Crew drafts big righty, big-time athlete early on Day 2
By Adam McCalvy
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' first pick on Day 2 of the 2015 Draft passed the eyeball test. At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Texas high school right-hander Nash Walters has the build of a big league pitching prospect.
"That is what they look like," MLB.com's Draft analyst Jonathan Mayo said after the Brewers made Walters their pick.
Selected 90th overall in the third-round, Walters is out of Lindale (Texas) High School, where he was the school's quarterback before becoming it's pitching ace. He became the second straight large-framed right-hander selected by the Brewers within their first four picks in the three-day Draft, after Milwaukee took 6-foot-6 Cal Poly-Pomona righty Cody Ponce in Round 2 on Monday night.
"Nash has been around the circuit a little bit. He's a football player by nature, [but] all the elements are there for him to be pretty good down the road," Brewers amateur scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "Patience, obviously, with a high school kid, will be required. That's true for all of these guys. We're not in an immediate-gratification game."
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It marks the sixth straight year that the Brewers have taken a right-handed pitcher in the third round of the Draft, a streak that began with Tyler Thornburg in 2010 and continued to Drew Gagnon, Zach Quintana, Barrett Astin and Cy Sneed.
All of those players wound up signing with the Brewers, and while Walters had a scholarship waiting at Texas A&M should he opt for college, he apparently signed quickly, Tweeting he was "Blessed to say I'm going to be a brewer!" and changing his avatar to a pick of him signing a contract. The 90th overall pick has a slot value of $646,300.
The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com beginning at 11 a.m. CT.
Round 4: OF Demi Orimoloye, St. Matthew HS (Orléans, Ontario, Canada)
Like Walters, Orimoloye is raw but has tools. He was born in Nigeria but raised in Canada and took up baseball as a teenager, eventually playing in that country's national program. If he makes it, Orimoloye could be the first African-born player in Major League history.
One American League scout compared the 6-foot-4, 225-pound outfielder to Bo Jackson in a Sports Illustrated story, but Orimoloye needs polish at the plate to make the most of his raw power. He has a college commitment to Oregon if the Brewers cannot convince him to sign.
"He's still raw in what he does on the field, and we recognize that," Montgomery said, "but it's in his best interest to be out in our game, to be around our [player development] staff, and let him go out and have some fun."
Round 5: SS Blake Allemand, Texas A&M
Hearing his name called on Day 2 of the Draft qualified as a nice consolation prize for the switch-hitting Allemand, who went 1-for-5 with three walks in the Aggies' heartbreaking, 16-inning loss to TCU the night before with a trip to the College World Series on the line. Allemand had forced a decisive Game 3 in the series with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly on Saturday.
Projected as a future utility man by MLB.com Draft expert Jim Callis, Allemand will turn 23 on July 1 and could be a fast mover in the pro ranks. His Texas A&M biography says he aspires to one day work in the front office of a Major League organization.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.