by John Vittas
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Maryland 3B Jose Cuas in the 11th Round of the 2015 MLB Draft Wednesday. Cuas could join teammate Jake Drossner in the Brewers system. He is the fourth Terrapin to be drafted by Milwaukee in the last four seasons.
Cuas led the Terps in home runs (11) and RBIs (53) in 2015, finishing top-5 in the Big Ten in both of those categories. The third baseman has over 585 at bats of D-I experience, and has developed into a potential five-tool player.
“It’s an honor to be a part of a special group,” Cuas said. “I’m excited to get my professional career started this summer. Playing for the University of Maryland has definitely prepared me for this moment.”
The lone concern with the Brooklyn native is the hit tool, as he batted just .242 in his college career.
“Offensively, Cuas puts on a show in BP and has proven a capable run producer in clutch situations,” Jon Lewis said in MBN’s Maryland Draft Preview. “Ideally, you would like to see the average closer to .280 and the strikeouts subside. The team that drafts Cuas can dream on his offensive potential coming to fruition.”
Cuas has a plus arm, raw power and loads of athleticism, making him a high-ceiling option for the Brewers.
The New Yorker was previously drafted in the 40th Round of the 2012 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Grand Street Campus HS, but chose to come to the University of Maryland.
Cuas was selected 331st overall this time around. He will have to make a deal with the Brewers by July 17, or he would return to College Park in the fall.
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