MARIO FELICIANO MILWAUKEE #9
Mario Feliciano | Rank: 9 (Preseason: 14)
Team: Carolina Mudcats (A Adv)ETA: 2020Position: CAge: 20 DOB: 11/20/1998Bats: R Throws: RHeight: 6′ 1″ Weight: 195 lb.Drafted: 2016, CBB (75) – MILScouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
As a high school senior in Puerto Rico in 2016, Feliciano impressed scouts with his hitting ability, power potential and overall athleticism behind the plate. The Brewers took him with the No. 75 overall pick that June, signing him for $800,000. After a solid first full season at Class A Wisconsin that included Midwest League All-Star honors, nagging injuries plagued Feliciano in 2018, limiting him to just 42 regular-season games. He was assigned to the Arizona Fall League after the season so that he could make up some of the lost developmental time but instead experienced shoulder discomfort and underwent arthroscopic surgery in November.
The Brewers continue to be high on the young catcher’s upside at the plate. Feliciano works with a clean right-handed swing when he’s healthy, showing feel for the barrel and the ability to make hard contact to all fields that portend to solid averages in his future. That knack for making contact can also work against Feliciano, at times causing him to expand his zone and make weak contact on pitches off the plate. And while his average raw power hasn’t shown up in games yet, the Brewers believe he’ll have at least modest over-the-fence power once he adds more strength and learns to better leverage his swing.
Feliciano is an impressive athlete who runs surprisingly well and shows agility behind the plate. He’s a solid receiver and framer, especially to his glove side, while his quick transfer and above-average arm strength translate to average-or-better pop times. Many of the defensive gains he needs to make should happen organically with health and experience, and club officials are confident he’ll make enough adjustments along the way to allow his bat-first profile to play at the highest level.