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Emptying the notebook: Butler, Parra, Gerut, instrux

Besides Ken Macha’s comments about his future, here’s what they were talking about at Miller Park today:

– The Brewers are convinced enough of Manny Parra’s health that they are sending rookie righty Josh Butler home on Sunday evening. Butler will fly to Huntsville to pick up his car for the long drive home to San Diego. He’ll despite his belongs there before hitting the road again to Phoenix. He’ll report for the Arizona Fall League by Oct. 5.

– Speaking of Parra, the manager had a homework assignment for reporters on Saturday afternoon. I’ll fudge it by simply repeating his words:

“I think you ought to write something about Manny Parra, that’s what I think. Where he was, and what he’s done,” Macha said, referring to the left-hander who won his 11th game of the season on Friday. “I think he’s done tremendous work on his delivery, his ability to command the ball now has been greatly improved from Day 1 to where he is now.

“It’s important for him to finish strong. I feel like he’s going to be a big part of the [2010] rotation. … Regardless of what his numbers are, and he’s got the highest ERA in the [National] League of any starter, he’s headed in the right direction.”

– Arbitration-eligible outfielder Jody Gerut is a possible nontender candidate for the Brewers, but Gerut’s strong showing in recent weeks makes it increasingly likely that he will be back in 2010.

“I can’t see where you wouldn’t think that he would be part of it,” Macha said. “He’s done a nice job in the field and can play all three outfield positions. He’s shown some power. There’s a whole lot of things he can do. Take a look at his history, too.”

During Macha’s year-end evaluation with GM Doug Melvin, Gerut was discussed as a potential starter in center field if the Brewers fail to, or chose not to, re-sign free agent Mike Cameron.

– Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash will travel to Phoenix on Monday to see the Brewers’ instructional league squad. It will be their first look at many of the team’s 2009 Draft picks including three players — Kentrail Davis, Scooter Gennett and D’Vontrey Richardson — who did not sign in time to play for a regular-season affiliate.

The reports say that Richardson, the former Florida State University quarterback, has been putting on a show in batting practice.

“And he looks quite good in a uniform,” said Brewers special assistant Dan O’Brien.

– One high-profile ’09 Draft pick, right-hander Brooks Hall, is not participating in the fall instructional league because of a non-baseball-related medical issue, Ash said. He couldn’t expound on that because of privacy laws.


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Draft reports: Davis deal done; Hall, too

The Brewers have reached deals with their top two remaining unsigned Draft picks, Baseball America reported on its blog Monday afternoon.

According to the posts, Milwaukee gave supplemental first-round pick Kentrail Davis a $1.2 million bonus and fourth-rounder Brooks Hall $700,000. Davis was a University of Tennessee outfielder and still had two years of eligibility remaining, and Hall was a prep right-hander who was committed to go to the University of South Carolina.

Davis received nearly $100,000 more than Milwaukee’s first-round pick, Indiana University right-hander Eric Arnett, who was selected 26th overall, and 42 percent over Major League baseball’s “slot” recommendation of $844,200 for the 39th pick. Hall’s bonus, meanwhile, was more than 3 1/2 times better than MLB’s recommendation  of $198,000 for the 136th pick. 

The 6-foot-5 Hall 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. He also sports a quality slider. 

The Brewers are also very high on prep second baseman Scooter Gennett, their 16th round pick and Milwaukee’s only other selection in the first 20 round who remains unsigned. The deadline for deals with 2009 Draft picks is 11 p.m. CT today.

Brewers, Tennessee's Davis still talking

[UPDATE at 3:30 p.m. CT — It doesn’t look like the Brewers and Davis will have anything to announce until Monday, the deadline for teams to sign 2009 Draft picks. So the following is an update to my post from this morning.]

University of Tennessee outfielder Kentrail Davis, the Brewers’ highest remaining unsigned Draft pick, visited Miller Park on Sunday but did not leave with a signed contract.

Davis, the 39th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft who is advised by Scott Boras’ agency, and the Brewers have until 11 p.m. CT on Monday to finalize an agreement. If they cannot, Davis would return to Tennessee for his junior season.

“I’ll say this: There’s no official announcement. We’re still talking,” Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said in the late innings of Sunday’s Brewers-Astros game.

Asked whether the delay indicated that talks had hit a snag, Seid said, “There’s no official announcement, but it was a good sign that he was here. That’s where we’re at right now. Talks are very good. We understand very clearly that [Monday] is the deadline, but we have nothing official at this moment.”

The sides were still in negotiations, Seid said. Draft picks must pass a physical exam before their contract becomes official, but Seid reported no medical hurdles with Davis.

Davis was Milwaukee’s second of 53 Draft picks and the first of two supplemental first-round selections. The team announced its deal with the other, Kennesaw State University right-hander Kyle Heckathorn, during a game at Miller Park on July 25 and then introduced the player to reporters in a workroom behind the press box. On Sunday morning, club officials were preparing to similarly unveil Davis, but it never happened.

Short by professional baseball standards (5-foot-9) and stout (200 pounds), Davis burst onto the scene at Tennessee in 2008, when he led the school 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, according to scouts, 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. A left-handed hitter and a right-handed thrower, Davis was eligible as a sophomore because he did not turn 21 until after the Draft.

Only three of the Brewers’ picks in the first 20 rounds remain unsigned: Davis, right-hander Brooks Hall (fourth round) and shortstop Scooter Gennett (16th round). Both Hall and Gennett are prep players. Hall is committed to South Carolina and Gennett to Florida State.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Brewers were still negotiating with both players, Seid said.

Even without Davis, Hall and Gennett in the fold, the Brewers have signed 29 of their 53 Draft picks including 19 of their first 22.

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.