Brewers make lefty Medeiros their first-round pick

The Brewers added to their growing stable of pitching prospects by selecting prep left-hander Kodi Medeiros with the 12th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.

Medeiros, who hails from Hawaii and reportedly dazzled Brewers scouts in a workout at Miller Park last week, was Milwaukee’s highest draft pick since the team took right-hander Taylor Jungmann at No. 12 in 2011. It marks the second straight season that the Brewers used their top pick on a high school arm.

“It’s just a dream come true,” Medeiros said at MLB Network’s studios, where he attended the Draft in person. “All the hard work and sacrifices and all the help from my family and my brother and everyone else who helped me along the way. It just paid off.”

The hard work included a showcase at Miller Park one week earlier, where Medeiros touched 97 mph, according to MLB.com Draft guru Jonathan Mayo, and generally impressed Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid and his staff.

He also met with Brewers officials in Arizona.

“It was really great to see other potential draft picks at Milwaukee,” Medeiros told the newspaper West Hawaii Today for a pre-Draft story. “One scout said I touched 97 mph. I’m happy about that. Miller Park is a pretty cool stadium to pitch in as well. In Arizona, I met with the scouting director, and he gave me a tour of the Spring Training complex for the minors and majors. It’s pretty incredible.”

According to that story, Medeiros measured 6-foot-2 and weighed 196 pounds, slightly higher than other sources list him. He throws from a low arm slot and has notable movement on his fastball.

“He cannot throw a fastball straight,” said MLB Network analyst Jon Hart. “Some people question start/relief. I don’t. I like this guy as a starter.”

In his senior season at Waiakea High School, Medeiros was 7-1 with a 0.97 ERA in 43 1/3 innings. He walked 15 batters and struck out 83. He is committed to Pepperdine University if he does not sign with the Brewers, but the slot value assigned the 12th overall is significant: $2,805,700.

Medeiros was the first of three Brewers selections on Day 1 of the Draft.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 11:30 a.m. CT, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 12 p.m. CT.

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