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Brewers tab Canadian as top pick

The Milwaukee Brewers' top draft choice says he hopes to make the big leagues within a year-and-a-half.

High school catcher Brett Lawrie, 18, of Langley British Columbia in Canada was taken Thursday with the 16th overall pick in the first-round.

Lawrie has spent the last year traveling with the Canadian junior national team.

He went an amazing 21-30 at the plate against minor-league and college teams at extended spring training camps and he belted three homers in a Dominican Republic summer league game.

Brewers' scouting director Jack Zduriencik says Lawrie has the swagger that Ryan Braun had when he was Milwaukee's top draft choice three years ago.

The Brewers have scouted Lawrie for some time. He plays several infield and outfield positions, but prefers to catch. Lawrie expects to join Milwaukee before playing in the Junior World Cup in Edmonton in July.

All told, the Brewers drafted 10 players in six rounds Thursday, including six pitchers.

One of their picks was outfielder Cutter Dykstra, son of former big leaguer Lenny Dykstra. The draft continues today (Friday).

Here is a complete list of Thursday's picks:

First-round, 16th overall: Brett Lawrie, catcher, Brookswood School, British Columbia Canada

Supplemental pick, 32nd overall: Jacob Odorizzi, right-hander, Highland High School, Illinois

Supplemental pick, 35th: Evan Frederickson, left-hander, University of San Francisco

Second round, 53rd: Seth Lintz, right-hander, Marshall County High School, Tennessee

Second round, 54th: Cutter Dykstra, outfielder, Westlake High School, California

Second round, 62nd: Thomas Adams, right-hander, Southern Illinois University

Third round, 94th: Logan Schafer, outfielder, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

Fourth round, 128th: Joshua Romanski, left-hander, University of San Diego

Fifth round, 158th: Maverick Lasker, right-hander, Sandra Day O'Connor High School, Arizona

Sixth round, 188th: Jose Duran, shortstop, Texas A-and-M University