GHELFI, MITCH

Position: Catcher, First Base

DOB: September 24, 1992

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 185

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (28th round, 2015)

Profile: A 28th round pick out of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015, Ghelfi is the brother of former Brewers minor league pitcher Drew Ghelfi and his father Andy spent time in the minors with the Indians, Giants and Padres. After signing with Milwaukee following the draft, Ghelfi split 2015 between the AZL Brewers and Helena. He moved up to Low-A Wisconsin to begin the 2016 season and thrived in 73 games for the Timber Rattlers before receiving a late season promotion to High-A Brevard County. A good athlete for a catcher, Ghelfi’s fundamentals need some refining behind the plate, but he has a big arm that helps to make up for any defensive deficiencies. More of a line drive hitter at this point in his career, Ghelfi shows occasional power and could develop more with consistent playing time. Though his greatest value comes if he stays behind the plate, Ghelfi plays a capable first base and that versatility will help keep his bat in the lineup.

2015: After signing with the Brewers following the draft, Ghelfi split time between Milwaukee’s two rookie league affiliates in Maryvale and Helena. He hit just .189 in 13 AZL contests but had more luck in Helena, batting .306 with five doubles over the course of 20 Pioneer League games.

2016: Ghelfi advanced to Low-A Wisconsin to begin the 2016 season and thrived in 73 games for the Timber Rattlers, batting .326 with 15 doubles and five home runs, earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team. He received a late season promotion to High-A Brevard County, finishing out the year with 30 games in the Florida State League, where he hit .248.