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First-round Draft order set

As pointed out by my colleague Jonathan Mayo, the Twins’ agreement with right-hander Carl Pavano set the first-round order for the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Pavano was the last Type A free agent available on the market. 

The Brewers own two picks in the first round — 12th and 15th overall. Pick No. 12 is Milwaukee’s regularly-scheduled selection, and No. 15 is compensation for not signing their top pick from 2010, prep right-hander Dylan Covey. You’ll remember that Covey’s deal fell through after he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. 
Here’s the first-round order, courtesy of Mayo:
1 Pirates
2 Mariners
3 D-backs
4 Orioles
5 Royals
6 Nationals
7 D-backs
8 Indians
9 Cubs
10 Padres
11 Astros
12 Brewers
13 Mets
14 Marlins
15 Brewers
16 Dodgers
17 Angels
18 Athletics
19 Red Sox
20 Rockies
21 Blue Jays
22 Cardinals
23 Nationals
24 Rays
25 Padres
26 Red Sox
27 Reds
28 Braves
29 Giants
30 Twins
31 Rays
32 Rays
33 Phillies
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More Draft signings

Copying and pasting here from a Brewers news release:

The Brewers have signed three additional players from the 2009 First Year Player Draft as well as two non-drafted players.
7th Round – Khris Davis- 6/26 – Assigned to Helena
8th Round – Chad Stang – 6/26 – Assigned to Helena
25th Round – Demetrius McKelvie – 6/25 – Assigned to Arizona
Post Draft – Andrew Sauter – 6/22 – Assigned to Arizona [Followed up on this one and I am told that Sauter is a right-handed pitcher from the University of Texas-Arlington.]

The Brewers have also signed RHP Andrew Dunn. Dunn recently completed his senior season at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  He was not selected in the 2009 First Year Player Draft.
A total of 26 players have been signed from the 2009 draft, plus four non-drafted players.

Brewers announce latest Draft signings

The Brewers formally announced today that they had signed second-round Draft pick Cameron Garfield, a high school catcher from Southern California, plus three others:

  • Right-hander Robert Currie (12th round, 376th overall)
  • Right-hander Jose Oviedo (31st round, 946th overall)
  • Left-hander Matt Costello (35th round, 1,066th overall)

Garfield and Currie were assigned to Helena in the advanced rookie Pioneer League. Oviedo and Costello will go to the Brewers’ other rookie affiliate in the Arizona League.

The Brewers have signed 25 total players since the Draft, including 23 picks and two undrafted free agents.

Final Day 1 pick is Tulane SS Prince

One final blurb on the Brewers’ sixth and final pick on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft:

Round 3, Josh Prince, SS, Tulane University:  Another college junior, Prince is a quality defender and runner who ranked among the nation’s collegiate leaders with 43 stolen bases this season. He led the Green Wave with a .342 batting average on the strength of 23 extra-base hits, including six home runs.  He was named second team All-Conference USA.

Brewers go for high schoolers in Round 2

Two more blurbs about the Brewers’ back-to-back picks in the second round, Nos. 73 and 74 overall:

Round 2, Max Walla, OF, Albuquerque Academy (N.M.):   Described in his scouting report as offense-first, defense second, Walla should fit right into an organization that has found homes for similarly-described players over the past 5-7 years. He’s a 5-foot-11 left-handed hitter and thrower described as a “Brian Giles type” who probably fits in an outfield corner.

Round 2, Cameron Garfield, C, Murrieta Valley HS (Calif.): After selecting collegiate players with their first three picks, the Brewers go with a pair of high schoolers in consecutive selections in the second round. He has decent offensive skills and a plus throwing arm, but was limited to designated hitter duties for much of his senior season because of an ankle injury.

Crew nabs hard-thrower Heckathorn at No. 47

Another blurb, this one on a familiar name who went to the Brewers with their second first-round sandwich pick:

Supplemental Rd. 1, Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Kennesaw State (Ga.):  No surprise to see the Brewers jump on the 6-foot-6, 240 pounder, who, like Arnett, is a hard-thrower coming off his junior season in college. Club officials were not shy in the weeks leading up to the Draft in saying they were high on Heckathorn, who can reach 99 mph with his fastball but sits more comfortably in the 94-97 mph range, and also features a hard slider. He was 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings for the Kennesaw State this season, including a 15-strikeout game. Like Davis, he turns 21 later this month. Some mock Drafts had Heckathorn going to the Brewers in the first round.

Brewers spend second pick on Tennessee OF

Here’s my blurb on University of Tennessee outfielder Kentrail Davis, who just went to the Brewers with the 39th pick in the First-Year Player Draft. It was the first of Milwaukee’s two supplemental first-round picks.

Kentrail Davis, OF, Tennessee: Short by professional baseball standards (5-foot-9) and stout (200 pounds), Davis burst onto the scene last year as a freshman, when he led Tennessee with a .330 batting average, 68 hits, 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage. He got a bit pull-happy this year but still batted .308 with nine homers and 30 RBIs. Davis played center field for the Vols but scouts cite his average throwing arm as one reason his future home could be in left. He is a left-handed hitter and a right-handed thrower, and was draft-eligible as a sophomore because he turns 21 later this month.

Brewers select Indiana U righty Arnett

Not since they drafted Ben Sheets a decade ago have the Brewers found first-round success with a pitcher. They hope right-hander Eric Arnett breaks the slump. 

New Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid spent the 26th overall pick of the First-Year Player Draft on Arnett, a 6-foot-5 power pitcher who jumped to first-round consideration during his just-completed junior season at Indiana University.  Arnett was named the Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year after going 12-2 with a 2.50 ERA and six complete games. 

“I feel with the selection of Eric Arnett, we took the best player available,” Seid said in a statement released immediately after the pick on Tuesday night. “He is someone that will be a great fit in our organization and will make us a better as a whole.” 

Before they added Arnett on Tuesday, the Brewers had not selected a collegiate pitcher in the first round since they picked Sheets at No. 10 overall in 1999. The team has picked three high school pitchers in the first round since then: Mike Jones in 2001, Mark Rogers in 2004 and Jeremy Jeffress in 2006.

Arnett was rated the 10th-best right-handed pitching prospect entering the Draft by Baseball America. He throws a 92-94 mph fastball that can reach 96 mph, plus a slider that remains a work in progress. 

At No. 26, the Brewers matched their latest first-round selection ever. In 1993, they took left-hander Kelly Wunsch with the 26th pick and while he pitched 258 games over six Major League seasons, none of them were with the Brewers. In 1983, the Brewers spent the 26th pick in the Draft on another lefty, Dan Plesac, who eventually became Milwaukee’s closer and made three All-Star teams.

The Brewers were poised to make make five other selections on Tuesday night: Supplemental first round Nos. 39 and 47, second round Nos. 73 and 74 and third round No. 105. Seid and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin will speak to reporters after making their final pick on Day 1 of the three-day Draft.

All you need to know about the Draft

Major League Baseball released a PDF file about next week’s First-Year Player Draft with a ton of great information. Not all of it was published in the official section of, so I thought I would try to post it here for those of you who are interested.

The Brewers got less compensation for the departed CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, but note that they still have six of the first 111 picks. Only two teams have more: The Angels own seven of the first 111 picks, and D-Backs have eight.

This is the first time I’ve tried to post a PDF file, so we’ll see what happens. Hopefully I don’t bring down the entire Internet.

2009 First-Year Player Draft Fact Sheet_060309.pdf