Being undersized didn’t scare the Milwaukee Brewers off taking Sal Frelick with their first-round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, and it didn’t stop them from taking second baseman Zack Raabe in the 8th, either. tower. The junior had played for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers before being eliminated by the Brewers in 237th overall.
Raabe, a Minnesota native who turns 22 later this summer, has hit 0.324 / .399 / .451 in his three seasons with the Gophers, racking up 399 home plate appearances in 104 games. He shone last year in the pandemic shortened campaign, then followed it with a .315 / .407 / .532 slash line and six home runs and a single stolen base in 146 home plate appearances.
Ranked # 277 before the draft, here’s what Baseball America had to say about Raabe:
(277) 2B Zack Raabe
Raabe is an undersized second baseman with big league lines who carried the roster to Minnesota … has an incredible approach to the plate with batting vision, incredible batting skills and a solid area awareness typing. He carried the incredible start he made last season until this year until he collapsed on the stretchâ¦ some scouts assume the pressure of hitting over 0.400 for half of the l year with little help from the rest of the roster caused him to drop out. His tools are limited, but he’s shown a little more power this year. He’s defensively average and limited to second base, with an OK arm and below average running tool. The 21-year-old has a tough profile but he can really cast a net.
The site value for choice # 237 is $ 175,000.