Down on the Farm: Checking in on the Brewers 2020 Draftees

September 16th, 2021

The 2020 MLB Draft was an unprecedented one.

Taking place in the heat of a global pandemic, the draft was shortened to just five rounds (it had previously been 40), making each selection that much more important.

While we’re just over a year removed from the 2020 draft, the Brewers five selections are already looking promising. Here’s a quick check-in on the Brewers 2020 draftees.

1. Garrett Mitchell, OF, Double-A Biloxi

The Crew’s first-round pick soared through High-A in his professional debut, raking to the tune of a .359/.508/.620 slash line. He earned a call-up to Double-A Biloxi after just 20 games, a sign that he was farther along than the organization anticipated coming into the season.

Mitchell has slowed down since his promotion, but reaching Double-A in his first professional season is an impressive feat on its own.

2. Freddy Zamora, SS, High-A Wisconsin

A second-round pick from Miami, Zamora was named the Brewers MiLB Player of the Month for August after batting .402 with 10 doubles and 16 RBI. The 22-year-old split his time between Low-A Carolina and High-A Wisconsin during the month.

Zamora continued his solid play into September as well. He recently carried a 10-game hitting streak, in which he went 14-for-38 (.368) with a .929 OPS.

3. Zavier Warren, INF & C, High-A Wisconsin

The Brewers named Zavier Warren, a versatile infielder who can also play catcher, their third-round pick in 2020.

The Central Michigan product won Brewers Minor League Player of the Month for June while hitting .313 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in Low-A Carolina. He’s since been promoted to High-A Wisconsin where he is hitting .257 -- up from his .251 average in Low-A.

4. Joey Wiemer, OF, High-A Wisconsin

Joey Wiemer, the Crew’s fourth-round pick, looks like the potential steal of the draft.

The outfielder from Cincinnati has demonstrated huge power in his short time in the Minors. Wiemer has hit 25 home runs between Low-A and High-A and has 16 of those home runs since August 5, including one last night.

Look for Wiemer to be a fast riser on prospect rankings to come.

5. Hayden Cantrelle, INF, Double-A Biloxi

Fifth-round pick Hayden Cantrelle hasn’t put up big offensive numbers, but he’s moved up to Double-A in his first professional season, which is very encouraging.

Cantrelle was known for his hitting approach at Louisiana Lafayette, where he slashed .280/.405/.440 over three seasons.

Cantrelle has been with Biloxi since August 17.

Bonus Name to Watch: Keep your eye on Oak Creek, Wisconsin, product Alex Binelas -- the Crew’s third-round selection in 2021. The power hitter has put his strength on display recently with Low-A Carolina, hitting .337 with eight home runs and an OPS of 1.077 in 25 games.