The Brewers had three of the first 50 picks in this year’s draft and have already signed two of those selections, both on Saturday. They signed Missouri high school outfielder Monte Harrison away from a Nebraska football scholarship for $1.8 million, about $700,000 above the bonus pool allotment for his spot, according to a baseball source. A second source said the Brewers also have agreed with Clovis (Calf.) High shortstop Jacob Gatewood, the 41st overall selection, for a $1.83 million bonus.
Combined, the two players take up nearly half of the Brewers’ total bonus pool of $7,605,600. Lefthander Kodi Mederios, the first of those three Milwaukee picks, was taken 12th overall and remains unsigned, though he is expected to come to terms soon for less than the $2.8 million allotted at 12. The Brewers also drafted four seniors in the first 10 rounds to help them save money there in order fit the signings of Gatewood and Harrison under their pool limit.
Harrison (no. 20) and Gatewood (21) ranked back-to-back on the BA 500 but fell in the draft due to to hitting struggles this spring and signability concerns. Both were in attendances at MLB Network studios on Thursday, and Harrison, the 50th selection, actually left the premises just before he was picked.
Harrison, who starred in basketball as well as football and baseball at Lee’s Summitt West high in Missouri, ranked as the best athlete available in the entire draft. Gatewood ranked as the best power prospect in the high school class and won home run derbies in two major league ballparks last summer, at Wrigley Field and Citi Field.