For the second straight year, the Milwaukee Brewers have the luxury of owning two first-round picks in this June's MLB first-year player draft. The first (No. 27 overall) comes courtesy of the Detroit Tigers, who gave up their rights to their first-round pick when they signed type-A free-agent Prince Fielder last January. The second (No. 28 overall) comes by virtue of the Brewers tying for MLB's third-best regular season record last season.
While significant improvements toward replenishing the farm system were made at last summer's draft, general manager Doug Melvin, director of amateur scouting Bruce Seid and assistant GM Gord Ash realize fully that progress has yet to be made. Replenishing a farm system that was widely ranked at or near the bottom of all organizational rankings prior to the start of the season is priority number one for the Brewers when the draft gets under way June 4.
With the draft nearing, it's time to take a look at a few prospects who should be available for Milwaukee to take with their late first-round picks.
*All statistics current as of May 21, 2012