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.
BREWERS SELECT RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER DEVIN WILLIAMS AND INFIELDER TUCKER NEUHAUS ON DAY 1 OF 2013 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
The Milwaukee Brewers tonight selected RHP Devin Williams from Hazelwood West (MO) High School in the second round (54th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and drafted INF Tucker Neuhaus out of Wharton (FL) High School with the 72nd overall selection (Competitive Balance Round B). Milwaukee forfeited its first round selection for signing right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse as a free agent.
Williams, 18, went 6-1 with a 1.02 ERA and one save in nine games as a senior at Hazelwood West (MO) High School. He struck out 93 batters and allowed just 17 hits over 48 innings pitched in 2013, limiting opponents to a .102 batting average. Williams, who was aRawlings/Perfect Game Preseason First-Team All America selection, has a commitment to play baseball at the University of Missouri. Neuhaus, 17, missed the majority of the season due to injuries. He has a commitment to the University of Louisville.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue tomorrow at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.
Hometown: Florissant, Missouri
School: Hazelwood (MO) West High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-3 Weight: 170
Born: September 21, 1994
INF Tucker Neuhaus
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
School: Wharton (FL) High School
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Born: June 18, 1995