MLB Draft: Brewers options in first-round

The Milwaukee Brewers hold the ninth overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, which gets underway on June 12. Uncertainty remains at the top of the draft, which makes it difficult to predict what players will be on the board when the Brewers are on the clock at pick No. 9.

Here are three players who are a potential fit for the Brewers with the ninth overall selection:

Jordon Adell, OF, Ballard HS (Kentucky)

The Brewers have scouted a variety of high school players and plan on selecting the best player available regardless of position. Even though they are extremely deep with outfield depth throughout their minor league system, there’s a chance the Brewers could select another outfielder with prep outfielders Jordon Adell and Austin Beck being the likely options.

Adell is the top prep outfielder in the 2017 MLB Draft class, possessing five-tool potential. He has the best all-around tools in this year’s draft and is an outstanding defender with above-average speed and enormous raw power.

One concern for scouts about Adell is his ability to consistently make contact, as he sometimes strikes out too frequently.

Read my extensive MLB Draft profile on Adell here.

Pavin Smith, 1B, Virginia

One of the most polished college hitters in this year’s MLB Draft class, Pavin Smith has a strong shot of being a top 10 pick, despite being a first baseman. With a mature approach from the left side of the plate, Smith is hitting .342 with 10 home runs, 60 RBIs and just eight strikeouts compared to 31 walks this spring.

Smith has the potential to make an impact in pro ball offensively, but defensively figures to only play first base, as he’s a below-average runner.

Alex Faedo, RHP, Florida

Considered a potential option for the Minnesota Twins with the No. 1 overall pick prior to the college baseball season, Alex Faedo’s draft stock has taken a slight hit. Faedo has had an uneven junior season with Florida this spring, after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees last fall.

A 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander, Faedo has front-line starter potential, possessing a low-90s fastball, a slider and a changeup. Faedo’s best pitch is his above-average mid-80s slider, which is a true out pitch.

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Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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