Another high-profile draft-and-follow signed Wednesday. Delgado (La.) Community CollegeÂ outfielder Lee Haydel didn’t match the seven-figure bonuses righthanders Matt Latos (Padres) and Jordan Walden (Angels) got on deadline day, but he did receive $624,000 from the Brewers. Milwaukee drafted him in the 19th round out of a Louisiana high school last June.
Haydel initially had committed to Louisiana State, but when the Tigers forced out former head coach Smoke Laval, Haydel switched to Delgado CC. A possible supplemental first-round or second-round pick had he re-entered the draft, Haydel was one of the fastest players available. He can run the 60-yard dash in 6.35 seconds, and was a catalyst in Delgado’s run to the Junior College World Series this spring.
Haydel became more attractive asÂ a prospect by improving significantly with the bat.Â He has grown two inches and added 20 pounds, and he’s now 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. His addedÂ strength has helped him at the plate, and he has bat speed. HeÂ has improved againstÂ offspeed pitchesÂ andÂ has hit quality fastballs. He’sÂ an above-average center fielder with obvious range, and his solid arm strength is a plus at his position.
Haydel is the second significant draft-and-follow signed by Milwaukee this spring. The Brewers also signed Community College of Southern Nevada righthander Chad Robinson for $500,000.
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