Milwaukee Brewers 2022 Draft Report Card
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Best Pure Hitter: Four of the first five players the Brewers selected in the 2022 draft were hitters, so there’s good competition for this category, although SS Eric Brown (1) is likely the leader. Brown has a unique setup that features a high handset, but he is coming off a career-year with Coastal Carolina and has a chance to be a solid-average hitter. He had a solid debut while playing mostly at Low-A Carolina, where he slashed .262/.370/.441 with a 127 wRC+ and solid walk (11%) and strikeout (17%) rates. SS Robert Moore (2s), SS Dylan O’Rae (3) and C Tayden Hall (9) are all candidates as well.
Best Power Hitter: 3B Luke Adams (12) has a large, 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame with a swing leveraged to do damage. He played 16 games in the Prospect League prior to being drafted, where he slashed .404/.478/.737 with four home runs and seven doubles. In an 11-game pro debut in the Arizona Complex League, Adams hit .375/.512/.563 with one home run and three doubles while posting some of the best 90th percentile exit velocities of the Milwaukee draft class. C Matthew Wood (4) homered 12 times with Penn State during the 2022 season and while he played only two games in pro ball after signing, his exit velocity data was impressive as well.
Fastest Runner: The Brewers don’t have any true burners in the 2022 draft class, but they have several who can get to plus grades or better. O’Rae (3) earned double-plus run evaluations from amateur scouts and is likely the leader in this category, though Brown (1) is an above-average or plus runner and the Brewers were impressed with Adams’ (12) speed as well—especially given his large frame.
Best Defensive Player: Moore (2s) was one of the better defensive middle infielders in the college class and has terrific hands, with quick actions on double play balls. On most college teams he would have been able to play shortstop, but with Arkansas he played a premium second base. The Brewers will give him time at shortstop in pro ball and he split his time close to equally between the two middle infield spots during his pro debut.
Best Fastball: RHP Jacob Misiorowski (2) was the highest-paid player in Milwaukee’s draft class despite being the second player taken. He earned a double-plus fastball evaluation from amateur scouts and has touched 100-101 mph both before and after being drafted—while throwing from a long and lean 6-foot-7 frame. RHP Tyler Woessner (6), RHP Cameron Wagoner (11) and RHP Aidan Maldonado (14) all have solid fastballs as well.
Best Secondary Pitch: Both of Misiorowski’s (2) breaking balls are impressive enough to top all the others in this draft class. He mostly threw a hard slider that got into the upper 80s in junior college, but he has also shown impressive feel for a power curveball in the mid 80s since being drafted. Both pitches look plus. Woessner (6) and Wagoner (11) have solid sliders and would be candidates if Misiorowski didn’t exist.
Best Pro Debut: Wagoner (11) pitched as a starter and reliever in his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League and with Low-A Carolina. He threw 19.2 innings between the two levels, posted a 1.83 ERA and struck out 24 compared to just two walks. He sat around 94-95 mph with his fastball, touched 97 and got nearly a 50% whiff rate on his slider.
Best Athlete: Each of the players who were mentioned for best speed are the candidates here, with Brown (1) and O’Rae (3) being the leading options. Adams (12) is more of a sneaky athlete who doesn’t look like it at first but impresses evaluators as they get more feel with him.
Most Intriguing Background: C Tayden Hall (9) is the son of nine-year big leaguer Toby Hall, who was also a catcher. The younger Hall split time between first base, catcher and both outfield corners in his pro debut, but he was solid offensively—.309/.400/.427 over 20 games—and pushed to High-A Wisconsin as a 19-year-old.
Closest To The Majors: There are a few interesting options for this category. Both Wagoner (11) and Wossner (6) could move quickly in reliever roles, while hitters like Brown (1) and Moore (2s) have advanced skill sets all around and could be in Double-A in 2023. Misiorowski (2) is the real wild card, as his stuff is so explosive that a team could push him rapidly if he can find the strike zone consistently enough.
Best Late-Round Pick (Or NDFA): Both Wagoner (11) and Adams (12) are day three picks that have been mentioned for a number of categories in this draft report card, and would be fitting here as well.
The One Who Got Away: The Brewers took several high-upside high school prospects who were likely unsignable when the team took them near the end of the draft: C Brady Neal (17), BHP Jurrangelo Cijntje (18) and RHP Jaden Noot (19) are all prospects who are highly anticipated on the college scene in 2023. All three ranked among the top 260 players in the class.