Major League Baseball’s annual first-year player draft continued on Friday with rounds 3-10 as Milwaukee added eight new selections, including five collegiate pitchers, a pair of infielders and a catcher. Here’s a quick look at the Brewers day two selections.
3. Braden Webb (RHP) – A 6’3″ righty out of South Carolina, Webb will look to pitch the Gamecocks into the College World Series this weekend before ultimately deciding whether or not to sign with the Brewers. He underwent Tommy John surgery while in high school but bounced back this season, showcasing a fastball in the low-to-mid-90’s that he pairs with a plus curveball that may be his best pitch.
4. Corbin Burnes (RHP) – The Brewers used their fourth round pick on Burnes, another 6’3″ right-hander out of St. Mary’s. Featuring a four pitch mix that is highlighted by a fastball that sits between 92-95 mph, Burnes has the potential to move quickly through Milwaukee’s system.
5. Zack Brown (RHP) – Brown was the third straight college pitcher selected by the Brewers on day two when they selected the junior from Kentucky with the 141st overall choice. Brown’s fastball sits in the low 90’s and some reports had him touching 96 mph, mixing in a changeup and curveball as secondary offerings.
6. Payton Henry (C) – The Brewers went to the high school ranks for the first time on Friday when they tabbed Henry out of Pleasant Grove High School in Utah. A power-hitting catcher who should be able to stick behind the plate, Milwaukee will have to lure him away from an offer to BYU.
7. Daniel Brown (LHP) – Brown was the fourth college pitcher drafted by the Brewers as they looked to add some bullpen help, selecting the junior out of Mississippi State in round seven. With a fastballl/slider combo that is especially tough on lefties, Brown’s 5’9″ frame makes him a likely reliever but he is another player who could move quickly through the system.
8. Francisco Thomas (SS) – Originally from Puerto Rico, the slick-fielding Thomas played his high school ball in Florida and Milwaukee will hope to sign him away from a commitment to San Diego State. Some scouts believe Thomas may need to move to third base at some point, but also believe he could develop the power to handle such a move.
9. Trey York (2B) – Milwaukee looked to save a little money in round nine, selecting college senior Trey York out of East Tennessee State. In 57 games this season, York hit .348 with 23 doubles and 15 home runs, showing good pop for a second baseman.
10. Blake Fox (LHP) – The Brewers closed out day two by selecting the left-handed pitching Fox out of Rice University in round ten. Another college senior, Fox started 16 out of the 17 games he appeared in for the Owls this season, posting a 2.72 ERA and striking out 95 in 109.1 innings of work.