Welp

Posted by Steve

Meh.

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.

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7 responses to “Welp

  1. Jungmann is one of several three-year performers among college pitchers in this year’s draft, and he does it while looking like he isn’t even breaking a sweat. Jungmann can sit 91-93 but go back for 94-95 whenever he wants it, and he pairs it with a hammer curveball at 75-78 with two-plane break.

    He’s a strike-thrower who commands the ball to both sides of the plate with his fastball and breaking ball. That precise command is part of why he rarely needs to use his hard, mid-80s changeup.

    His delivery finishes with a “head-bobble,” but it doesn’t happen until after release, so the ordinary concerns about a head-jerk reducing command don’t seem to apply here. He comes across his body slightly because he starts on the extreme third-base side of the rubber but lands on line to the plate as if he’d started in the center.

    Jungmann doesn’t use his lower half as much as most power pitchers, but he doesn’t show a lot of effort in his arm action and he has no trouble throwing quality strikes, so I’m not sure you’d want to tinker with his delivery either; at most you might try to lengthen his stride a little to see if he adds any velocity.

  2. Thanks for that great detailed report. I take it you’ve seen him pitch?

    I was excited to take Jungmann before I saw the report that indicates he had dead-arm or something the other day. Can you speak to that?

  3. Sorry, did not mean to misrepresent myself. That was taken from espn . com.

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