As I have done every year for the past few, I chose a player from the Brewers most recently completed First-Year Player Draft to interview. In keeping with the Lee University theme started by the Brewers when they drafted three of their pitchers on Day 3 of the draft, and continued by me when I interviewed the head coach at Lee, Mark Brew, I decided to reach out to the highest-picked player of the trio.
Got all that?
Regardless, on Monday evening I had the pleasure of interviewing that draft pick for a few minutes. I think you’ll enjoy his answers and learning a little bit about a guy who just might be able to somewhat rocket through the system.
In 2012-13, RHP Andy Hillis pitched in 30 games and went 3-0 with 9 Saves in the closer’s role for the Lee Flames. He posted a 0.96 ERA in his 37.1 IP and his K/BB was 66/19. Oh, and let’s not forget his velo, pitch arsenal, stature and the rest.
And did I mention that he was drafted twice before by the same team and spurned their advances both times? Who was that? What are the answers to my other questions above?
For all of that, take a few minutes and give this interview a listen to find out.
Thanks again to Andy, who you can follow on Twitter at: @andyhillis.
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.