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Posted: June 16, 2017, 9:34 PM Post
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It's never too early to start thinking about the 2018 MLB Draft, so I am starting up the official discussion thread. I will also take this opportunity to point out that as of today (June 16th) the Brewers are slotted into the 22nd draft position and the St. Louis Cardinals are knocking on the door of drafting inside the top ten.

As far as 2018, it looks like there are a number of highly touted prep prospects that are candidates to flood the upper half of the first round including a Wisconsin high school senior to be that is in the running to be a top five selection. Below is a list of some of the current top college and high school prospects, a couple of way too early mock drafts, and a list of where to catch some of the top 2018 talent this summer. Let the 2018 MLB Draft speculation begin!

Top High School Prospects
Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS (CA)
Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS (GA)
Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West HS (WI)
Joe Gray Jr., OF, Hattiesburg HS (MS)
Triston Casas, 3B, American Heritage HS (FL)
Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS (GA)
Kendall Simmons, SS, Tattnall Square Academy (GA)
Will Banfield, C, Brookwood HS (GA)
Luke Bartnicki, LHP, Walton HS (GA)
Nolan Gorman, SS, Sandra Day O`Connor HS (AZ)
Austin Becker, RHP, Big Walnut HS (OH)
Elijah Cabell, OF, TNXL Academy (FL)

Top College Prospects
Brady Singer, RHP, Florida
Seth Beer, OF, Clemson
Jackson Kowar, RHP, Florida
Konnor Pilkington, LHP, Mississippi State
Cal Raleigh, C, Florida State
Nick Madrigal, 2B, Oregon State
Luken Baker, 1B, TCU
Colton Eastman, RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Chandler Day, RHP, Vanderbilt
Casey Mize, RHP, Auburn
Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida
Tristan Beck, RHP, Stanford

Early Mock Drafts
MLB.com: Early 2018 mock: Another SoCal SS at No. 1?
Bleacher Report: 2018 MLB Mock Draft: Early Predictions for Top 1st-Round Baseball Prospects

Prospect Appearances/Events
Under Armour All-America Game: Saturday, July 29 (Chicago, IL)
Perfect Game All-American Classic: Sunday, August 13 (San Diego, CA) - Televised on MLB Network
Perfect Game National Showcase: June 16-21 (Fort Myers, FL)
Area Code Games: August 6-10 (Long Beach, CA)
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team: June 22 - July 17 (Cary, NC and various other locations)
USA Baseball 18U National Team: June 27 - Sept. 5 (Cary, NC and various other locations)


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Posted: June 16, 2017, 9:54 PM Post
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Wow a Top 5 potential prep bat from Wisconsin? Don't see that everyday.


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Posted: June 17, 2017, 1:06 PM Post
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Jarred Kelenic is an incredible player. I actually think he could be in play for the No. 1 overall pick next year. I saw him last February, when he was a high school sophomore, and he took one of the best, if not the best, batting practices I have ever seen (please keep in mind that I have seen a lot of batting practices), and he was a high school sophomore at the time. After that he tried to talk his coach into letting him get another round as he was disappointed with the results, which is crazy. He's incredibly hard working and he is a true 5-tool player, with very good time speed and a strong outfield arm.

However, the Brewers won't have a chance to take him, unless one of them tanks significantly and I would prefer that neither happens.

If you're interested we've had a top 100 list up for 2018 since last November and we will be updating it another month or so once we've had a chance to see the top high school players again at several of our top events.

https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=13360


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Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:35 PM Post
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Kumar Rocker threw 98 at the PG National in the last few days. Provided he stays healthy I would think he'd have a shot at a Top 5 spot. I've heard again & again that this is one of the strongest draft classes in a long long time

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Posted: June 21, 2017, 9:32 PM Post
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I've heard again & again that this is one of the strongest draft classes in a long long time

What are we doing in first place??? Tank! Tank! Tank!


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:02 AM Post
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Does Kelenic play for Waukesha West High School or does he play for a summer travel team (Hitters, Stixs, etc.)?


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Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:57 AM Post
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lynchp said:
Does Kelenic play for Waukesha West High School or does he play for a summer travel team (Hitters, Stixs, etc.)?


He plays for Hitters. He doesn't play for Waukesha West as they have a summer Baseball program. He has played for Chicago Scouts in Fall Ball in the past.

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Posted: June 26, 2017, 10:23 AM Post
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Colby, curious your view on Max Alba RHP from Franklin HS. That's my alma mater and I saw he just committed to pitch for UNC.


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Posted: July 20, 2017, 4:30 AM Post
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The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team just completed their schedule this week. Although likely just a coincidence the Brewers have drafted the player the past two years who led the USA Baseball college team in OPS (Corey Ray and Keston Hiura). These are small sample sizes since the team only plays around 20 games each summer. This year's leader was Arkansas C/OF Grant Koch with a 1.035 OPS. Koch was limited to just 43 at bats however, among players with 60+ at bats the leader was Oklahoma outfielder (and former Wisconsin Woodchucks player) Steele Walker with a .931 OPS. Another notable USA Baseball CNT player was Clemson's Seth Beer who finished with a .672 OPS.

Complete 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Stats


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Posted: July 21, 2017, 6:30 AM Post
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Last week Baseball America released a 2018 MLB Draft Watch List which includes a current top ten for both the College and High School prospects that are draft eligible next year.


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Posted: July 29, 2017, 4:00 PM Post
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Reminder that the Under Armour High School All-American Game is tonight at 7:00pm CT. It is available live on MLB.com and tape delayed next week on MLB Network. All of the details are available at this LINK.


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Perfect Game All-American Classic live from San Diego this coming Sunday Night at 7pm on MLB Network

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Nolan Gorman has a truly elite swing. Really impressed in the Perfect Game All-American Classic

https://www.perfectgame.org/Pl...ofile.aspx?ID=378823

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Posted: October 01, 2017, 6:14 PM Post
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The Brewers slot in at the #21 overall selection in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft (LINK). That is one spot behind the playoff bound Minnesota Twins. Other NL Central teams include the Reds (#5), Pirates (#10), Cardinals (#19), Cubs (#24). Under the new collective bargaining agreement all first round picks are now protected, so the highest pick a team that signs a free agent who received a qualifiying offer would have to give up is their second selection.


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Kelenic to the Giants at pick #2 makes too much sense. I predict the Tigers take Hankins #1 overall

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Posted: December 05, 2017, 6:49 AM Post
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With the draft now just a mere six months away [smile] more scouting content is becoming available.

MLB Pipeline released their initial Top 50 Draft Prospects list. For those interested here is the ARTICLE and here is the LIST.

Also, this is a little older but from Baseball America’s initial (and way too early) Mock Draft they have the Brewers taking Georgia high school catcher Will Banfield. For the draft prospect lists, Baseball America splits their lists into College Draft Prospects and High School Draft Prospects.


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Posted: December 05, 2017, 8:54 PM Post
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Eye Black at Night said:
With the draft now just a mere six months away [smile] more scouting content is becoming available.

MLB Pipeline released their initial Top 50 Draft Prospects list. For those interested here is the ARTICLE and here is the LIST.

Also, this is a little older but from Baseball America’s initial (and way too early) Mock Draft they have the Brewers taking Georgia high school catcher Will Banfield. For the draft prospect lists, Baseball America splits their lists into College Draft Prospects and High School Draft Prospects.

I want us to draft high school pitcher Kumar Rocker because it's an awesome name.


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Posted: December 18, 2017, 11:25 AM Post
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The PG draft list is currently 250 names deep, and we also have lists up for 2019 (top 100) and 2020 (top 50) in addition to separate JUCO and college lists. All of this content is available for free between now and the end of the year, so feel free to copy and paste to save for later.

Top 250 2018 MLB Draft: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=14735
Top 100 College: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=14734
Top 75 JUCO: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=14738
Top 100 2019 MLB Draft: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=14736
Top 50 2020 MLB Draft: https://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/Vi ... icle=14737

All of our HS rankings are also available for free right now (as is all of our content). Here's the class of 2018, you can toggle between classes, states, etc.:

https://www.perfectgame.org/Rankings/Pl ... gyear=2018


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Posted: December 18, 2017, 9:11 PM Post
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Players I like from Colby's list the ones in Bold fit the Brewers recent draftees:

14 Travis Swaggerty C OF L-L 5-11 180 South Alabama Mandeville LA
Tremendous bat speed, lots of power potential, impact middle-of-field athlete.


19 Jeremy Eierman C SS R-R 6-1 205 Missouri State Warsaw MO
Physical SS, may stick there long-term; power to profile, advanced feel to hit.


24 Joe Gray, Jr. H OF R-R 6-3 195 Hattiesburg Hattiesburg MS Ole Miss
Toolsy, physical OF, big-time arm strength, raw power, feel to hit is catching up.


25 Tim Cate C LHP L-L 6-0 187 Connecticut Manchester CT
Dominating CB, one of best pitches in college; works low-90s with command.

29 Triston Casas H 1B/3B L-R 6-4 240 American Heritage Pembroke Pines FL Miami
Extremely physical LH bat with prodigious raw power.

35 Austin Becker H RHP R-R 6-6 185 Big Walnut Sunbury OH Vanderbilt
Extreme projection and arm speed, into mid-90s, flashes plus curveball.

42 Steven Gingery C LHP L-L 6-1 210 Texas Tech Huntington Beach CA
Gets into low-90s; shows dynamic swing-and-miss CH with lots of strikes.

43 J.T. Ginn H RHP R-R 6-2 200 Brandon Brandon MS Mississippi State
Power-armed, physical, up to 97-98 mph with dynamic curveball.

50 Nicholas Schnell H OF L-R 6-2 180 Roncalli Indianapolis IN Louisville
Handles bat extremely well, plus runner/plus arm with athleticism in CF, power projection.


58 Tristan Beck C RHP R-R 6-4 190 Stanford Corona CA

49 Tanner Dodson C RHP/OF B-R 6-2 180 California Elk Grove CA
Legit 2-way player, prospect on mound; pitches in mid-90s with sharp breaker.

I think my favorites are J.T. Ginn and Austin Becker. I am extremely intrigued by Tim Cate.



Colby would a Capuano like comparison be apt for Cate?


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Posted: December 18, 2017, 10:32 PM Post
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Seth Beer ranked #75 on that list. If he's still available at the Brewers compensatory pick I'd be giddy. Not just the LH power, but walked almost twice as much as he struck out - 11.8% K rate, 21.5% BB rate. If you factor in HBP, his non-hit OBP was .263. That's pretty amazing.

Just reading these one sentence write-ups, I'm gravitating towards Mike Vasil, Mason Denaburg, Ryan Weathers, and Anthony Siegler.


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