2016 Draft Preview: 2B

The second base position in the 2016 draft features a couple of familiar last names to Brewers as Bo Bichette and JaVon Shelby both rank among some of the top prospects at the keystone. The draft is usually light on second basemen as many players come up at different positions but there are several worth keeping an eye on.

Bichette, an 18-year-old out of Lakewood, Florida is at the head of the class, though some see him as a potential third baseman as well. The son of former Brewers outfielder Dante Bichette, Bo is a power hitter who should go high enough in the draft to pull him away from Arizona State.

Two other high school players to look for in the first few rounds are Nicholas Quintana out of Las Vegas and Carlos Cortes from Winter Park, Florida. Both have seen action behind the plate at some point but appear to profile more as second baseman than catchers. Quintana also has a Brewers connection as his brother Zach was a former Milwaukee farmhand who was traded to Atlanta for current Biloxi outfielder Kyle Wren.

The top college options are Nick Solak out of Louisville and JaVon Shelby from Kentucky. Solak has also played some outfield and could eventually find his way to a corner spot. Shelby was a former Brewers draft pick in 2013 and the son of former Milwaukee coach John Shelby who just wrapped up his junior season at Kentucky.

None of the players mentioned are locks to go on the first day of the draft, but with plenty of Brewers ties it wouldn’t be a surprise to see one or more of these players selected by Milwaukee on days two and three of the draft.

TOP 2B PROSPECTS

BO BICHETTE Lakewood High School
NICHOLAS QUINTANA Arbor View High School
CARLOS CORTES Lake Howell High School
NICK SOLAK Louisville
JAVON SHELBY Kentucky
JORDAN ZIMMERMAN Michigan State
JAKE NOLL Florida Gulf Coast
DAVID HAMILTON San Marcos High School

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