MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) The Milwaukee Brewers chose a pair of high school players as their first picks last night in the Major League amateur draft.
Right-handed pitcher Devin Williams of Hazelwood Missouri was taken with the 54th pick in the second round. Shortstop Tucker Neuhaus of Wharton High School in Tampa was taken with Pick-Number-72 in a “competitive balance” group between the second-and-third rounds.
Milwaukee did not have a first round pick because it signed free-agent starter Kyle Lohse during the final week of Spring Training.
Seventy-three players were selected by Major League clubs last night. The draft resumes today with the third-through-10th rounds.
Missouri had recruited the 18-year-old Williams for college ball. He’s considered to be a strong 6-3 hurler with a fastball in the 91-to-93-mile-an-hour range. Neuhaus is 17. His senior year was marred by a strained quadriceps muscle, a ruptured ear-drum, and the death of his brother. Brewers’ scouting director Bruce Seid (side) said the team scouted Neuhaus heavily, and saw a lot of potential as left-handed power-hitter who could play either short-or-third.
General manager Doug Melvin said the Brewers were fortunate that both players fell down to them, and both scored highly on the team’s pre-draft reviews.
Had Milwaukee not signed Lohse, they would have had the 17th pick last night. That one went to the Chicago White Sox, who took high school shortstop Tim Anderson. Right-hander Mark Appel of Stanford was the first overall pick, chosen by Houston.