Confirmed: Draft picks Davis, Hall, Gennett all inked
The Brewers dug deep into their pockets to reach deals with their top three remaining unsigned Draft picks ahead of Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline, shelling out more than $2 million for supplemental first-round pick Kentrail Davis, fourth-rounder Brooks Hall and 16th-rounder Scooter Gennett.
With those players in the fold, the Brewers agreed to terms with each of their first 23 selections ahead of Monday’s deadline to sign selections from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
“[Management] wanted us to take the best players available, and we were happy to hear that,” director of amateur scouting Bruce Seid said. “There’s a lot of physicality, a lot of athleticism in our group. We feel like we signed everybody we wanted to sign.”
Davis, Hall and Gennett will all report to the team’s year-round facility in Phoenix, but they will not be assigned to an affiliate until 2010. The idea, Seid said, is to get the players back in baseball shape after their summer break before assignments in the fall instructional league.
Davis, a University of Tennessee outfielder who had two years of eligibility remaining, reportedly got a $1.2 million bonus, about 42 percent above Major League Baseball’s recommended bonus for the Draft’s 39th overall pick and slightly more than the Brewers paid for their first-rounder, right-hander Eric Arnett, two months ago. Arnett received $1.197 million.
“We looked at both as first-round-type guys,” Seid said. “Kentrail had options. He was sophomore-eligible in the SEC, and we knew it would take first-round money. The talent was too good to pass up.”
Hall, meanwhile, a prep right-hander who was committed to the University of South Carolina, signed for $700,000. That’s about 3 1/2 times the “slot” figure recommended by MLB for the 136th pick.
Gennett was the 496th overall pick. His bonus figure was not immediately available.
Davis was Milwaukee’s second of 53 Draft picks and the first of two supplemental first-round selections. He burst onto the scene at Tennessee in 2008, batting .330 with 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage, and followed in 2009 by hitting .308 with nine homers and 30 RBIs.
Davis is eight inches shorter than the 6-foot-5 Hall, a power right-hander. He threw a perfect game this season for T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., in which he struck out 12 batters on 76 pitches and reportedly didn’t throw a pitch below 90 mph. Hall also sports a quality slider.
The Brewers’ deals with Davis, 20, and Hall, 18, were done earlier in the day, but 18-year-old Gennett, a left-handed hitter from Sarasota, Fla., went down to the wire. The team didn’t make its announcement until the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 9-5 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park on Monday, about two hours before the deadline.
“We’ve known the kid for a couple of years and really like him,” Seid said of Gennett, who played on a showcase team run by Brewers East Coast crosschecker Doug Reynolds. “He’s a Mike Fontenot-type guy, a left-handed hitter who can play up the middle on the infield and who loves baseball. He plays it with a passion.”
In all, the Brewers signed 32 of their 53 Draft selections. The highest unsigned pick was 20th-rounder Brian Vigo-Suarez, a prep shortstop from Texas.