The Milwaukee Brewers 2023 draft consisted of two college corner infield bats (Brock Wilken and Mike Boeve), a highly regarded prep pitcher (Josh Knoth), a few prep infielders (Eric Bitonti, Cooper Pratt, Josh Adamczewski) and then a ton of pitchers with quite of few of them being experienced collegiate arms. One pitcher that they selected, out of Indiana University, is said to have a real good chance of making it to the big leagues as soon as 2024.
Milwaukee Brewers eighth round draft selection Craig Yoho could see big league playing time in 2024.
At 23 years old right-hander Craig Yoho had an interesting journey in collegiate baseball. He spent some time as a two way player, lost a lot of time due to injury, and eventually picked pitching as his primary focus. At Indiana University in 2023 he finished with an impressive 15.3 K:9 ratio. The reliever did this by striking out 63 batters in 37 innings pitched.
On the mound his fastball tails into right-handed hitters and sits in the 90-95 MPH range. He has a breaking ball that moves like a frisbee with sweeping action, and then he has a changeup as well. Both of his off-speed pitches had greater than a 55% miss rate in 2023.
Given his age of 23 years old, experience, and swing and miss stuff Baseball America has him labeled as one player who could make an impact in the big leagues in 2024. He reported to the Arizona Complex League upon being drafted, so it’s unclear which minor league level he will begin 2024 at but he will be one player to keep tabs on next spring.
Other collegiate pitchers selected by the Brewers during the 2023 MLB draft include: RHP Jason Woodward, RHP Ryan Birchard, LHP Tate Kuehner, LHP Mark Manfredi, RHP Morris Austin, RHP Brett Wichrowski, and RHP Josh Timmerman.