Brewers go for pitching in first round of Draft

For the third straight year under amateur scouting director Bruce Seid, the Brewers used a first-round Draft pick on a pitcher. Seid hopes the third time is the charm.

This time, he’s got some insurance.

The Brewers spent the 12th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on University of Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann, then picked Georgia Tech left-hander Jed Bradley 15th overall. The team had two first-round selections this year because they didn’t sign their first-rounder in 2010.

If you like big, strong pitchers, you’ll like the Brewers’ picks. Jungmann is 6-foot-6, 220 pounds and one of three finalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, which goes annually to the best player in amateur baseball. Bradley is 6-foot-4, 224 pounds and boosted his stock last summer in the Cape Cod League.

Both are coming off their junior seasons; Jungmann is 21 and Bradley will turn 21 on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Jungmann is 13-1 with a 1.39 ERA this season for Texas, including a scoreless inning of relief earlier Monday in the Longhorns’ regional win over Kent State. Texas advanced to the Super Regional for the eighth time since 2000.

Bradley went 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts at Georgia Tech and struck out 106 batters in 98 innings.

Milwaukee has had mixed results drafting pitchers in the first round. Seid took over the team’s top amateur scouting slot in 2009 and spent a first-round pick on Indiana University right-hander Eric Arnett, who has struggled mightily as a professional and is currently at extended spring camp rehabbing a shoulder issue. Seid followed in 2010 with Dylan Covey, a prep right-hander from Pasadena, Calif. who was poised to sign last August when his physical exam revealed he was Type 1 diabetic. Covey opted to attend the University of San Diego instead. <

Before Arnett, the Brewers had not used their first overall pick on a pitcher since prep righty Jeremy Jeffress in 2006. He was traded to the Royals last winter in the Zack Greinke deal. The team’s top pick in 2005 was another prep righty, Mark Rogers, who is currently considered the team’s top pitching prospect but has dealt shoulder problems in the past and a wrist injury this season.

The last first-round Draft pick to pitch an extended period of time with the Brewers was 1999’s Ben Sheets.

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