MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers picked their second first baseman of the First-Year Player Draft in the 15th round (452nd overall) in power hitter David Denson out of South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Saturday.
Denson made headlines in January when he hit a ball an estimated 515 feet, with a metal bat, at Marlins Park during the Power Showcase.
That enormous power is clearly his best tool, and Denson will have to improve his overall hitting so he can tap into that power consistently at higher levels, though he's proven to be coachable.
"Denson needs to get to that power more consistently. That's the one thing," Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said. "He's a great kid. We're hoping to sign him, we want to sign him. We'll get him out there and let repetition, let development and let all that take place and you never know, you just may have a special player. The power is really good, more than special."
While he's limited to first base, Denson is a good athlete and moves well for his size. The University of Hawaii commit is also a good pitcher and hit 90 mph on the radar in high school.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.