Brewers take a right-handed pitcher with their first-round pick
MILWAUKEE - 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 No. 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 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.
The Brewers have dropped four-of-their-last-five, after losing to Philadelphia 5-1 last night at Miller Park. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and cruised from there. The Phils rose above .500 for the first time this year. They now have a season-high five-game winning streak. Wily Peralta took the loss. He surrendered all five Philly runs in five innings to drop to 4-7. Peralta gave up seven hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said the rookie right-hander is more inconsistent than he thought. The skipper said Peralta gets angry and flustered when things go wrong and quote, "I didn't think he'd struggle like this." Tyler Cloyd pitched six-and-two-thirds scoreless innings to get the win. He surrendered four hits with five walks and two strikeouts, as he improved to 2-and-2. Milwaukee was limited to five singles on the night, while the Phillies scattered 10 hits. Jonathan Lucroy drove home the Crew's only run on a ground-out in the eighth inning. Michael Young and John Mayberry both went 3-for-5 for Philadelphia, and Delmon Young hit a solo homer. The Brewers and Phils will play again tonight. Young right-hander Alfredo Figaro starts for the Crew against veteran southpaw Cliff Lee.
Brewers' reliever Tom Gorzelanny will make a spot start tomorrow against Philadelphia. The left-hander will replace Marco Estrada, who went on the disabled list this week with a strained left hamstring. Gorzelanny started for Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs earlier in his career. This year, he's been used as a bullpen specialist, mainly to get left-handed batters out in the late innings. Gorzelanny was on the disabled list last month with shoulder tendinitis. Manager Ron Roenicke says Gorzelanny will not be asked to go five-or-six innings, but he feels strong enough to go at least a few frames. He started one game for Washington last year.
Major League Baseball has subpoenaed Federal Express and two cell phone companies to look for evidence of activity between players and the former Bio-genesis clinic in Miami. The AP said the subpoenas were issued May 23rd as part of a civil lawsuit that baseball filed against clinic founder Tony Bosch. Court records do not indicate that Fed-Ex, AT&T, T-Mobile will challenge the subpoenas. Bosch is suspected of providing performance-enhancing drugs to at least 20 players. Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun is part of the investigation. And while both he and Bosch said they only had a consulting arrangement, media reports say Braun could still face a suspension of up to 100 games. During last night's draft, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said he could not comment on the investigation. But he said quote, "I'm proud of the fact that we have the toughest drug-testing program, and you know what? This proves it."