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Old 04-07-2019, 08:33 PM   #84
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Brewers first five draft picks- 1972

The Brewers first pick didn't happen until the supplemental portion of round 1, 34th overall.
With that pick the Brewers chose outfielder Val Guzman out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Guzman profiles as with a speed/power combination but might have only an average hit tool. He should be a fine defender though his arm is a bit weak. Brewers management likes his sparkplug attitude and believe he would be an asset in any clubhouse in the organization.
In the second round the Brewers chose 21-year old first baseman out of Las Vegas College, Sepi Koller. Koller is considered an advanced hitter with good power potential and defensive skills adequate to the position and won't hurt a team too much on the base paths. He is also renowned for his great baseball smarts, though he also has a reputation of being a bit inflexible in his attitudes.
The Brewers third round choice was relief pitcher Cory Degano, who pitched very well in the Brooklyn College bullpen for the past 3 seasons. Degano is a hard worker with moderate potential, but if his already solid fastball develops to the point expected and his slider also reaches its full potential, he could earn a spot in the Brewers bullpen sometime in the next 3-4 years.
In the fourth round the Brewers decide to take a chance on a young man who at barely over 18 has one collegiate season under his belt (UC-Berkeley), possesses great speed and defensive abilities and profiles as a player who will draw a high number of walks once fully developed. The downside is that his hit tool at this point is unimpressive. He is a hard worker and reportedly has a great attitude, so perhaps he will develop to be a better hitter. If not, he at least profiles as having the potential to provide speed and defense off the bench at the big league level.
The fifth round pick for the Brewers was another relief pitcher, 18-year old Mike Alfaro, who pitched for the Baylor Bears this season. The belief is that Alfaro could develop both his slider and fastball to elite levels which should give him nasty stuff at his peak. There are concerns though that his movement and control will always hold him back. But, as is a strong preference in the Brewers organization, Alfaro is considered a very hard worker and he is still young and the hope is he will exceed expectations.

With the remainder of their draft picks the Brewers did what they typically do: grabbed a number of very athletic middle infielders and center fielders, at least one very fine defensive catcher, a few starting pitchers with likely limited ceilings but multi-pitch arsenals, and a few first baseman with good power potential. Did they find any diamonds in the rough along the way? Only time will tell.
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