Brewers Draft Notes

The Brewers pick 12th in this year's first year player draft

The Brewers are notoriously "hush hush" about their draft preparation. Rarely if ever does any info sneak out about who Scouting Director Bruce Seid has his eye on. For anybody that pays attention to the various mock drafts on the web, this fact has become crystal clear as almost no two mock drafts have the Brewers taking the same player.

I won't pretend that I have any inside sources with direct knowledge of the Brewers drafting strategies, but I will pass a long a few nuggets of information that I have gathered from the web and conversations.

Ron Roenicke said in an interview with he checked out the draft situation this week and the team had targeted "a couple of regular players and three starters."

One of the three starters from that list is almost certainly Grant Holmes, a high school right-hander out of South Carolina. By multiple accounts Holmes was electric at the Brewers pre-draft workout on May 29.

Holmes, a University of Florida commit, is an extremely polished high school pitcher that is still adding velocity to his fastball. Sitting in the 92-94 range for the most part, Holmes has run his fastball to the high 90's and many believe it will become a pitch with plus-plus velocity. The off-speed arsenal is also impressive, featuring a power curveball and a developing change-up. Holmes has a great feel for all his pitches and many believe he could be a fast riser through the minor leagues.

Holmes has the upside that the Brewers have been drafting for in recent years. Although he doesn't exactly have the typical stature, only 6'2", the Brewers have made exceptions to their tall pitchers rule.

Hawaiian high school left-hander Kodi Medeiros was also brought in for the Brewers pre-draft event. I don't expect Medeiros to be in the picture for the 12th pick, but if he fell to the Brewers at 42 they would snatch him up. That scenario is not very likely as I don't expect him to get past the Royals second pick at 28.

If Jeff Hoffman fell to the Brewers at 12, I would expect them to be all over him. A top five pick if not for his season ending Tommy John surgery, Hoffman is looking at Toronto as a likely destination as they have the number 9 and 11 picks in the First Round.

There are a number of other name's out there that the Brewers may be interested in. Touki Toussaint, Kyle Freeland, Michael Conforto and Max Pentecost are the main names being floated around. A super sleeper would be Jacob Gatewood who would immediately become the Brewers top third base prospect.

My prediction for the pick is Grant Holmes, but I think I would be slightly more excited about Jeff Hoffman. Either way adding another great player to the system is going to be great.

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