Agent: Prospect Brewer committed to baseball

The agent for aptly-named Brewers infielder Brent Brewer insists that his client is not mulling a move back to college football.

The website reported that Brewer, who was committed to Florida State before the Brewers made him their second-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, was scheduled to visit Oklahoma State University this weekend. Another online report said he visited New Mexico State on September.

Not true, according to agent Josh Kusnick.

“He was down at the end of the year and maybe he was thinking about football, but he hasn’t gone on any visits and he’s definitely not going on any visits,” Kusnick said on Friday. “He assuredly is not going to play football. He’s focused on going to the big leagues.”

Kusnick passed along a text message he said was from Brewer that said, “I [am going to] make it to the League, man. So you better be ready to make some deals happen.”

“That’s pretty reassuring, isn’t it?” Kusnick said.

Brewer, a shortstop, has great raw tools that have yet to translate to professional baseball. He batted .222 at Class-A Brevard County in 2009 with one home run, 29 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. In four seasons in Milwaukee’s farm system, he is a .241 hitter with a .308 on-base percentage.

“I know that mentally, Brent was not there at the end of the season and it probably had something to do with football,” Brewers farm director Reid Nichols wrote in an e-mail. “He was not outspoken about it, but he had been contemplating trying it. My feeling is that if he isn’t with us mentally, he isn’t going to be able to help any team. He needs to get his head and heart where he wants to be.”

The Brewers gave Brewer at $600,000 signing bonus to lure him away from football in 2006.


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