In 2011 the Brewers selected Carlos Rodon in round 16 of the MLB Draft but were unable to sign him. Three years late Rodon was the third overall selection in the entire draft and upon signing will immediately become one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball.
The moral of the story, a great scouting job can only be great if you complete the signing. The Brewers missed out on Rodon over a few hundred thousand dollars which pales in comparison to the millions he is about to sign for. This is not a rare happening with baseball, but it illustrates how important it is to get players signed that your scouts see potential in.
With the first 11 picks of the draft already signed and ten more throughout the later rounds, the Brewers have 19 players that remained unsigned, and I will highlight a few of my favorites that could make an impact.
The highest remaining unsigned player is 12th rounder Jordan Yamamoto a high school right handed pitcher out of Hawaii. While not a physically imposing presence on the mound at 6 ft. 185 lbs. Yomamoto is an advanced pitcher. His arsenal includes a fastball at 92-93 MPH, a slider, a curveball and a change-up. Yamamoto has an advanced feel for all four pitches in his arsenal. his athleticism is also very solid and helps keep his delivery smooth and consistent. He has a scholarship to Arizona if he chooses not to sign.
My personal favorite player yet to sign is J.J. Schwarz a prep catcher from Palm Beach, Florida. Rated as high as the fourth best catcher in the draft, Schwarz fell to the 17th round because of signability issues. He is a Florida commit and seems very strong to that commitment. He features a very complete game as a catcher. He doesn't do anything extremely well, but has the ability to receive, throw, hit and run above average. I do not expect him to sign.
(*EDITOR'S NOTE* Oquendo is signed per a tweet from the Brewers Player Development twitter account.) Puerto Rican shortstop Jonathan Oquendo, the team's fourteenth round pick, is a switch hitter with a lean projectable body. Oquendo showed smooth defensively with an above average arm at pre-draft showcases. His swing on both sides shows some potential. As he grows into his body and fills out, Oquendo could have some great gap power. Oquendo was not committed to any school currently, but had interest from some JUCO's in Florida. I think he is highly likely to sign with the Brewers given no concrete collegiate plans.
Junior College pitcher Patrick Weigel is one of my very favorite arms from the Brewers' draft haul.The right-hander works in the mid to upper 90's touching 98 MPH often. Weigel is 6'7" and uses that size to his advantage pitching at an optimal downward angle. His curveball and changeup are works in progress, but have shown plus signs. Weigel's main problem has been his control. Pitchers of Weigel's height take a longer time in their development because they struggle to repeat their deliveries as well as more average size pitchers. Weigel went from a Division 1 school in Pacific University to Oxnard Junior College. His signing will come completely down to if the Brewers meet the money figure he has in mind.