MLB Draft: The Milwaukee Brewers had some exciting picks on day one of the MLB Draft in which they had three selections. At 18th overall they selected power hitter Brock Wilken, their 33rd overall selection went to stand out prep pitcher Josh Knoth, and in the second round Mike Boeve was taken 54th overall.
Day two consisted of lots more exciting prospects. In total they selected two high school shortstops and six college arms. Here we will give a brief overview of all the players selected in rounds three through 10.
Milwaukee Brewers MLB Draft selections on day two (Rounds 3-10)
- Brewers 3rd round pick (87) – Eric Bitonti, SS, Aquinas (CA) HS
Eric Bitoni, a Wisconsin native from Aquinas High School, is a 6’4 inch shortstop who is viewed as a power bat. He hits from the left side of the plate and MLB Pipeline had him ranked as the 68th prospect on their big board. There is a lot of upside with this pick.
- Brewers 4th round pick (119) – Jason Woodward, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast
There are a lot of unknowns with this pick for Jason Woodward has quite an extensive medical history. He has beaten bone cancer twice and underwent Tommy John Surgery earlier this year. At Florida Gulf Coast his numbers do not stand out (3.68 ERA) in 34 career games (20 starts) and he had a very rocky showing in the Cape Cod League last summer (8.10 ERA in seven starts).
- Brewers 5th round pick (155) – Ryan Birchard, RHP, Niagara County CC
As expected the Brewers selected a Junior College arm. Ryan Birchard had 50 IP with 95 Ks this year, which fits the mold of a strikeout dominant pitcher that Milwaukee likes to target. He’s a high spin rate pitcher and his fastball can get up to 98 MPHs.
- Brewers 6th round pick (182) – Cooper Pratt, SS, Magnolia Heights (MS) HS
Selecting Cooper Pratt is a big selection for the Brewers. He has day one talent and Milwaukee will have to spend over slot in order to pry him away from college. Similar to Eric Bitoni he is a 6’4 inch shortstop, but his hit tool is rated a bit higher while also having a good amount of power. He was Gatorade’s Mississippi Player of the Year and if he signs he could be a steal in the sixth round.
- Brewers 7th round pick (212) – Tate Kuehner, LHP, Louisville
Left-handed pitching is something every organization could use and the Brewers have been good at getting theirs. Tate Kuehner fits their mold in that he is not over powering on the mound but he has a funky delivery. He also has an excellent breaking ball that helps generates a lot of strikeouts.
- Brewers 8th round pick (242) – Craig Yoho, RHP, Indiana
Craig Yoho, a fifth year senior, has a Tommy John surgical history. Up until this year he had last pitched in the abbreviated 2020 season. He ended up striking out 63 batters in 37 inning this year in large part due to a devastating fastball-curveball combo. Velocity wise his heater sits around 95 MPH.
- Brewers 9th round pick (272) – Mark Manfredi, LHP, Dayton
This selection is another southpaw who finished with more strikeouts than innings pitched. His 4.99 ERA won’t catch your eye, but he is a lengthy 6’4 inch who throws out of a sidearm slot.
- Brewers 10th round pick (302) – Morris Austin, RHP, Houston Christian
To close out day two the Brewers finished by taking their fourth college arm in a row. Morris Austin has three pitches and his fastball reaches 95 MPH. In addition to the heater he has a slider and a changeup. Follow me on Twitter @tylerkoerth. Follow us @WiSportsHeroics for more great content. To read more of our articles and keep up to date on the latest in Wisconsin sports, click here!. We cover the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Badgers, and Wisconsin High School Sports.