With the 21st overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected infielder Brice Turang.
At 6’1″ and 165 lbs, the highly-touted southern California shortstop bats from the left side of the plate but throws with his right. In nine games for the USA 18U National Team, he hit .353 and had a .389 on-base percentage to go along with a .500 slugging percentage. Turang’s father played in the Majors for two seasons.
Turang was once a projected top pick in his class, but an underperforming senior year saw him slide down draft boards.
Arguably the best shortstop in the draft, some think Turang could be the steal of the first round. The Brewers surely hope so.
Last year’s first-round draft pick is second basemen Keston Hiura. That pick is trending well, as the 21-year-old is the top prospect in the Brewers system while absolutely crushing at the plate.
He is batting .323 on the season and recently earned a promotion to the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers.
In 2016 the Brewers first pick was outfielder Corey Ray. After a surgery-requiring injury and a tough 2017 season, Ray is looking to rebound and show why the Brewers used a top-four pick on him.
In his first two drafts as general manager, David Stearns has proven he has what it takes to maintain a quality farm system, with 2016’s class already looking promising.
In addition to Ray, Stearns netted Lucas Erceg (3B), Mario Feliciano (C), Corbin Burnes (RHP) and Zach Brown (RHP). All of them are in the Brewers top 30 prospects.
Stearns is betting that Turang will soon be on that same list.