This week, in honor of the MLB Draft and the Brewers having the 5th overall selection, I present to you the last 2 #5 picks that the Brewers have had.
Braun was the 5th overall pick in the 2005 draft and was featured in the 2005 Topps Update Set. Braun was Baseball America’s Freshman of the Year in 2003, hitting .364 with 17 home runs and 76 RBI for the University of Miami.
In 2005, he hit .388 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI with the Hurricanes. He played in the College World Series that year, then signed with the Brewers and reported to Helena in the Rookie League. Braun hit .341 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI in 10 games to earn a promotion to Single-A West Virginia. He finished 2005 there with a .355 average with 8 home runs and 35 RBI in 37 games.
Braun has gone on to be one of the all-time greats in Brewer history. He has the most home runs with 266 and counting. He is climbing the leaderboard in batting average (2nd with .304), hits (5th with 1,502), doubles (4th with 304), triples (4th with 40), and RBI (3rd with 881).
Rogers was drafted by the Brewers with the 5th overall selection in the 2004 MLB Draft out of high school. He was also featured in the 2005 Topps Update Set. The hard-throwing right-hander reported to the Arizona Rookie League. He went 0-3 with a 4.72 ERA in his first professional experience, striking out 35 in 26.2 innings.
Rogers spent 2005 with Single-A West Virginia. He posted a 2-9 record with a 5.11 ERA. He again had a good strikeout rate with 109 in 98.2 innings, but he was just too hittable.
Rogers never materialized as the ace they had hoped for. He was eventually granted free agency after the 2013 season. He tried to latch on with the Mariners and the Rangers, but he was not able to pitch his way on to their rosters.