Brewers Select Pitcher Eric Arnett

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IJune 9, 2009

Eric Arnett was picked by the Brewers with the 26th pick. He is a 6′5″ right-handed pitcher for Indiana University. He was the Big 10 co-pitcher of the year and tied the school record for wins and strikeouts this year. He has a plus fastball and slider, also a curve, but his changeup isn’t ready.

MLB TV were all very positive about the pick, but they’ve been very positive about most people. They said he’s quite an athlete and is closer to pitching in the majors than many people think. Harold Reynolds said that Arnett was his favorite pitcher outside of Strasburg and is a Josh Johnson type pitcher.

Jason Churchill from ESPN insider:

"Arnett is a 6-5, 230-pound right-hander; 91-96 mph fastball, above-average slider, curveball, decent feel for pitching. He performed well late and that pushed him into round one. Seattle liked Arnett and now are staring at Scheppers and Paxton, among others."

The Sporting News had this to write:

"Arnett has all the makings of a rotation workhorse. Despite his tall, big frame, he has a loose body. Got himself in much better shape this year after working out with the IU basketball team. Brings a mid-90s fastball and only started realizing his abilities this year. Lots of upside and could move quickly up the minor-league ranks."

The Baseball Analysis wrote this about Eric:

Eric Arnett, RHP, Indiana University

Height/Weight: 6-5, 225 | DOB: 12-25-1988

2009 stats: 12-1 W-L | 2.58 ERA | 101 IP | 77 H | 103-35 K/BB

"Arnett has been a late-riser up draft boards with his incredible 2009 junior year after just mixed success in his freshman and sophomore years. His fastball, which works in the mid-90s with good sink, and slider are both plus pitches, but his changeup is still a work-in-progress. Some scouts are worried that if the changeup doesn’t come around he will have to be a reliever in the majors. He has a big frame and has been durable during his college career. On the other hand he doesn’t have a track record of such a high level of success before this year and John Sickels notes that guys who burst onto the scene can implode just as rapidly." (Posted by Dave Allen)

ESPN’s full analysis of Arnett:

"Arnett, a former basketball player, emerged as a prospect this spring by showing improved velocity and a much better breaking ball than he had in the past. It can take him a while to get going, but he will sit 90-94 mph and hit 96 several times over an outing of 100-plus pitches. The pitch plays up because his long arms give him the ability to release the ball later than most pitchers can. His slider is sharp with a somewhat early break out of his hand at 81-83 mph, and his straight change in the low-80s has some promise, although he lacks feel for it and doesn’t use it often. He also throws a curveball, but the slider is more advanced. He has a drop-and-drive delivery and a surprisingly short arm action for a guy his height. His front foot lands crooked, slightly toward the third-base dugout instead of straight at the plate, which can affect command. Arnett’s main red flag, aside from the lack of a track record, is his very high workload, with six starts in which he exceeded 120 pitches. He’s a good athlete with the raw stuff to be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter, although inexperience probably makes his ceiling more that of a mid-rotation guy."