Brewers take another outfielder to start Draft Day 2
With their fourth selection of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers took athletic high school outfielder Tyrone Taylor in the second round (No. 92 overall).
Taylor — the third outfielder selected by Milwaukee in this year’s draft — is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-hander from Torrance High School in California. Committed to Cal State Fullerton, Taylor batted .473 with six home runs, 26 RBIs and 10 stolen bases as a junior in 2011.
With his athleticism considered to be one of his best tools, Taylor also was a standout football player in high school on both sides of the ball as a running back and safety. In a release from Cal State Fullerton when Taylor committed to the school in 2011, head coach Rick Vanderhook described Taylor as “extremely talented with great instincts in the outfield.”
The 18-year-old Taylor, who played for the Brewers in the 2011 Area Code Games, was the Pioneer League’s Most Valuable Player as a junior.
Round 3, Zachary Quintana, RHP, Arbor View High School, Nevada
Listed at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Quintana is a right-handed pitcher with a fastball he said tops out at about 96 mph. Armed with a curveball and change up to go with his fastball, Quintana, who just turned 18 last month, is committed to play at San Diego State. With 13 home runs his senior year, he holds the school record at Arbor View High School.
Round 4, Tyler Wagner, RHP, Utah
As the second straight pitcher from Las Vegas taken by the Brewers, Wagner made 22 appearances for Utah this year as a junior. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander registered two saves with a 3.59 ERA. He also notched 34 strikeouts and 27 walks in 42 2/3 innings.
Wagner had a more successful sophomore campaign in 2011, boasting a 2.04 ERA and school-record 12 saves on the way to being named a First-Team All-Mountain West Conference reliever.
Round 5, Damien Magnifico, RHP, Oklahoma
Standing 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Magnifico owns a fastball that consistently hits 100 mph. The right-hander went 3-1 in seven starts this season at Oklahoma, appearing in 21 games overall with a 3.68 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.
Magnifico lacks a strong secondary pitch, although he can throw a slider, and his fastball possesses little movement. There are also injury concerns surrounding the redshirt sophomore, who had screws inserted in his elbow while in junior college.
Round 6, Angel Ortega, SS, Colegio Hector Urdaneta High School, Puerto Rico
Ortego is a slender middle infielder, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 160 pounds. The switch-hitter is committed to play college baseball at Alabama State.
Round 7, David Otterman, LHP, University of British Columbia
In 12 starts this season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Otterman went 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA. He surrendered 45 walks in 77 innings, but he also struck out 72 batters and allowed just one home run.
Round 8, Edgardo Rivero, CF, Puerto Rico Baseball Acadamy, Puerto Rico
Rivero has shown good range in the outfield but is limited by his arm. At 155 pounds, the 18-year-old likely will never be a power hitter, but he has proven to be a solid contact hitter.
Round 9, Alejandro Lavandero, RHP, Belen Jesuit Prep School, Florida
Lavandero’s fastball has been clocked as high as 92 mph. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound right-hander is a switch-hitter at the plate.
Round 10, Anthony Banda, LHP, San Jacinto College North
In 13 games this season, Banda accumulated a 7-1 record along with a 2.01 ERA. Banda, who stands 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, also struck out 73 batters in 71 2/3 innings.
Round 11, James Gainey, RHP, United States Naval Academy
As a sophomore with the Midshipmen this season, Gainey was 3-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts. He was second on the team with 54 strikeout. During his freshman year, Gainey struck out six batters in two separate relief appearances.
Round 12, Eric Semmelhack, RHP, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
A product of Oak Creek, Wis., Smmelhack is a big right-hander, standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. In his junior campaign with the Panthers, Semmelhack registered 72 strikeouts and a 3.77 ERA on the way to a 5-7 record in 15 starts.
Round 13, Alan Sharkey, 1b, Coral Springs High School, Florida
Sharkey batted .435 with 29 RBIs and four home runs in his senior year with the Colts. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound first baseman is committed to play his college baseball at Nova Southeastern University.
–– Jeremy Warnemuende