Brewers go for big bats on Draft Day 1

After nabbing a pair of power arms in the first round last year, the Brewers went for power bats this time.

Blessed with a pair of first-round selections for the second straight First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers picked catcher Clint Coulter at 27th overall and Georgia Southern University outfielder Victor Roache at No. 28. Both are right-handed hitters, Coulter a prep player who was linked to the Brewers for weeks before the Draft, and Roache a collegian coming off a serious injury.

The Brewers picked another big bat in the supplemental round, using the 38th overall selection on Cal Poly San Luis Obispo outfielder Mitch Haniger.

“We think there’s a shortage of is power [in the Minor Leagues], and in the Draft there’s a shortage of power, too,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “But all three players aren’t just power, softball-type players. They are all guys that can play a position.

“This goes in cycles sometimes. We had some pitching last year, and now these are [hitters] who fit some of our needs in the organization.”

The selections snapped the Brewers’ three-year streak of picking pitchers in the first round. They took Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley in 2011, Dylan Covey in ’10 (he did not sign) and Eric Arnett in ’09.

“That’s the way the board was lined up,” amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said. “We had high school, college pitchers; we had a couple of college bats. We’re just happy the bats got to us. We were a little nervous for a second.”

For much, much more on the Brewers’ picks, check out Brewers.com. You’ll find a story tying a bow on the Brewers’ trio of Day 1 picks, plus stories on why Coulter sparked memories of Brett Lawrie, and why Roache represents a calculated gamble.

And then be sure to tune into this space tomorrow as young Jeremy Warnemuende takes over. He’ll be reporting and blogging throughout Day 2 of the Draft, which begins at 11 a.m. CT and covers Rounds 2-15. Lots of good players come out of those rounds — including Tuesday’s Brewers starter, Yovani Gallardo.

Jeremy will also have stories on Draft Day 3 on Wednesday.

Enjoy!

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