Over the next two weeks, we're going to be providing you with profiles of 10 players the Brewers could take with the 18th overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft.
Who is He?
Chase Davis an athletic, left-handed, 6' 1", 215-pound outfielder who has an exciting set of tools. His raw power, which has translated to in-game power, is his loudest tool. Davis hit 39 home runs over his last two years at Arizona, including 21 in 221 at-bats in 2023. He also has exceptional speed, an above-average arm and walked more than he struck out this past season.
Why the Brewers Will Draft Him
The Brewers should have a lot of good options to choose from at 18th overall. There will, more than likely, be a college infielder or two sliding down the board. There always seems to be prep pitchers who take a tumble. Davis, though, sort of heads up that next tier of prospects. Any team turned off by a more well-known prospect may be intrigued by Davis's power/speed/arm combination enough to take him in the top half of the first round.
Davis is a favorite of Jamie Cameron's, who says this in his latest update:
Davis has a ton of great tools. He has plus power to all fields which he's taken to the next level in games this season. In 2023, he put up a year for the ages (with) a left-handed swing reminiscent of Carlos Gonzalez, ripping consistently huge exit velocities. Critically, he's cut down on his chase rate and swing and miss dramatically and has a good argument for the most improved player in college baseball. Defensively, he's athletic with a bazooka arm in the outfield.
Why the Brewers Won't Draft Him
Teams should never draft for need, but when it comes down to deciding between two equally-viewed prospects teams could choose to go with the greater need... and for the Brewers, it's not likely outfield. Currently, both Jackson Chourio and Sal Frelick are on the doorstep of the big leagues. Joey Wiemer (24) and Blake Perkins (26) both seem to figure into the Brewers plans. Is it absolutely necessary to spend a first-round pick on a position that appears to already have good, quality depth?
Even if the Brewers determine that it is, there are other outfielders as well as infielders who may eventually become outfielders, there may be others who rank higher on the Brewers board.
What do you think of Chase Davis as a prospect? How would you feel about him being the Brewers pick at 18th overall? Join the discussion in the comments.
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