The Brewers selected Mississippi State left-handed pitcher Ethan Small with the 28th overall pick in Monday’s MLB draft.
Small is 6-foot-3, 214-pound hurler that has a three-pitch mix. He throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with some deception to his delivery. He relies on his low-90s fastball and solid changeup, which are both respectable offerings.
His curveball is loopy at times and needs to be refined to have success in the pros. He also has respectable command and above-average control.
Small missed all of the 2017 season with Tommy John surgery. The redshirt junior has a 1.88 ERA with 160 strikeouts and 27 walks allowed in 96 innings this spring.
He profiles as a back-end-of-the-rotation starter in pro ball.
The pick value for the 28th pick is $2,493,900.
Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for four years. He’s interviewed 133 of the top draft prospects in that period, including three No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he’s appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.