Posted by Steve
Of course you can only tell so much at this time, but I am really disappointed in the way the first round played out for the Brewers. I really wanted Javier Baez or Francisco Lindor, and both were gone before the Brewers’ first pick.
They ended up taking Taylor Jungmann with the 12th pick. I was fairly high on him writing my post yesterday, but then I read last night that in his last start he got knocked around and topped out at 88 mph. Ugh.
Then with the 15th pick, I really wanted C.J. Cron, or maybe Taylor Guerreri or Sonny Gray. Instead they took Jed Bradley, who will really surprise me if he is more than a #4 or 5 starter. It’s one thing to take college pitchers hoping they’ll help quickly, but if their ceiling is limited, it’s not much of a help.
The Bradley pick is especially questionable following the Jungmann pick. If they had taken a high school player at 12, I could see going for a safer pick. But taking two safe picks isn’t a great way to rebuild the worst farm system in baseball.
Remember Jack Z’s theory that your first rounder has to have at least one A grade for a tool? Best fastball, best curveball, best power hitter, etc? These guys aren’t close to that.
Who knows how it will turn out, but right now I’m less than thrilled.