The 2023 MLB draft is not until July, but it’s not too early to start with mock draft projections. During the first ever draft lottery, the Brewers did not make any headway in regards to their draft position. They will pick 18th in the 2023 draft. With the draft order established, MLB pipeline released their first mock draft. In their predictions they have the Brewers landing a college shortstop.
MLB pipeline’s first mock draft has the Brewers selecting shortstop Maui Ahuna.
Ahuna is currently the fourth ranked shortstop out of the top 100 prospects. The Hawaii native will be 21 years old by draft day, bats from the left side, and throws right-handed. He started at the University of Kansas and slashed .396/.479/.634 as a sophomore before entering the transfer portal. 2023 will be his first season at the University of Tennessee.
At the plate, Ahuna is aggressive and is viewed as a hit over power type player. He currently has a 55 grade hit tool and 45 power. Scouts have him projected to be a .275 hitter with 15-20 homers per season.
As a defender, Ahuna has the speed, range, and arm to stick at shortstop. He defends really well and is graded at 60 in both the arm and field categories. His 65 grade run tool is evident by his quickness on defense as well as athleticism.
A lot can happen between now and July, but if the Brewers do draft Ahuna 18th overall he would be the second consecutive shortstop taken by the Brewers in the first round. Eric Brown Jr was selected in 2022 by the Brewers out of Coastal Carolina.
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