The Milwaukee Brewers went for offense on each of their five selections of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
One day after taking UCLA outfielder Garrett Mitchell with the 20th overall selection, Milwaukee picked four more collegiate position players Thursday, the final day of the draft.
Miami (Fla.) shortstop Freddy Zamora was chosen in the second round. He’s regarded as a slick-fielding, strong-armed player who is ranked No. 100 by MLB Pipeline and No. 74 by Baseball America.
Zamora does carry some health risks — he is about three months into a projected nine-month rehab after having surgery to repair a torn ACL.
“It’s honestly been a crazy 2020, starting with my injury and then the season going down (due to the coronavirus),” Zamora said. “It was definitely shocking at first. It was tragic how the season ended. I’m just trying to get better from this, one day at a time, and not worrying about tomorrow. Just worrying about what I can control.”
In the third round, Milwaukee selected versatile Zavier Warren from Central Michigan.
The switch-hitting Warren played catcher in high school, and shortstop last season with the Chippewas. Warren hit .369 with eight homers, 70 RBIs and a .502 on-base percentage in 2019. He drew 15 walks in the abbreviated 2020 campaign after leading the MAC with 54 a year ago.
“He can play shortstop, he can catch, he can play third base,” Central Michigan coach Jordan Bischel said.
University of Cincinnati outfielder Joey Wiemer was selected in the fourth round.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, hit .263 with six home runs and 21 stolen bases in 2019. After being named to Baseball America’s preseason All-American third team, Wiemer hit .264 with a home run and four doubles this year.
For the final pick, Milwaukee chose Louisiana-Lafayette shortstop Hayden Cantrelle, a switch hitter who was one of six collegiate hitters to have 25-plus extra-base hits and 25-plus stolen bases in 2019.
Around the horn
Former East Troy athlete A.J. Vukovich, a third baseman, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round. ... Former Janesville Craig athlete Jack Blomgren, a shortstop who played at the University of Michigan, went in the fifth round to the Colorado Rockies.
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