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MILWAUKEE — For their picks in the 47th and 48th rounds of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers didn’t have to go far to do their research, as they selected the sons of two club employees.
In the 47th round, with the 1419th overall pick, the Brewers selected left fielder Billy Schroeder, son of former Brewers catcher and current Brewers broadcaster Bill Schroeder.
One round later, with the 1439th overall pick, left-handed pitcher Marques Kyles, son of bullpen coach Stan Kyles, was the Brewers’ pick.
For Schroeder, a 6-foot, 210-pound senior from Grand Canyon University, the Brewers’ selection is honor, but it does not appear as though he will join the organization.
“He’s not going to play, he has other irons in the fire,” said Bill Schroeder of his son before Wednesday’s game. “But it was nice of them to do that.”
Kyles, on the other hand, has different plans than Schroeder.
According to his father, there’s a good chance the 6-foot-9 senior out of Limestone College will sign on to play with the Brewers.
“He’s looking forward to it; it’s a good opportunity for him,” Kyles said of his son. “He’s graduated and with the way the job market is now, there’s not a whole lot of things out there even though he had a double major.
“He’s looking forward to having time to devote just to baseball over the next year.”
According to Ray Montgomery, assistant amateur scouting director for the Brewers, the picks have to do with more than just name recognition, too.
For one, Kyles is a lefty, something the club valued highly in the draft.
“Left-handed pitching is always in demand,” Montgomery said. “I don’t think you can ever have enough of that.”
Kyles’ size, in addition to being a lefty, make him a prime candidate to be the type of ‘gem’ the club was looking for on the Draft’s third day. With their knowledge of his father’s ability as well, Kyles was the perfect fit for a late-round selection.
“I played with Stan Kyles about 30 years ago and Stan was a good player,” said Bruce Seid, scouting director. “Marques is a 6-foot-9 lefty. He’s got a ways to go, but he’s got a lot of whip to his arm and he’ll get some time to develop. We’re happy to be able to bring him in to be a Brewer.”
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com.
SAN FRANCISCO — It did not exactly qualify as a surprise when Brewers manager Ken Macha said Sunday that closer Trevor Hoffman will not be ready to come off the disabled list when his term expires on Saturday.
Hoffman, who has not pitched since March 13 because of a strained muscle on his right side, played catch on Friday and Saturday and then took Sunday off. He will play catch again on Monday, when the Brewers take part in a 4 p.m. CT workout at AT&T Park as their final tune-up for Tuesday’s season opener.
Assuming he makes it through that session without a setback, the Brewers’ athletic training staff may devise a schedule for Hoffman to throw off a mound, then to face hitters, then perhaps to head out for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. The process could run a few more weeks.
“Will he be ready on the 11th?” Macha said, referring to the date Hoffman is eligible to come off the DL. “Probably not. … Let’s wait until he gets on a mound, OK? I went through this whole thing with [oft-injured Oakland A’s starter Rich] Harden. I think the best you can do is wait until he gets on the mound and then start looking at what the possibilities are.”
The Brewers’ other offseason free agent pick-up, starter Braden Looper, also dealt with a side strain in Spring Training but is on track to start the season in the rotation. He threw 89 pitches in a Minor League intrasquad game in Phoenix on Sunday under the watch of Brewers bullpen coach Stan Kyles.
Looper is slated to start April 10 against the Cubs in Milwaukee’s home opener.
“He went to six innings, but it was hard to get a grip on some of the innings because he stayed out there more than three outs to get his pitch count in,” said Macha, who received a report from Kyles via e-mail. “He said he felt like he could go more, no problem. Stan said he did leave some split-fingers [split-fingered fastballs] up in the zone, but the hitters didn’t take advantage of it. All in all, [Looper] felt pretty good, so that’s encouraging.”
Kyles and Looper should re-join the team on Monday, when the Brewers have a more standard afternoon workout. They were forced to a late start Sunday [8:30 p.m. CT] because the Giants and Dodgers played an afternoon exhibition game.
For a time, Giants officials balked at the Brewers’ late workout request and Milwaukee officials were scrambling to identify alternatives. Macha did not want his team to sit idle until Tuesday after arriving from Los Angeles following Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium.
“I just wanted to come out here and do something because of the two days off,” Macha said. “I don’t think you can go through all of Spring Training and all of a sudden sit down and do nothing for two days, then start it up again.”
Closer Trevor Hoffman, who was penciled in for an inning of work against the Angels, opted instead for a 32-pitch bullpen session on a back mound at Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday morning.
“He wanted to work on some things and felt more comfortable doing it back there,” Brewers pitching coach Bill Castro said. “That’s fine. He feels he gets more out of doing it that way.”
Unlike many veteran pitchers who use Spring Training to “work on things” and don’t necessarily care about the results, Hoffman said after his Cactus League debut Wednesday that he approaches games the same whether it’s February or October. If he’s pitching, he’s pitching to get outs.
The Brewers are allowing Hoffman to set his own spring schedule, and by moving his work to the bullpen, he actually increased his workload a bit. Hoffman was only scheduled for about 20 pitches in Thursday’s game.
“I actually stood in [the batter’s box] today when he was finishing up,” bullpen coach Stan Kyles said. “He looks good. I can see why he’s been pretty much unhittable in the ninth inning. It’s pretty impressive.”