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Each of the Brewers’ first six picks in the most recent First-Year Player Draft are taking part in the fall instructional league in Arizona, and 2008 first-round pick will join the fray once he’s finished playing for Team Canada in the baseball World Cup.
Games against other teams’ instructional league squads began on Saturday, and through Tuesday the baby Brewers were off to a 2-0-1 start. They beat a group of Cubs farmhands, 10-2, on Tuesday, when first-round supplemental pick Kyle Hechathorn allowed two runs in four innings.
For those interested in the list of Brewers participants, you can view a PDF of the roster:
The Brewers dug deep into their pockets to reach deals with their top three remaining unsigned Draft picks ahead of Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline, shelling out more than $2 million for supplemental first-round pick Kentrail Davis, fourth-rounder Brooks Hall and 16th-rounder Scooter Gennett.
With those players in the fold, the Brewers agreed to terms with each of their first 23 selections ahead of Monday’s deadline to sign selections from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
“[Management] wanted us to take the best players available, and we were happy to hear that,” director of amateur scouting Bruce Seid said. “There’s a lot of physicality, a lot of athleticism in our group. We feel like we signed everybody we wanted to sign.”
Davis, Hall and Gennett will all report to the team’s year-round facility in Phoenix, but they will not be assigned to an affiliate until 2010. The idea, Seid said, is to get the players back in baseball shape after their summer break before assignments in the fall instructional league.
Davis, a University of Tennessee outfielder who had two years of eligibility remaining, reportedly got a $1.2 million bonus, about 42 percent above Major League Baseball’s recommended bonus for the Draft’s 39th overall pick and slightly more than the Brewers paid for their first-rounder, right-hander Eric Arnett, two months ago. Arnett received $1.197 million.
“We looked at both as first-round-type guys,” Seid said. “Kentrail had options. He was sophomore-eligible in the SEC, and we knew it would take first-round money. The talent was too good to pass up.”
Hall, meanwhile, a prep right-hander who was committed to the University of South Carolina, signed for $700,000. That’s about 3 1/2 times the “slot” figure recommended by MLB for the 136th pick.
Gennett was the 496th overall pick. His bonus figure was not immediately available.
Davis was Milwaukee’s second of 53 Draft picks and the first of two supplemental first-round selections. He burst onto the scene at Tennessee in 2008, batting .330 with 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .435 on-base percentage, and followed in 2009 by hitting .308 with nine homers and 30 RBIs.
Davis is eight inches shorter than the 6-foot-5 Hall, a power right-hander. He threw a perfect game this season for T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., in which he struck out 12 batters on 76 pitches and reportedly didn’t throw a pitch below 90 mph. Hall also sports a quality slider.
The Brewers’ deals with Davis, 20, and Hall, 18, were done earlier in the day, but 18-year-old Gennett, a left-handed hitter from Sarasota, Fla., went down to the wire. The team didn’t make its announcement until the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 9-5 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park on Monday, about two hours before the deadline.
“We’ve known the kid for a couple of years and really like him,” Seid said of Gennett, who played on a showcase team run by Brewers East Coast crosschecker Doug Reynolds. “He’s a Mike Fontenot-type guy, a left-handed hitter who can play up the middle on the infield and who loves baseball. He plays it with a passion.”
In all, the Brewers signed 32 of their 53 Draft selections. The highest unsigned pick was 20th-rounder Brian Vigo-Suarez, a prep shortstop from Texas.
With the deadline for signing 2009 Draft picks looming on Monday, the Brewers appear headed toward a deal with their highest remaining unsigned selection, University of Tennessee outfielder Kentrail Davis.
“The talks are good,” said Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid, whose policy is to not discuss agreements with picks until the contract is signed. “Although we’re not at 100 percent, I feel good about the direction we’re going.”
Seid was in Phoenix this week watching the Brewers’ rookie league affiliate there, but said his travel schedule would bring him to Miller Park over the weekend.
Davis was one of the Brewers’ two selections in the supplemental phase that followed the Draft’s first round. He was the 39th overall pick.
General manager Doug Melvin echoed Seid’s optimism about Davis, who is being advised by Scott Boras, and said the Brewers were also working toward deals with their only other unsigned selections in the first 20 rounds: Right-hander Brooks Hall (fourth round) and shortstop Scooter Gennett (16th round).
“We’re making progress with all three,” Melvin said.
All three players have some leverage in negotiations. Davis has two years of eligibility left at Tennessee, and Hall and Gennett are high schoolers. Hall has committed to the University of South Carolina, and Gennett to Florida State University.
In other Draft news, the Brewers formally announced a pair of signings that have been previously reported. Left-hander Del Howell (15th round) signed on Aug. 1 and reported to Arizona, and outfielder D’Vontrey Richardson (fifth round) signed on Aug. 10.
Richardson, interestingly, signed a 2010 contract. He was a two-sport star at Florida State who has given up football to sign with the Brewers.
“He’s probably not baseball-ready,” Seid said. “He’s a great athlete, but we would rather have him go the instructional league this fall to get ready.”
For now, Richardson is working out with the Class A Brevard County Manatees. Even though he will not play his first professional game until 2010, he will be considered a 2009 signee in terms of Minor League service time. That fact comes into play later, when the time comes for players to be protected on Major League rosters.
“We checked very much into that fact, and [signing a 2010 contract] doesn’t affect him one bit,” Seid said. “The important thing is the date the contract is signed.”
Teams have until 11 p.m. CT on Monday to sign Draft picks. In most cases, unsigned players return to the Draft pool for 2010.