Brewers add a pair of lefty arms in MLB Draft

The Milwaukee Brewers took two left-handed pitchers in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft on Monday.

Milwaukee selected Ethan Small of Mississippi State in the first round (28 overall). It is the same college that produced Brandon Woodruff who is currently pitching great in the Brewers’ rotation.

“He’s the consummate pitcher,” Brewers amateur scouting director Tod Johnson said of their first round pick. “He throws a ton of strikes, gets a ton of swings and misses. He’s not the hardest-throwing guy but he does have velocity in there when he needs it. He has been really successful in what’s the toughest conference in the country, especially for pitchers.”

Small was named the SEC pitcher of the year. He led the conference with 160 strikeouts in 96 innings and going 9-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 16 starts. He throws his fastball in the low 90s, has an effective changeup and can mix in a solid curveball. He missed the 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

In the second round (65 overall), the Brewers took Antoine Kelly of Wabash Valley Junior College in Mount Carmel, Ill. Kelly went 9-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 13 starts for Wabash Valley. He struck out 112 hitters in only 52 2/3 innings, with 21 hits and 31 walks allowed.

Milwaukee Brewers wrap up day one of draft

The Milwaukee Brewers made three selections on the first day of the 2018 MLB Draft Monday evening.

The Brewers went the prep route for the first pick by selecting shortstop Brice Turang out of Santiago High School in California. More on that selection here.

The second selection of the night for the Brewers was also a player out of high school. The Crew selected outfielder Joe Gray 60th overall from Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg, Ms. Gray signed with the University of Mississippi and it is unclear whether or not his selection by the Brewers will change his plans.

Gray has been graded out by scouts as having an above-average arm as well as power.

The third and final selection of the night for Milwaukee came at No. 73 overall in the competitive balance round B.

Milwaukee selected Micah Bello, an outfielder from Hilo High School in Hawaii. Bello, the team’s third selection from a high school of the night, is regarded as a prospect with extremely quick hands and a tremendous athlete.

The 2018 MLB Draft continues on Tuesday with rounds three through 10 and can be viewed on MLB.com.

MLB Draft: Brewers Day One Recap

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers selected Louisville outfielder Corey Ray, third baseman Lucas Erceg, and catcher Mario Feliciano in the first day of the MLB Draft on Thursday.

With its first round pick, Milwaukee selected Ray, which some analysts have called the best talent in the draft. He recorded 30 extra base hits in 56 regular season games this past season, also stealing 37 bases without being caught stealing. Ray posted a slash line of .315/.382/.587 this season.

Ray comes to Milwaukee from Louisville and Simeon Academy High School in Chicago — the same school as Milwaukee Bucks guard Jabari Parker. He was selected fifth overall by the Brewers, making him the highest draft pick in Louisville history.

Milwaukee’s 46th overall selection went to third basebal Lucas Erceg out of Menlo College. He has long been linked to Milwaukee leading up to the draft, ranking as MLB Pipeline’s 56 best prospect. One of the biggest question marks for the left handed batter is that he transferred from Division I California to Menlo, which is widely considered a Division II level school.

Erceg had a .308 batting average in 56 games at Menlo College this season, also pitching in 11 games with a 0.78 ERA and a fastball of up to 95 MPH.

Milwaukee ended day one of the draft by selecting Puerto Rican catcher Mario Feliciano 75th overall. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 143 prospect, and criticized his defensive ability behind the plate. He’s considered a “bat first” catcher with an above average power potential. Only 17 years old, Feliciano was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American.