Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid confirmed that the Brewers have had one of their scouts — Jeremy Booth — monitor a pair of throwing sessions by D-backs first-round Draft pick Barrett Loux. The right-hander was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball after medical concerns got in the way of his signing with Arizona.
As I wrote last night
, it makes sense that the Brewers are one of the clubs taking a look at Loux. He fits the mold of pitcher they prefer — 6-foot-4 with a 91-94 mph fastball when healthy — and the Brewers have some money left in the budget after their own first-round pick, right-hander Dylan Covey, went unsigned after a surprise Diabetes diagnosis.
“We’ve known Barrett since high school and we like the talent,” Seid wrote in an e-mail to MLB.com. “We have seen him a lot this year and in years past. … We are in the process of weighing out our risk/reward assessment based on his medical [reports] with our staff. So, as we would every player we have interest in, we are following-up to see his progress since he has had a long layoff.”
The Astros, Marlins, Rangers, Cubs, Twins, Giants, Phillies and Mariners were also on hand to watch Loux throw between 50 and 60 pitches for about 25 minutes on Thursday afternoon in College Station, Tex.