alabama State, but is believed to be signable.
7 245 David Otterman LHP British Columbia British Columbia $141,700
Otterman is the country's best college prospect. He has a solid build at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, throws his fastball in the 88-91 mph range and mixes in three other pitches. His slider is his better breaking ball and he doesn't use his changeup much, but his delivery is clean, has projection remaining and pounds the strike zone. Otterman is still raw, much more than the typical college junior, so he'll need time to develop.
8 275 Edgardo Rivera OF Inzarry de Puig HS, Toa Baja, P.R. P.R. $200,000
Rivera was essentially an unknown before playing in Puerto Rico's Excellence Tournament in May. He cemented himself as one of the island's top prospects there and reminded some scouts of 2009 first rounder Reymond Fuentes. Rivera isn't as polished, but he has similar tools, beginning with premium speed. Rivera is at least a 70 runner on the 20-80 scale and some scouts give him 80 grades. He lacks instincts in the outfield but has the speed to make up for bad jumps or reads. His arm is fringe-average but projects to be average or better with pro instruction and a throwing program. At the plate, Rivera has a short swing from the left side of the plate and the ball jumps off his bat. Power won't be a part of Rivera's game and he'll likely need two years in short-season ball, but he could be an average hitter. Because Rivera came on so late, teams might not have seen enough of him to take him in the first five rounds, but his tools are hard to ignore and he should be signable.
9 305 Alex Lavandero RHP Belen Jesuit Prep, Miami Fla. $125,000
Lavandero has a projectable pitcher's body at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, and the Florida Atlantic recruit has solid athleticism. Some scouts subscribe to the theory that few Florida pitchers are projectable because of the Sunshine State's year-round play; Lavandero's frame, clean arm action and athleticism could make him an exception. He has some effort in his delivery that could lead to improved velocity if he becomes more efficient. He stays tall in his delivery, has touched 91-92 mph and generally sits 87-90 mph. He also throws a breaking ball and a changeup and has some feel for pitching.
10 335 Anthony Banda LHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
After turning down the Diamondbacks as a 33rd-round pick out of high school in 2011, Banda claimed a spot in the rotation on a San Jacinto team that finished runner-up at the Junior College World Series. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has yet to fill out, which bodes well for adding velocity to his 87-89 mph fastball. His sharp curveball is his best pitch, and he made strides with his changeup this spring. He has a long, loose arm but needs to do a better job of attacking the strike zone.
11 365 Preston Gainey RHP Navy Md.
12 395 Eric Semmelhack RHP Wisconsin-Milwaukee Wis.
Semmelhack beats out fellow Wisconsin-Milwaukee righthander Jordan Guth as the state's best college prospect because he has shown more consistent velocity this spring. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Semmelhack pitches at 90-92 mph and reaches 94 mph, though his velocity somes with significant effort in his delivery. He'll show a decent slider but tends to get under it and his changeup too much, causing them to flatten out.
13 425 Alan Sharkey 1B Coral Springs (Fla.) HS Fla.
14 455 Ryan Gibbard RHP Lynn (Fla.) Fla.
Lynn righty Ryan Gibbard had a productive spring; he throws three pitches for strikes, led by a fastball that has touched 93.
15 485 Buck Farmer RHP Georgia Tech Ga.
The aptly named Farmer (whose family has a long agricultural history) has raised his draft stock with his consistency for an injury-plagued Yellow Jackets pitching staff. An unsigned 46th-rounder of the Braves in 2009, Farmer will go at least 40 rounds earlier thanks to his durable 6-foot-3, 228-pound frame and above-average fastball. Farmer doesn't overpower hitters but throws a lot of quality strikes with his 88-92 mph fastball, at times touching 95. He competes well and challenges hitters with the fastball, though it's not a swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup has surpassed his slider in consistency as his best secondary offering, though he has feel for the breaking ball and locates it. Farmer has performed for three seasons and also threw well in summer ball in the Coastal Plain League (2010) and Cape Cod League (2011), though he was hit fairly hard in the Cape. He has some effort in his delivery and his arm action isn't clean, so despite his frame and track record of performance, scouts see him more as a reliever than as a starter. He still figures to go out in the first five rounds and perhaps as high as the third.
16 515 Adam Giacalone 1B Neosho County (Kan.) JC Kan. $100,000
No junior college player has posted more impressive numbers than Giacalone over the last two seasons. As a freshman, he led the nation with 102 RBIs and ranked third with 18 homers while also going 10-1, 2.70. This year, he helped Neosho County make its first Juco World Series appearance in nine years by hitting .407/.537/.785 through regional play and going 8-3, 1.72 on the mound with an 85-4 K-BB ratio in 89 innings. Scouts like his bat more than his arm, and the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has dropped 20 pounds from 2011. He makes consistent contact from the left side of the plate, with good but not great bat speed that portends average power. He's a below-average runner with good hands at first base, and a pro team could be tempted to try him at third base or possibly catcher. A righthanded pitcher, he succeeds more with finesse than power but can get his fastball up to 91 mph. He'll continue to play both ways if he attends Tennessee in 2013.
17 545 Alfredo Rodriguez SS Maryland Md.
18 575 Hunter Adkins RHP Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
Adkins started well this spring but faltered down the stretch and has ugly career numbers at 8-17, 6.01 in 200 innings, with almost as many walks (95) as strikeouts (132). Adkins has shown two average pitches with an 88-91 mph fastball that bumps 93 and a slurvy breaking ball. His changeup remains inconsistent. He was crosschecked early and could go in the first 10 rounds thanks to his ideal 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame.
19 605 Carlos Garmendia 3B South Miami HS Fla.
20 635 Mike Garza SS Georgetown D.C.
21 665 Austin Blaski RHP Marietta (Ohio) Ohio
Blaski won the championship game and most outstanding player honors at the NCAA Division III World Series in 2011. He threw six shutout innings in Marietta's opener at this year's World Series, a victory that gave him the D-III lead in wins (13), ERA (0.88) and starts (15). A 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, Blaski does a nice job of throwing his 88-92 mph fastball on a downhill plane. He throws strikes with his tight slider and changeup, and he's more than just a typical D-III senior sign.
22 695 Taylor Wall LHP Rice Texas
23 725 Paul Eshleman C Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
24 755 Michael Turay C Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
25 785 Lance Roenicke OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.
26 815 Mark McCoy LHP Barnegat (N.J.) HS N.J.
An athletic lefty who also played football and basketball for two years in high school, McCoy sits 86-90 mph and shows an average changeup and curveball. He's about 6 feet tall, which lessens his angle to the plate.
27 845 Tyler Duffie RHP Texas Christian Texas
28 875 Martin Viramontes RHP Southern California Calif.
29 905 Bryan Saucedo 1B Vaughan Road Academy, Toronto Ontario
30 935 Jono Armold LHP Flagler (Fla.) Fla.
31 965 Brent Suter LHP Harvard Mass.
32 995 Nick Anderson RHP Mayville State (N.D.) N.D.
33 1025 Austin Hall RHP Brigham Young Utah
34 1055 Tommy Burns RHP Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J.
35 1085 Jose Sermo SS Bethany (Kan.) Kan.
With a strong, athletic 6-foot, 190-pound frame, Sermo looks the part of a future pro. He's a switch-hitter with a nice stroke from bothsides of the plate. An erratic defender at shortstop, he lacks quickness and will have to move to third base or right field at the next level. Some scouts wonder if his cannon arm might be best suited to the mound. The Nationals drafted Sermo in the 49th round out of a Puerto Rico high school in 2009, after which he spent two years at Yakima Valley (Wash.) CC.
36 1115 Alex Mangano C Southwest Miami HS Fla.
37 1145 Taylor Smith-Brennan SS Edmonds (Wash.) JC Wash.
38 1175 Chris Shaw C Trinity Academy, Okotoks, Alb. Alberta
Shaw has an average build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He gave up curling to focus on baseball full-time and has improved greatly over the past year and a half. He has a compact righthanded swing with gap power, and his bat will play at the next level. He will need to work on his defense to stay behind the plate, which would give him the most value. His feet work well and he has arm strength, but he needs to improve his receiving, blocking and transfers. Shaw has the grinder mentality to catch every day and the work ethic to make those improvements.
39 1205 Derek Jones OF St. Marguerite d'Youville SS, Brampton, Ont. Ontario
Jones is actually a similar player to fellow Ontario outfielder Julian Service. Both have similar builds, both bat and throw righthanded and the two players have similar tools for the most part. The biggest difference is that while they're both solid-average runners now, Service is more physically mature and projects to remain an average runner in the future, while Jones has a leaner physique and could become faster as he gets stronger. For that reason, Jones has a chance at being a center fielder at the next level. Jones is considered signable and is committed to Rose State (Okla.) JC.
40 1235 Chucky Vazquez C American Senior HS, Miami Fla.