It’s here! With the draft come and gone I have once again put together a podcast for your listening pleasure.
I talk to two of the Brewers draft picks this year, a tradition I started several years ago at this point, as I had the chance to interview top pick Corey Ray and 6th rounder Payton Henry. You’ll also hear some audio from the Director of Amateur Scouting for the Brewers, Ray Montgomery, as well as MLB veteran Curtis Granderson who has been a mentor for Corey over the last couple of years.
I might post a follow-up interview that I wanted to conduct but haven’t yet had a chance to complete due to scheduling conflicts but I wanted to get this up for now without it just in case it never happens.
But for now, listen to this and let me know what you think.
Team Selects OF Corey Ray, 3B Lucas Erceg and C Mario Feliciano
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers made three selections during day one of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The team selected outfielder Corey Ray (University of Louisville), third baseman Lucas Erceg (Menlo College) and catcher Mario Feliciano (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy) with the fifth, 46th and 75th picks, respectively. The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
Ray, a junior at the University of Louisville, batted .319 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 44 stolen bases, a .396 OBP and a .562 slugging percentage this season. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter is majoring in exercise science. He was scouted by area scout Jeff Simpson and regional supervisor Tim McIlvaine.
Erceg, 21, is a junior at Menlo College. He hit .308 (70-for-227) with 47 runs, 15 doubles, 20 home runs, 56 RBI with a .351 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage in 56 games this season. He was scouted by area scout Joe Graham and regional supervisor Corey Rodriguez.
Feliciano, 17, is a senior at the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy. He was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American and was scouted by area scout Charlie Sullivan and national supervisor Doug Reynolds.
The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday with rounds 11-40.
Here it is!
We talk all things 2015 Brewers Draft including a pair of draft pick interviews as well as touching base with the first Brewers draftee interview I ever did for the podcast. I also sit down with Nick Faleris of PerfectGame.com and BaseballProspectus.com for his tuned in take on the Brewers draft.
The Day 1 audio I recorded at Miller Park is included as well so you’ll hear from the general manager Doug Melvin, and the director of amateur scouting Ray Montomgery and his staff on the first three picks.
Official Release regarding the Day 2 Draft Choices:
The Milwaukee Brewers made eight selections during the second day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft from rounds 3-10 this afternoon. Milwaukee selected four right-handed pitchers, two outfielders, one infielder and one catcher today.
The Brewers drafted RHP Cy Sneed From Dallas Baptist University with their third-round selection (85th overall). He went 8-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts (104ip, 41er) during his junior season. Sneed, the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Idaho, was drafted out of high school by the Rangers in the 34th round of the 2011 draft, but chose to attend Dallas Baptist University. His older brother, Zeb, is a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Milwaukee selected CF Troy Stokes, Jr. from Calvert Hall College (MD) High School in the fourth round (116th overall). The speedy outfielder has a commitment to the University of Maryland. In the fifth round, the Brewers chose 3B Dustin DeMuth from Indiana University. DeMuth led the Hoosiers with a .374 batting average (79-for-211) and added five home runs and 40 RBI in 57 games during his senior season. As a junior, he was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection. Demuth was previously drafted by the Twins in the eighth round of the 2013 draft, but did not sign.
RHP David Burkhalter was the last high school player taken by the Brewers on Day Two (6th round, 176th overall). The high school senior finished the year 7-3 with a 0.70 ERA this season and gave up seven earned runs in 70 innings pitched and recorded 104 strikeouts.
A redshirt junior at Kansas State University, RF Mitchell Meyer was selected in the 7th round (206th overall) by the Brewers. He hit .264 (39-for-148) with eight doubles, one triple, three homes and 26 RBI in 51 games for the Wildcats this season.
The Brewers used their 8th and 10th round selections to select a pair of college right-handed pitchers. Jeffrey (J.B.) Kole was selected 236th overall and finished his 2014 campaign strong for Villanova, finishing 3-0 and allowing just three earned runs over his final 21.1 innings pitched this season. Javier Salas, a senior from the University of Miami, was selected with the 296thoverall selection today. Salas went 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 52.1 innings. On March 4, against Kole’s Villanova Wildcats, Salas tossed the second perfect game in Hurricanes history.
The only catcher selected by the Brewers today was Greg McCall from the University of Texas-Arlington (9th round/266th overall). A junior, McCall hit .238 (51-for-214) with 11 home runs and 48 RBI for the Mavericks.
Overall, the Brewers have made 11 selections over the first two days of the draft, which includes six college players and five high school players. Milwaukee has selected five pitchers (one left-handers and four right-handers), two infielders, three outfielders and one catcher.
Round: 3, Overall pick: 85
Cy Sneed – RHP – Dallas Baptist
6’4″ – 185 lbs – Age: 21
MLB.com profile: The younger brother of Royals right-handed pitching prospect Zeb Sneed, Cy could have preceded him in pro ball, but he declined to sign with the Rangers as a 35th-round pick out of an Idaho high school in 2011. He instead headed to Dallas Baptist, where he has been a rotation mainstay since the first weekend of his college career. Like his brother, Sneed relies mainly on his arm strength. He maintains a 90-92 mph fastball deep into games and is capable of reaching 95, though his heater is a bit straight. For now, the rest of Sneed’s arsenal is ordinary. He has some feel for using a three-pitch mix, though neither his curveball nor his changeup is a consistently average pitch. He throws a decent amount of strikes, but his command isn’t terribly reliable, so he could wind up as a reliever down the road.
MLB.com Scouting Video:
Round: 4, Overall pick: 116
Troy Stokes – CF – Calvert Hall College High School
5’8″ – 182 lbs – Age: 18 – B/T: R/R
MLB.com profile: Stokes may not have a true plus tool but he lacks any real weakness in his game with all of his tools having the chance to be average or better. Stokes’ best tool is his speed which will allow him to have solid range in center and steal a good amount of bases in pro ball. At the plate, he has shown a very advanced approach along with great discipline and many feel that he has a chance to be an above-average hitter in the future. He also has shown more power and harder contact lately, but at this point, it is more double power than home run pop.
Round: 5, Overall pick: 146
Dustin DeMuth – 3B – Indiana University
6’3″ – 215 lbs – Age: 22 – B/T: L/R
MLB.com profile: The Indiana senior has had a great spring, and his bat is most likely what will get him drafted. At the plate, DeMuth has a smooth swing and decent bat speed, and he has always shown the ability to hit for a high average. He also has good power to the gaps, but some wonder if he will have enough power to profile at a corner. Defensively, DeMuth has a strong arm and good actions at third, and he should be able to stick there long term. A team that wants an advanced, fast-moving college hitter could overlook his lack of homer power and take him as a senior sign.
Round: 6, Overall pick: 176
David Burkhalter – RHP – Ruston HS (Louisiana)
6’3″ – 190 lbs – Age: 18
Round: 7, Overall pick: 206
Mitch Meyer – RF – Kansas State University
6’2″ – 190 lbs – Age: 22 – B/T: L/R
Round: 8, Overall pick: 236
J.B. Kole – RHP – Villanova
6’4″ – 200 lbs – Age: 21
Round: 9, Overall pick: 266
Greg McCall – C – University of Texas – Arlington
6’1″ – 215 lbs – Age: 22 – B/T: L/R
Round: 10, Overall pick: 296
Javi Salas – RHP – University of Miami
6’4″ – 225 lbs – Age: 22
Here are the comments after Day 1 of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft from General Manager Doug Melvin and Director of Amateur Scouting Bruce Seid.
Here’s the audio from a quick media availability with Kodi Medeiros.
The interview is roughly nine minutes long.
And since I didn’t put it on the other post, Kodi Medeiros is on Twitter. Follow him: @kodi_medeiros
The deadline for players taken in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft is today at 4:00pm CDT.
The Brewers got much of their heavy lifting done early on, and as of this writing have announced agreements with 31 of their 40 draftees, including all of their first 15 choices. According to the intrepid reporting of Jim Callis and the rest of the Baseball America staff, we easily can find out that Milwaukee has spent $3,880,300 of its available pool money of $3,944,600, leaving them $64,300 “under budget.”
A couple of those unsigned picks have publicly indicated that they will not sign (including one such choice who declared his intention before the draft ever began back in June) so they come as no surprise. Probably the only player left in true limbo from what I’ve seen is 16th rounder Corey Miller, a RHP from Pepperdine University. The Brewers could offer him more than their remaining budget but there are penalties associated with that kind of thing.
***UPDATE: Corey Miller told me directly that he is going to return to Pepperdine for his senior season.***
Assuming no one else signs, the Brewers will have added 18 pitchers (13 RHP, five LHP), two catchers, three first basemen, two shortstops, and six outfielders. No official second or third basemen in the bunch but players switch positions often enough that it wouldn’t be so odd to see one or more of those out of this group at some point.
Time will tell soon if anybody else gets added to the roster out of the draft group, but between the 31 signees and several undrafted free agents, the Brewers feel as though they have added some quality gentlemen with a chance to contribute down the road.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that the Club has signed 17 additional players from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. With these signings, the Brewers have now signed each of their first nine draft selections and 22 overall draft picks. Yesterday, the Brewers announced the signings of their first five draft selections. Today’s draft signings include:
Round / Player / Position / School / Minor League Assignment
6. Garrett Cooper / 1B / Auburn University / Helena
7. Omar Garcia / CF / Miami Dade CC / Helena
8. Brandon Diaz / CF / American Heritage (FL) HS / Arizona
9. Tyler Linehan / LHP / Fresno State University / Helena
11. Andy Hillis / RHP / Lee University / Helena
13. Tanner Norton / C / Bishop Brossart (KY) HS / Arizona
17. Brandon Moore / RHP / University of Arkansas / Helena
18. Clint Terry / LHP / Lee University / Arizona
21. Tristan Archer / RHP / Tennessee Tech University / Helena
23. Eric Williams / CF / Sachse (TX) High School / Arizona
24. Chris Razo / RHP / Illinois State University / Helena
25. Drew Ghelfi / RHP / University of Minnesota / Arizona
28. Alex Moore / RHP / Lee University / Arizona
31. Tanner Poppe / RHP / University of Kansas / Arizona
34. Dylan Brock / RHP / Glendale CC / Arizona
38. Charlie Markson / CF / University of Notre Dame / Helena
39. John Cleary / C / University of Maryland / Helena
In addition, the Brewers signed four non-drafted players today. They include:
Player / Position / School / Minor League Assignment
Sean Wardour / RHP / Cal State Dominguez Hills / Arizona
Harvey Martin / RHP / Minnesota State-Mankato / Helena
Nathan Orf / UTL / Baylor University / Helena
Scott Harkin / RHP / Sonoma State University / Arizona
The advanced rookie-level Helena Brewers begin their season this Thursday at the Missoula Osprey, the rookie affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The rookie-level Arizona Brewers begin their season on Thursday at the Arizona Dodgers.
The Brewers participated in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft over the weekend, as did all 30 MLB teams.
The Brewers selected a total of 40 players across the three days, with 30 of those picks coming on the third day, Saturday. Of those 30 picks, 10% of them were from the same school, and even more than that the same pitching staff.
11th round choice Andy Hillis, 18th rounder Clint Terry, and Alex Moore in the 28th round were three of a total of five pitchers drafted out of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. I figured that there must be something to that so I did what any curious mind would do. I contacted the Head Coach of the Lee Flames, Mark Brew.
As a quick sidebar, can we talk about how awesomely coincidental it is that the coach’s last name is Brew?
Anyway, Coach Brew was gracious enough to talk to me for a little while on Saturday evening. Linked here is the audio of the interview for your listening pleasure. We talk about all three players that the Brewers drafted, their production at Lee, whether their coach thinks they’ll return to school, and what he projects the roles to be for anyone going pro. We also talk a bit about Coach Brew himself; how he got started at Lee, the program’s success and future, and how he’d like to spend some off days in the future.
It’s a touch under 15:00 in length and definitely worth your time to listen if you’re interested in the prospects of some possible future Brewers pitching.
Listen to the interview here (if the Shockwave plug-in is working) or if you’d like to download it for listening later, just click here to download.
For more on Coach Mark Brew, click here to see his profile on the Lee University Athletics website.
The Milwaukee Brewers made eight selections during the second day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft today from Rounds 3-10. Milwaukee selected three right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, one infielder and three outfielders on Day 2.
The Brewers drafted RHP Barrett Astin from the University of Arkansas with their third-round selection (90th overall). He went 4-4 with a 1.79 ERA and one save in 18 games (14 starts) for the Razorbacks this season after spending 2012 as the team’s closer (11 saves in 2012). In 90.2 innings this season, he allowed 85 hits, including just one home run, and struck out 74 batters.
Milwaukee selected RHP Taylor Williams from Kent State University with their fourth-round selection (122 overall). A First Team All-MAC selection in his junior campaign, he led the Golden Flashes with a 10-1 record and a 2.47 ERA in 15 starts, including three complete games. He only surrendered 29 earned runs in 105.2 innings this season while striking out 110 batters.
With their fifth-round pick (152nd overall), the Brewers selected RHP Josh Uhen from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Uhen, an Oshkosh, WI native, made 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Panthers in his redshirt sophomore season this year. He compiled a 1-0 record with a 3.80 ERA in 21.1 innings with 19 strikeouts.
The Brewers drafted 1B Garrett Cooper out of the University of Auburn with their sixth-round selection (182 overall). The 6’6” first baseman batted a team-leading .354 with seven home runs and 37 RBI this past season. He was named to the Second Team All-SEC squad.
Milwaukee selected CF Omar Garcia from Miami Dade Community College South with their seventh-round selection (212th overall). The speedy outfielder (6.3 in the 60-yard dash) batted .447, stole 32 bases and scored 39 runs for the Sharks, leading them to an overall record of 38-10 and the 2013 Southern Conference title.
With their eighth-round pick (242nd overall), the Brewers selected CF Brandon Diaz from American Heritage (FL) High School. The right-handed batter helped lead the Patriots to a 25-4 record in his senior season. He batted .478 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and 44 runs scored over 28 games.
Milwaukee drafted LHP Tyler Linehan out of Fresno State University with their ninth-round selection (272nd overall). Linehan was 3-7 with a 5.90 ERA in 19 appearances (seven starts) while striking out 28 batters over 50.1 innings in his junior season. The lefty compiled a 11-14 record with a 4.59 ERA over 46 appearances (28 starts) in three seasons for the Bulldogs. He was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week in his sophomore season (February 13-19, 2012) and the WAC Pitcher of the Week, also in his sophomore season (May 7-13, 2012).
The Brewers selected Rice University LF Michael Ratterree with their 10th-round pick (302nd overall), their last selection of Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Ratterree batted .282 with nine home runs and 41 RBI for the Owls in his senior season. He was chosen as a Freshman All-American in 2010 by Collegiate Baseball, a 2011 Second Team ABCA All-South Region selection and was named to the 2012 Conference USA Academic Honor Roll. In his four years at Rice, he batted .282 with 31 homers, 190 RBI and 193 runs scored in 244 games.
Overall, the Brewers have made 10 selections over the first two days of the draft, which includes seven college players and three high school players. Milwaukee has selected five pitchers (one left-hander and four right-handers), two infielders and three outfielders.