Ahh the MLB draft, the draft that happens during the season, it’s like getting dessert while eating a steak. The Milwaukee Brewers came into the draft standing in first place in the NL Central, looking to add some young prospects to the farm system that hopefully will see the bigs down the road.
After selecting Ethan Small in the first round, the Brewers doubled down in the second round, by taking a big lefty pitcher Antoine Kelly out of Wabash Valley Community College with the 65th selection.
Kelly is a bit of an interesting pick. He was actually selected in the 13thround out of high school last year, but went to school instead to hone his craft. The decision ultimately paid off for the 6 foot 6 left hander, as he moved up to the second round in 2019.
In his only year at Wabash Valley Community College, Kelly had a 1.88 ERA and a 9-0 record, totaling 112 strikeouts. With eye-popping numbers, it is just a matter of if it will translate through the professional baseball ranks.
Antoine is a guy who throws the ball hard, reaching 98 MPH on his fastball already; he could see 100 once he fills out his massive frame. Like all young guys who throw hard, his other pitches are still developing, but he is young, so he has time.
Antoine Kelly has a ton of upside, and is a great prospect to have in the farm system. We will just have to wait a few years to see if he will pay off for the Brewers.