With their second round pick, the Brewers have selected University of Miami Hurricanes shortstop, Freddy Zamora.
Freddy Zamora is seen as a very effective contact hitter, having hit an even .300 across the 2018 and 2019 season to go along with 24 doubles and an .820 OPS. Offensively, he is more of a traditional shortstop, rather than the power-hitting brand of shortstop MLB has seen in recent years in players such as Trevor Story.
While he projects some real upside at the plate, his true strength seems to be defense, which any baseball scout will tell you is more difficult to develop than offensive skills. Scouts say his arm is naturally powerful and accurate, and he has spectacular defensive range at his position. For a look at his effortless arm strength and accuracy, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-d3qcVxTSE
Another strength of Zamora’s along with his ability to get on base and hit for contact is his speed on the basepaths. His 33 stolen bases compared to just 7 caught-stealings is quite impressive.
Zamora has not shown an ability to consistently hit for power at this point in his young career, with just 7 across his two collegiate seasons. That said, power hitting is something that can improve as players mature, and that is especially true in the hitter-friendly confines of Miller Park.
There seems to be a bit of an injury history for Zamora, which could be classified as a weakness of his. The slick-fielding shortstop suffered a torn ACL prior to his junior season, which forced him to miss his 2020 season.
Overall, At 6’1” and 190 lbs, he has decent size for a middle infielder and projects as a defensive whiz with work to do to become an universal threat as a hitter.
There are a few players who come to mind as comparisons to Zamora, but the most obvious at this point is Andrelton Simmons. Simmons has nearly the exact same size as Zamora, (6’2” 195) and is known for his speed and defensive abilities over power hitting.
Another player that comes to mind is Adalberto Mondesi of the Kansas City Royals. Mondesi is a lightning-quick runner who had a productive season in 2019 with 43 stolen bases and 2.4 WAR.
The Zamora pick is the second consecutive position player this year taken by the Crew, following Wednesday’s first round selection of Garrett Mitchell, an outfielder from UCLA.