Side gig for Greinke: Draft advisor

Here’s a new role for Brewers ace Zack Greinke: Draft advisor.

Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio was praising Greinke’s intelligence and awareness when he revealed Saturday that Greinke asked for video of prospective Brewers Draft picks last May. He studied different pitchers and offered recommendations before the Brewers selected pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Greinke is more involved than some fans think, Attanasio said. He recommended that coaches save bunt defense for later in camp, so the coaches made some slight alterations to the schedule.

“We had a nice laugh about that,” Attanasio said. “He’s a very thoughtful guy.”

Greinke is a free agent at season’s end, and the Brewers are formulating a plan for contract extension talks. Attanasio declined to offer specifics of that plan, did address the fact that Greinke, for now, is acting as his own agent.

“Zack is a very smart guy,” Attanasio said. “He’s very aware of things that are going on.”

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