On Monday night, the first round and supplemental first round of the 2012 MLB Draft occurred. On Tuesday rounds 2-15 will take place with rounds 16-40 happening Wednesday. Last night the Brewers had 2 picks in the first round (27 and 28) and 1 in the supplemental (38). Pick 28 was the natural pick that the Brewers received for finishing with the 4th best record. Picks 27 and 38 were acquired by the departure of 1B Prince Fielder. Since Prince was a Type A free-agent, the Brewers were entitled to the Detroit Tigers First Round Pick along with a pick in the supplemental round. Meet the 3 newest members of the Milwaukee Brewers
Last year we saw the Brewers take two prep power arms in Taylor Jungman and Jed Bradley. Both are seen as good picks thus far and the Brewers are hoping that they will be part of the future. This year Doug Melvin and company has taken different route. They used their first three picks on Power Hitters. The three newest members of the Brewers are Clint Coulter, Victor Roache, and Mitch Haniger.
27. Clint Coulter- C Union HS (Camas, WA). Twitter: @ccoulter1
H/W: 6’3″ 220 lbs Bats/Throws: R/R DoB: 7/30/93
Clint Coulter is regarded as a beast. As a sophmore in HS he won the 189 lbs Washington State wrestling title with a 39-1 record. However he then gave up wrestling to pursue baseball. Coulter has a great bat with lots of power for such a young player. He has drawn comparisons to Mike Napoli as a catcher with a great bat and above-average defense. However, Coulter has given inclination that he would not be opposed to a position change in the Big Leagues, the Brewers even had him make throws from the OF. Clint is currently committed to Arizona St but he has basically said that he will skip college and sign with whatever team drafts him. His signability allowed him to be drafted in this position. I would look for Coulter to move to RF or 1B and contend for a spot on the Brewers around 2016.
28. Victor Roache- OF Georgia Southern University. Twitter: @_Heavy28Hitter_
H/W: 6’2″ 225 lbs Bats/Throws: R/R DoB: 9/17/91
Victor Roache drew mixed reviews. ESPN’s Keith Law had him rated at the 88th best player while Baseball America had him ranked 22nd. I think that Victor Roache was a steal for the Brewers. He is a very pull heavy hitter but I think if he develops the discipline as he travels throughout the minors he could be a Big League Hitter. The reason he fell is that he missed most of the 2012 season with a broken wrist. In 2011 Roache broke out with 30 Home Runs. Roache has said that his wrist will heal fine and he should be able to resume playing in 4-6 weeks. I could see Victor Roache being a September Call-Up 2014 and contend for a spot on the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015
38. Mitch Haniger- OF Cal Poly State University. Twitter: @M_Hanny19
H/W: 6’2″ 215 lbs Bats/Throws: R/R DoB: 12/23/90
Mitch Haniger has put up some pretty good numbers for the Cal Poly Mustangs. Over the past month he has gained a lot of draft stock which allowed him to move up to the 38th pick. Haniger has shown that he has been able to hit to all parts of the field, it doesn’t look like he will be a 30 home run a year type of guy as he is more of a line drive hitter but this guy could become a pure double machine. Mitch currently play CF, but as he progresses to the pros I could see him progressing to RF. His arm is one of his strengths that could allow him to move to Right. Like Roache, I could see him being a September Call-Up 2014 and contend for a spot on the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015
I liked each of the Brewers first three picks as the organization is lacking minor league bats. That being said I would like them to focus on pitchers on Day 2 of the draft. Whatever happens, I trust Doug Melvin.