Brewers quiet in Rule 5 Draft

The Brewers passed on the Major League phase of the Draft, which has not yielded them a big-league contributor since Jeff Bennett in 2004, but did lose a player. The Mariners took Triple-A left-hander Lucas Luetge with the third overall selection after he went 1-3 with a 3.13 ERA and three saves in 45 relief appearances and one start with Double-A Huntsville in 2011.

“He’s a three-pitch guy, and obviously the other team saw something in him,” Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said.

In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Brewers picked Domnit Bolivar from the Cardinals. He’s a shortstop, a position at which the Brewers are thin throughout the system, and batted a combined .276 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs between Class A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield.

Interestingly, the Cardinals took outfielder Erik Komatsu from the Nationals in the Major League phase. Komatsu was Milwaukee’s Minor League player of the year in 2010, and was traded to Washington in July for veteran infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. because the Brewers were flush with advanced outfield prospects.

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