With the 73rd pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Hawaiian high schooler, Micah Bello.
Here is what you need to know:
- Height and Weight
- 6’0″, 165 lbs
- 17-year old Bello has noted he will sign with the Brewers organization and forego his scholarship to St. Mary’s for baseball. MLB Pipeline had Bello listed as the 171st prospect in the draft, but the Brewers saw a potential five-tool player in the Hawaiian native which prompted them to scoop him up earlier than some experts may have predicted. Bello also has a long history with the family of current St. Louis Cardinal Kolten Wong’s family as he and his brother, Kean (minor leaguer for Tampa Bay), both attended Hilo High School. Wong’s father instructs Bello and is known as a hitting guru on the island.
- Bello is a four-tool talent and it is believed he can develop into a power threat as well. He has speed to go with contact as he hit .564 with 7 extra base hits and 16 stolen bases in 15 games (51 plate appearances). He also walked 12 times to go along with 22 hits which equates to a .667 on-base percentage which is lethal at the top of a lineup.
- Bello has impressive range and draws comparison to top prospect Corey Ray without the power. There is a definite reason the Brewers took him as it seems they are stockpiling tools to utilize for themselves and use as trade bait when in contention mode.
- Bello has been noted as having leadership qualities to go along with his ability to track down balls, hit for contact, and burn on the basepaths. His high school coach, Tony DeSa, noted he keeps all his teammates loose and they respond to him when tough situations arise.
- Power. Bello is not a home run threat at this point in his career. Part of it comes from his size as he is on the smaller end at 165 pounds. This does not mean he cannot develop the ability to hit the longball. Bello seems to have a frame that can tack on muscle that will be needed in the MLB.
- Bello has already announced that he will sign with the Brewers and the thought is he would be assigned to Rookie ball in Arizona. From the outside looking in, it seems Bello would be working his way through the Brewers’ system for at least four years before he would even be mentioned in the same breath as the major league squad. With an already loaded outfield under control for the near future, Brett Phillips and Keon Broxton knocking on the door, and prospects like Corey Ray, Trent Grisham, and Tristen Lutz already in the organization, it would take a lot for Bello to rise quickly. Bello does have table setting ability at the top of the lineup which could prove useful in the future.