Milwaukee Brewers Select College Bat with Pick 28

The Milwaukee Brewers have made their first two selections in the Major League Baseball ”Two-Thousand and Twelve First-Year Player Draft.”

(Yes, that’s an homage to the commissioner’s long-winded setup prior to each pick delivery at the podium.)

With the 28th selection, the Brewers took: Victor Roache, a 6’1″ 225 lb outfielder from Georgia Southern University.

Roache bats and throws right-handed.

MLB.com lists Roache as its 27th overall prospect available in this draft.

“A raw hitter coming out of the Michigan high school ranks in 2009, Roache’s years at Georgia Southern have served him well.

“A strong, physical specimen, Roache has plus bat speed and raw power, with the ability to hit the ball out to all fields. He has a solid approach at the plate, with good pitch recognition and rarely gets cheated. Speed isn’t a part of his game, but he’s a capable outfielder with enough range and arm to handle an outfield corner at the next level. He certainly looks the part and plays the game hard.

“There may be some who’ll question if he’ll hit enough to tap into that power, but it shouldn’t be a huge concern. Power in an advanced bat is always highly sought after (see Choice, Michael) and with a good spring, Roache should see him near the top of many Draft boards.”

ESPN.com ranks Roache 88th overall and has this to say:

“Roache may have gone in the first round prior to the broken wrist he suffered in February, ending his season, but wasn’t a first-round talent, just a one-tool player who has plus raw power but lacks the hit tool to get to it. Drafted in the 25th round by Detroit in 2009, Roache is a dead-pull hitter who collapses his back side as he tries to jerk everything out to left field, but showed on the Cape last summer that he couldn’t adjust to offspeed pitches, especially those on the outer half that he couldn’t pull.

“He’s a fair athlete who probably ends up in left field in pro ball. He’ll turn 21 in September, making him one of the younger college position players in the draft, but he’ll have to return to action and show he can make adjustments so that he’ll hit enough to let his power play.”

***UPDATE: Here are some quotes from Roache as he joined the media on a conference call tonight…***

Roache said that the broken wrist that cost him most of this past season would preclude him from playing pro ball this summer. He said he was about 4-6 weeks away from being cleared for all baseball activities.

“It was tough, breaking my wrist six games into the season. It was a hard pill to swallow.

“I was in a cast for seven weeks. I’m on the road to recovery right now. It’s going very well. The doctor said I’m in for a 100% recovery. I just have to take my time and not rush, and build my full strength back. I was strictly working on range of motion.

“The broken bone was the least of their worries. Dr. Hunt’s main concern was the ulnar joint was dislocated. He put pins in there and casted it up, and it remained stable and back to normal. In a week or two, I’ll pick up a bat and swing a little.

“Hopefully, by the end of the summer or early fall, I’ll be back on the field playing again. I heard someone say to get ready to go for instructional (camp in the fall), maybe go play winter ball and go from there.

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m very thankful to still be considered a first-round pick. That means a lot to me for the Brewers to still have faith in my talent and take a chance and draft me in the 28th spot. That motivates me even more to give it 100% and get back on the field as soon as possible, and produce for them for the next 10-15 years.”

You can follow Victor Roache on Twitter at: @_Heavy28Hitter_

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