MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU-Wheeler News) -- The Brewers will have the 12th pick in the first round when the Major League Draft begins on Thursday night.
That sounds low, but Brewers' scouting director Bruce Seid says he doesn't mind. That's because a high pick indicates that a team is not playing well at the Major League level -- and unlike the football and basketball drafts, immediate help in the baseball draft is almost never available. Seid says Milwaukee has not had a Top-ten pick in several years -- and that's fine with him.
As it is, the Brewers have their highest pick in several years after struggling to a 74-and-88 record last year. Seid says this year's draft is especially deep in pitching, but teams will have to be extremely careful with their selections. Two of this year's previous top picks -- starters Erick Fedde of Nevada-Las Vegas and Jeff Hoffman of East Carolina -- recently had Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery.