Capsules of 2014 Brewers draft picks
JUN 06, 2014 1:47p ET
A complete listing of the Milwaukee Brewers' 2014 MLB Draft picks with a capsule summary of each.
Round 1, pick 12 -- LHP Kodi Medeiros (6-2, 180), Waiakea (Hawaii) H.S.: The Hawaiian prep left-hander was high on Milwaukee's draft board before a workout at Milwaukee, but Medeiros' performance in Milwaukee last week may have been the deciding factor. Medeiros' slider is said to be one of the best offspeed pitches in the draft. He throws from lower arm slot which creates movement on his pitches but also raised questions if he better projects as a reliever, but Milwaukee sees him as a starting pitcher. Medeiros is committed to Pepperdine but should sign with the Brewers. FULL STORY
Competitive Balance Round A, pick 41 -- SS Jacob Gatewood (6-5, 190), Clovis (Calif.) H.S.: Ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect by ESPN.com, No. 21 by Baseball America and No. 22 by MLB.com, Gatewood's best tool is his raw power. He participated in the junior portion of the home run derby at last year's MLB All-Star Game, winning the competition with 13 home runs using a metal bat. He'll have to improve his all-around offensive game in order to make the big leagues but he is said to have superstar potential. Many draft experts considered Gatewood a steal at this point in the draft. At 6-foot-5, Gatewood may have to move to third base. He's committed to the University of Southern California. FULL STORY
Round 2, pick 50 -- OF Monte Harrison (6-3, 200), Lee's Summit West (Mo.) H.S.: Ranked as the No. 23 overall prospect by MLB.com and the third-best outfielder in the draft class by Baseball America, Harrison's talent is on a first-round level. The concern with Harrison is his signability, as he is committed to play football and baseball at Nebraska. Scouting director Bruce Seid admitted Harrison may be hard to sign, but it was hard to pass up a player widely considered to be the best athlete in the draft. FULL STORY
Round 3, pick 85 -- RHP Cy Sneed (6-4, 185), Dallas Baptist University: A weekend starter for Dallas Baptist for three years, Sneed went 8-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 104 innings in 2014. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range, while he also throws a curveball and a changeup. Baseball America calls Sneed "a durable college performer with strong makeup, maximizes average repertoire." There are some draft experts who feel Sneed may end up as a reliever down the road.
Round 4, pick 116 -- OF Troy Stokes (5-10, 182), Calvert Hall College (Md.) H.S.: Stokes continues the trend of the Brewers going after high-level prep athletes who may take some time to develop. According to Perfect Game, Stokes ran a 6.4 in the 60-yard dash. Stokes hit .340 with 17 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases in his senior season of high school. He is committed to the University of Maryland.
Round 5, pick 146 -- 3B Dustin DeMuth (6-3, 215), Indiana University: Picked in the eighth round of the 2013 draft by the Minnesota Twins, DeMuth turned down pro ball to return for his senior season at Indiana. DeMuth hit .374 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 57 games for the Hoosiers this season, committing 10 errors at third base. He was named All-Big Ten first team for the second consecutive year in 2014, helping Indiana to another conference championship. MLB.com says DeMuth is very athletic for a third baseman and has a strong arm, but he may need to make swing adjustments to realize his power. He's a senior with no leverage, meaning the Brewers may save some money in signing DeMuth.
Round 6, pick 176 -- RHP David Burkhalter (6-3, 190), Ruston (La.) H.S.: The All-NELA Big School Pitcher of the Year in Louisiana, Burkhalter originally committed to Tulane but now is committed to Louisiana-Monroe, where former Brewers ace Ben Sheets serves as an assistant coach. Louisiana-Monroe fired its head coach in March, something that may factor into Burkhalter's decision. Burkhalter went 11-1 with a 0.93 ERA with 117 strikeouts during his junior season of high school.
Round 7, pick 206 — OF Mitch Meyer (6-3, 185), Kansas State University: A redshirt junior, Meyer hit .264 with three home runs and 26 RBI last season at Kansas State. Meyer hit .281 as a redshirt sophomore in 2013. He missed the entire 2012 season due to an injury. Due to his age, Meyer should be an easier sign and could free up money for the Brewers to use on Greenwood and Harrison.
Round 8, pick 236 -- RHP J.B. Kole (6-4, 200), Villanova University: The power right-hander went 4-3 with a 5.12 ERA as a junior for Villanova, but Kole allowed just three earned runs over his last 21 1/3 innings in 2014. Kole averaged 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings during his collegiate career and hits the low to mid-90s with his fastball. Ends his Villanova career with a 7.93 career ERA in 70 1/3 innings.
Round 9, pick 266 -- C Greg McCall (6-1, 215), University of Texas-Arlington: A power-hitting catcher, McCall hit .238 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI this past season for the Mavericks. McCall is said to be a strong defensive catcher by MLB.com.
Round 10, pick 296 -- RHP Javi Salas (6-4, 225), University of Miami (FL): Drafted in the 38th round of the 2013 draft by the Minnesota Twins, Salas went 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 52 1/3 innings for Miami in his senior season. Salas threw a perfect game against Villanova in March, the 23rd in NCAA Division I history.
Round 11, pick 326 -- RHP Brandon Woodruff (6-2, 225), Mississippi State University: The big, power right-hander went 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in 37 1/3 innings in his junior season for the Bulldogs but had more success in his freshman and sophomore seasons. Woodruff made six starts and nine relief appearances in 2014. He was drafted in the fifth round out of high school by the Texas Rangers in 2011. Woodruff started as a two-way player at Mississippi State but eventually focused on pitching. He was named a top-125 draft prospect by Perfect Game.
Round 12, pick 356 -- RHP Jordan Yamamoto (6-0, 185), St. Louis (Hawaii) H.S.: After taking Kodi Medeiros out of Hawaii with their first-round pick, the Brewers take another prep pitcher from the islands. Yamamoto started against and beat Medeiros in the state tournament, pitching a two-hit shutout. According to MLB.com, Yamamoto was 92-93 with his fastball in that game. He also throws a slider, curveball and changeup. He's committed to the University of Arizona.
Round 13, pick 386 -- RHP Kaleb Earls (6-5, 185), Limestone College (S.C.): Pitching for NCAA Division II Limestone College, Earls went 3-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 82 1/3 innings as a starter this past season. Earls tossed three complete games in 13 starts for the Saints.
Round 14, pick 416 -- SS Jonathan Oquendo (6-3, 165), Maria Teresa Pineiro (Puerto Rico) H.S.: Oquendo is ranked as the 252nd overall prospect in the draft class. According to MLB.com, the 18-year-old Oquendo ran the 60-yard dash well and "showed good defensive skills" at the Excellence Tournament, an annual event for young players in Puerto Rico.
Round 15, pick 446 -- RHP Caleb Smith (6-4, 215), Rice University: Smith went 1-2 with a 8.15 ERA in just 14 1/3 innings in his only season with the Owls. After beginning his collegiate career at Auburn, Smith transferred to Cisco College in Texas without ever pitching for the Tigers. He went 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA in eight games in 2013 for the Wranglers.
Round 16, pick 476 -- LHP Benjamin Onyshko (6-2, 205), Vauxhall (Canada) H.S.: Pitching for the Canadian Junior National Team, Onyshko started against the Toronto Blue Jays in an exhibition game this spring. The 17-year-old allowed just two runs over three innings against the big-league lineup. Onyshko is committed to Stetson University.
Round 17, pick 506 -- C J.J. Schwarz (6-1, 193), Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) H.S.: A member of the 18-U National Team that won the World Cup in September, Schwarz hit .429 for Team USA. He's was thought of as a first or second-day pick but signability is a concern. Schwarz is committed to the University of Florida and sent a text to Scout.com on Friday to say he's going to school.
Round 18, pick 536 -- RHP Luke Curtis (6-1, 215), University of Pittsburgh: Pitching primarily out of the bullpen, Curtis led the Panthers in ERA (2.17 in 29 innings) in 2014. Redshirted his first year and suffered a season-ending injury after pitching in two games in his redshirt freshman season.
Round 19, pick 566 - LHP Zach Hirsch (6-4, 220), University of Nebraska: A third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2014, Hirsch went 5-2 with a 1.72 ERA and four saves in 31 relief appearances for Nebraska in his senior season. Hirsch missed the last 31 games of his junior season with a wrist injury to his non-throwing hand.
Round 20, pick 596 -- SS Tate Blackman (6-0, 185), Lake Brantley (Fla.) H.S.: Ranked by Baseball America as the 106th overall prospect in the draft, Blackman fell to the 20th round due to signability concerns. Committed to Ole Miss, Blackman sent a tweet out Friday indicating he was going to school. Blackman, like Schwarz, will be a tough sign for the Brewers. He is old for a high school senior and will turn 20 in September, something that may factor into his decision.
Round 21, pick 626 -- RHP Donnie Hissa (6-7, 240), University of Notre Dame: A native of Iron River, Wis., Hissa went 2-4 with a 2.66 ERA and five saves in 50 2/3 innings as Notre Dame's closer in 2014. The Brewers have loaded up with college relievers on Day 3 of the draft. Hissa pitched in the Northwoods League last summer, pitching for the Lakeshore Chinooks in Mequon, Wis. According to Baseball America, Hissa's fastball sits in the 89-93 mph range, while he features three offspeed pitches.
Round 22, pick 656 -- RHP Patrick Weigel (6-6, 210), Oxnard (Calif.) College: Pitching in the junior-college ranks, Weigel went 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA for Oxnard in 2014. MLB.com called Weigel an "intriguing talent" and that "he shows glimpses of three Major League average or better pitches." Weigel began his college career at Pacific before transferring. He suffered a forearm injury in April that caused him to miss a couple of weeks.
Round 23, pick 686 -- RHP Kolton Mahoney (6-1, 190), Brigham Young University: As a starter for the Cougars, Mahoney went 6-6 with a 3.97 in 88 1/3 innings as a sophomore in 2014. Mahoney is 22 years old and was away from the game for two seasons while on a religious mission. He threw a no-hitter against Nicholls State in March.
Round 24, pick 716 --RHP Bubba Blau (6-2, 195), Dixie State University: Another college reliever, Blau went 1-1 with a 2.92 in 16 relief appearances in 2014. He transferred to Dixie State from Cochise College in Arizona, where he had a 2.54 ERA in 46 innings in 2012.
Round 25, pick 746 -- LHP C.D. Pelham (6-5, 215), Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College: The left-hander posted a 1.85 ERA in 39 innings over nine starts as a freshman in 2014. A story on Pelham in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal says the big lefty has touched 95 mph with his fastball while scouts told the paper they feel he has a chance to increase his velocity to the upper-90s.
Round 26, pick 776 -- RHP Cre Finfrock (5-11, 185), Martin County (Fla.) H.S.: According to MLB.com, Finfrock throws in the low 90s with his fastball and has touched 96 mph. Finfrock is ranked as the 225th overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He is committed to the University of Central Florida.
Round 27, pick 806 -- C Matt Martin (5-11, 190), Wake Forest University: Currently not listed on Wake Forest's roster, Martin's bio on the school's website says he played seven games in 2012 as a freshman before being shut down due to an injury. He was drafted in the 44th round in 2011 by Boston.
Round 28, pick 836 --RHP Turner Larkins (6-3, 215), James Martin Senior (Tex.) H.S.: The 22oth ranked prospect by Baseball America, Larkins is committed to Texas A&M. According to MLB.com, Larkins has an "advanced" three-pitch mix, as he throws a curveball and changeup. The site says the right-hander is underrated due to the fact he doesn't have the high velocity on his fastball as other top prep pitchers.
Round 29, pick 866 -- RHP Aaron Garza (6-3, 195), University of Houston: A starter for a Cougars team currently playing in the NCAA Super Regional, Garza went 9-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 16 starts in 2014 as the school's Friday night starter. Garza was named second-team All-American Conference. He went 5-5 with a 3.84 ERA as Houston's mid-week starter as a sophomore in 2013.
Round 30, pick 896 -- RHP Taylor Stark (5-11, 155), Delta State (Miss.) University: As a closer in 2014, Stark had a 2.66 ERA with four saves in 20 1/3 innings for the Statesmen. Stark started his collegiate career as a two-way player at Mississippi State.
Round 31, pick 926 -- RHP Brock Hudgens (6-0, 190) UNC-Charlotte: Hudgens went 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 77 1/3 innings over 14 starts in his senior season. He was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 as a junior, going 7-1 with a 2.77 ERA. Charlotte moved to Conference USA for the 2014 season.
Round 32, pick 956 -- RHP Eric White (6-3, 208), Parkers Chapel (Ark.) H.S.: Committed to Arkansas-Little Rock, White was a 2014 Under Armour Preseason All-American. He would be a two-way player for the Trojans if he goes to school. White chose Arkansas-Little Rock over Ole Miss, Central Arkansas, Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe.
Round 33, pick 986 -- LHP Chad Reeves (6-2, 190), Louisiana State University Eunice: The ace of the Bengals' staff, Reeves went 11-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 15 starts to earn junior-college All-American honors in 2014. Reeves is committed to play at Delta State University.
Round 34, pick 1,016 -- RHP Carlos Leal (5-11, 180), Delta State University: The Brewers requested to have Leal listed as a pitcher although he hasn't thrown an inning in college. Leal has caught for the Statesmen and is a career .336 hitter with two home runs and 64 RBI in 91 games.
Round 35, pick 1,046 -- LHP David Carver (6-3, 180), Lamar University: Carver pitched 41 1/3 innings for Lamar as a senior in 2014, going 2-2 with a 4.14 ERA making 10 starts and two relief appearances. Transferred to Lamar prior to the 2013 season after starting his collegiate career at Pierce College in California.
Round 36, pick 1,076 -- CF Hunter Tackett (6-3, 190) Anderson County (Tenn.) H.S.: Tackett is ranked as the No. 47 outfield recruit in the nation by Perfect Game. He was named a Perfect Game Underclass Second-Team All-American in 2013. Tackett is committed to Auburn.
Round 37, pick 1,106 -- 1B Eric Ramirez (6-0, 200) Rio Mesa (Calif.) H.S.: The left-handed hitting Ramirez hit .359 with nine doubles in 2013. He played in the Area Code Games and is committed to the University of Hawaii.
Round 38, pick 1,136 -- CF Carl Chester (6-0, 165) Lake Brantley (Fla.) H.S.: A high-school teammate of 20th-round pick Tate Blackman, Chester is committed to the University of Miami. According to MLB.com, Chester is not as polished of a hitter as Blackman but has well-above-average speed.
Round 39, pick 1,166 -- LHP John Gavin (6-6, 230) St. Francis (Calif.) H.S.: Gavin was named a 2013 Perfect Game Underclass Second-Team All-American. He's committed to Cal State Fullerton.
Round 40, pick 1,196 -- SS Taylor Lane (6-1, 184) The Pendleton School (Fla.): Originally from Virginia, Lane has been playing for IMG Academy. Lane hit .342 with 20 runs scored and 15 RBI this past season. He's committed to Florida.
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