The Milwaukee Brewers have recently done a nice job of drafting and developing talented players through the draft. Corbin Burnes, Devin Williams, Sal Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, Joey Wiemer, and Brice Turang are all current MLB players that they selected in the draft.
Looking into the near future there are a handful of Brewers draft picks that are on track to impact the big league club. Tyler Black, Carlos Rodriguez, and Jacob Misiorowski headline the group closest to debuting whereas Brock Wilken and Mike Boeve are a few years away.
Looking ahead to the 2025 draft it is possible that Milwaukee could have six first round draft picks. This would be accomplished by receiving an additional four compensation picks.
The Milwaukee Brewers already have two first round picks in the 2025 MLB Draft.
Unless the Brewers somehow manage to surpass the luxury tax threshold in 2024, they will have one first round pick within the top 30. Exact positioning will be determined based on their 2024 season outcome and will be announced at Winter Meetings next year after the draft lottery is complete.
Additionally, as a small market team, the Brewers receive a competitive balance pick each year. In 2024 they get a competitive balance B pick in which that selection comes after the second round. 2025 will switch to a competitive balance A selection in which that pick comes before the start of the second round.
Three more 2025 first round picks could come as compensation from players receiving a qualifying offer.
There is a scenario next off-season where the Milwaukee Brewers could extend qualifying offers to three free agents. Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames are set to hit the open market and newly acquired Rhys Hoskins has a player opt out option after the 2024 season.
Should all three enter free agency next off-season, and Milwaukee extend them qualifying offers, ($20.325 million in 2024) then they would be compensated draft picks in 2025 after they signed with a new team. First round draft pick compensation is awarded to teams who did not surpass the luxery tax threshold and when they lose free agents that sign for greater than $50 million.
If a Milwaukee Brewers top prospect wins rookie of the year in 2024 they would be awarded a first round draft pick.
MLB’s newest collective bargaining agreement came with team incentives based on performances from rookies. If a player who was rated as a preseason Top 100 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, and/or ESPN (at least two of the three) and was on his team’s Opening Day roster goes on to win the Rookie of the Year Award, the club is awarded a Prospect Promotion Incentive pick.
Brewers players that could potentially accomplish this in 2024 include Jackson Chourio and Tyler Black. Chourio signed a long term deal with Milwaukee and is expected to be on the opening day roster. Black could break camp as the team’s every day third baseman, but is currently not on the 40-man roster.
In summary a lot would have to go right in order for the Brewers to get six first round draft picks in 2025. However compensation picks from qualifying free agents and rookie of the year makes it possible.
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