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Milwaukee’s first-round Draft pick reiterated both on Twitter and in an interview with a popular Brewers fan site that he wants to sign quickly, perhaps as early as Friday.
“If everything works out as planned, I’ll be signed before the weekend and be able to go up to Milwaukee this weekend,” Arnett told the website Brew Crew Ball on Thursday in a lengthy question and answer session. “Meet the coaches and the Brewers organization, and then go out to Montana for a little bit in rookie ball and then hopefully be in Single-A before the summer is over.”
That meshed with what Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said Wednesday, that the organization preferred to limit the right-hander’s workload by assigning him first to Helena, Mont. in the rookie Pioneer League. Helena begins its season on June 23.
Could he be in the fold as early as Friday?
“That’s a possibility,” Seid said after finishing the three-day First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. “I can say this: We are actively trying to make it happen. His desire is to be a Major League player here in Milwaukee and our desire is to have that happen.”
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.