After a successful first three rounds, the Brewers continued their very promising draft by selecting outfielder, Joey Wiemer, out of Cincinnati in the 4th round of the 2020 MLB Draft. In most pre-draft projections, Wiemer was seen as a 2nd or 3rd round pick so many analysts believe Milwaukee got great value picking Wiemer in the 4th. He was drafted with the 121st overall pick but FanGraphs had him as the 97th ranked prospect going into the draft.

Joey Wiemer was in his Junior year at Cincy when the 2020 season was cut short due to Covid-19. In 15 games this season, he hit .264 with an elite OBP of .435. His best season came in 2019 when he played in 62 games and batted .263 with an OBP of .360. He hit 6 home runs, batted in 28 runners and had 21 stolen bases in 24 attempts. 

Strengths

Joey Wiemer is a very athletic outfielder and at 6’5” 215, he already has a MLB ready physique. At the plate, he has shown to have plenty of raw power and plus speed, two things that the Brewers always want out of their players. He also has shown an advanced approach due to his ability to get walked and have a high on-base percentage. In the outfield, he has shown the ability to play all outfield positions but will most likely end up in right in the future due to his incredibly strong arm. At one point, making relief appearances at Cincinnati, Wiemer was clocked at a balmy 98 MPH. 

Weaknesses

Joey Wiemer is a very, very raw talent. He’s 21-years-old but I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t see him on the major league squad until he was around 25. One of the most enticing things about Wiemer is his raw power but at this point in his playing career, he has not shown the ability to hit at a consistent level. The fact that he’s not a contact hitter means he needs to showcase power if he wants to play in the majors, especially if he’s going to be a corner outfielder. Wiemer has a lot of tools needed to be a big league starter but at this point, he has not come close to putting it all together. This doesn’t mean he can’t, but Wiemer is definitely more of a “project” prospect. However, with a 4th round pick, the Brewers certainly could have done worse than Wiemer. All of his weaknesses, basically just being a raw player, can be worked out over time which is a great sign when it comes to Wiemer’s future. With him, it’s a marathon not a sprint. 

Comparison

Because of where he’s at physically along with his strengths and weaknesses, Wiemer has drawn a TON of comparisons to 4x All-Star, Hunter Pence. If the Brewers get themselves another Hunter Pence, a future outfield consisting of Wiemer, Garrett Mitchell, and Christian Yelich will seemingly give Milwaukee a lot of future success.

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