For first-round Draft pick
The Brewers’ fall instructional league is underway in Phoenix with a 53-man roster. The Brewers’ squad played against the Giants on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., the first of 25 games against other organizations.
Teams are following many of the same health and safety protocols that guided Major League players through their shortened season. From intake testing earlier this month through the final game on Nov. 12, the program covers about six weeks, an opportunity to make up for lost time.
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Players range in age from 17 to 26. In addition to games five to six days per week, the Brewers will have work groups each day to ensure that players get individual skill work.
For at least eight players, acquired by the Brewers in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be their introduction to Milwaukee’s system. That group includes four of the Brewers’ five 2020 Draft picks — Mitchell, catcher
Of the Brewers’ five 2020 Draft picks, only second-rounder
Warren, Wiemer and Cantrelle got at-bats over the summer in independent leagues, but Mitchell, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization’s top prospect,