As the 2018 Brewers team is just starting to get into mid season form, the Brewers front office prepared for the 2018 MLB. I know the MLB draft does not have as much hype as other drafts in sports, but it is still a big deal for a team’s future. The Brewers went into the draft with the 21st pick in the first round looking to add to their already talented farm system.

With that pick the Brewers Selected Brice Turang, a shortstop from Santiago High School in Corona, California. The 6 foot 1, 161 pound, 18 year old was a player the Brewers had their eyes on leading up to this draft, but thought he would go sooner than pick 21. In fact, the Brewers had been scouting him since he was a freshman and, he was on the Brewers Fall team.

Batting left handed, he hit .352 with 5 homers and a .464 on-base percentage in his senior season in high school, and was a member of the USA Baseball team last summer, and is an LSU commit.

Interestingly, the Brewers drafted Brice’s father, Brian in 1987 in the 20th round. The Brewers are hoping to get a better result out of Brice than they did his father, Brian never played in a Brewers uniform because he never signed, he did make it up to the bigs briefly, for the Mariners.

With the selection of a young shortstop, the Brewers are most likely going to try to pair him with last year’s first rounder, Keston Huira who is likely to play second base, for the middle infield of the future.

It will be a long road ahead for Turang, he is a solid defensive shortstop, as well as decent hitter, but he is lacking power. At just 160ish pounds he needs to build some size, but again he is still 18 so he has time to build some muscle. He is not as pure of a hitter as Huira, who is now in AA Biloxi, so I would not expect him to make that much of a leap in his first full year, but I would guess in 5-7 years, we could be seeing Brice Turang in Milwaukee.


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