Milwaukee Brewers

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 4 Brian Matusz LHP San Diego Calif. $3,200,000
Like David Price, the No. 1 pick last year, Matusz is tall and lanky at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, and scouts have history with him. He didn't sign with the Angels in 2005 as a fourth-round pick out of an Arizona high school, and he starred for Team USA last summer, after ranking second (behind Price) in the nation in strikeouts. However, Matusz is a much different pitcher than Price. While he has a fastball that sits at 90-93 mph, Matusz doesn't pitch off it, instead using his above-average offspeed stuff to set up his fastball. His curveball is already a plus pitch, and he shows the ability to locate it to either side of the plate. His slider grades out as at least average. Matusz also liberally uses his above-average changeup, one of the finest on the West Coast in years. Mechanically, he's tight and compact, though his arm action is a bit awkward and slightly stiff. He also lands on a straight front leg at times, which some regard as an injury concern and which makes it harder for him to drive his fastball down through the zone. Matusz profiles as a middle of the rotation starter at worst, and if he improves his fastball and mechanics, he can become a staff ace.
2 50 Xavier Avery OF Cedar Grove HS, Ellenwood, Ga. Ga. $900,000
Athleticism, speed and the unknown are all words coinciding with Avery. This spring he signed to play football as a running back with Georgia. A center fielder, Avery is one of the fastest players in the draft and has been timed at 6.2 seconds in the 60-yard dash. However, Avery is hampered by the poor level of competition on his high school team's schedule, making him a tough player for scouts to evaluate this spring. He was visible last summer and performed well both in the East Cobb league and on the showcase circuit, leading to his being named an Aflac all-American. Avery's tools are thought to be raw, as are his instincts. However, with his speed, he is projected to be an above-average outfielder with an average arm, similar to Carl Crawford. At the plate, Avery's ability is even more of a projection. Hitting lefthanded and having above-average speed will always give Avery a chance to hit for average, but scouts feel he is still a ways away with the bat and his approach. Avery could be an exponential improver with proper instruction and multiple at-bats in the minor leagues.
3 81 L.J. Hoes 2B St. John's HS, Washington D.C. $490,000
Hoes first popped on the scouting radar in the summer of 2006, when he made USA Baseball's youth national team. The following summer he competed for the junior national team and has become known as an athlete on the baseball field. None of his tools are legitimate pluses, but all of them are at least slightly above-average. Scouts know Hoes fits somewhere on the diamond, but they aren't sure where. He has good speed but not quite enough to profile as a center fielder. He's a better than average hitter with power, but doesn't show the pop necessary to play a corner outfield position. He shows more power to the opposite field now and often hits the ball on the ground to the left, his pull side. Hoes has the athleticism and the plus arm to play almost any position, and it wouldn't be far-fetched to see him try the infield. With questions about his profile and a commitment to North Carolina, Hoes could be a tough sign.
4 116 Kyle Hudson OF Illinois Ill. $287,000
Hudson was better known for his exploits as a wide receiver in his first two years at Illinois, leading the football team in receptions as a freshman and again as a sophomore. Relegated to a supporting role on the gridiron last fall, he has taken out his frustrations on opposing pitchers this spring. He ended the regular season among the NCAA Division I leaders in batting (.411), on-base percentage (.511), runs (60) and steals (39). He also set Big 10 Conference records for runs (40) and steals (25) in league games, and tied a school mark when he swiped his 40th base in the opening round of the league tournament. Hudson is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound burner whose games revolves around his top-of-the-line speed. He has run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and uses his quickness well on the bases and in center field. He's an outstanding athlete who once won the Illinois state high school high jump title with a mark of 6-foot-10 and earned 15 letters in four sports. Hudson offers little power, but he understands his limitations and concentrates on getting on base. He uses a slap approach at the plate and is a good bunter. His arm is well-below-average, though he compensates by getting to balls quickly. A team that loves speed and values athletes at a premium position could take Hudson as early as the third round.
5 146 Greg Miclat SS Virginia Va. $225,000
At 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, Greg Miclat is an undersized, switch-hitting middle infielder. Typically a plus defender at shortstop, he had arm surgery a year ago and battled a sore shoulder for most of the season. When healthy, Miclat has solid arm strength and plus range, playing with a fearless nature and good instincts. At the plate, he is a slap hitter who uses his speed to put pressure on the defense. He stole 30 bases this season for the Cavaliers.
6 176 Rick Zagone LHP Missouri Mo. $150,000
It was easy for Rick Zagone to get overshadowed on a Missouri staff that includes potential first-round picks in the next three drafts in Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson and Nick Tepesch. But Zagone is a versatile 6-foot-3, 207-pound lefthander who could serve as a starter or reliever in pro ball. Tigers coaches blame themselves for his poor start this spring, as they encouraged him to try to add velocity and he lost pitchability. Zagone righted himself after a stint in the bullpen and returned to the rotation by the end of the year. As a starter, he's at his best pitching at 85-88 mph with good life and location on his fastball. In shorter outings as a reliever, he can dial his fastball up into the low 90s and flash a hard slider. His slider and changeup are ordinary, so he has to rely on command to succeed.
7 206 Caleb Joseph C Lipscomb Tenn. $125,000
Caleb's brother Corban is also a prospect. Caleb is a good hitter with power, as he led Lipscomb in batting (.345), home runs (14) and RBIs (53). Caleb is athletic behind the plate with an average arm and a quick release. At the plate, he's a solid fastball hitter but can have trouble with breaking stuff.
8 236 Bobby Bundy RHP Sperry (Okla.) HS Okla. $600,000
Bundy's first-round aspirations got sidetracked when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a basketball game in December. Though his surgery usually requires a nine-month rehab, he was back on the mound with a knee brace this spring. Bundy was able to sit at 88-91 mph and touch 93 with his fastball, down 2-3 mph from last summer. He still had his trademark big-breaking curveball, which changes hitters' eye level at the plate, and he still threw strikes with ease. He has a sturdy 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame that also gives him power at the plate. Pitching with the brace forced him to smooth out his delivery, which will help him in the future. Bundy led Sperry to its second Oklahoma 3-A title in the last three years, picking up the victory and going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the title game. He has committed to Arkansas, where he would get the opportunity to play both ways as a freshman. Whether the diminished velocity--which should return in time--drops him far enough in the draft to compromise his signability remains to be seen.
9 266 Nick Haughian LHP Washington Wash. $100,000
Haughian, a lefthander, is the latest Husky pitcher to develop velocity under coach Ken Knudson's tutelage. Scouts have seen his velocity fluctuate, in part because at times he both started and relieved in a Pac-10 weekend series, but he developed a slider in the low 80s that was a plus, strikeout pitch in the season's second half. At his best, Haughian's fastball reached 91-92 mph after sitting in the upper 80s much of the spring, but when he threw it for strikes and worked off his slider, he was filthy. He wound up tying UCLA's Tim Murphy for the Pac-10 strikeouts lead with 107 in the regular season. Throwing strikes consistently is the biggest key for Haughian, who could move quickly as a lefty reliever thanks to his slider.
10 296 Chris Herrmann 3B Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
11 326 Nathan Moreau LHP Georgia Ga.
At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and lefthanded, Nathan Moreau passes the eye test. Like Dodson, Moreau has a decent fastball and below-average secondary stuff. His fastball is up to 91 mph with natural tail, along with a curveball and changeup. He slings the ball from slightly below a three-quarters angle. He has deception in his delivery and projection to his body. With improved command and polish on his secondary pitches, Moreau would be an impact prospect.
12 356 Jason Rook OF Appalachian State N.C.
13 386 Corey Thomas 3B Middleton HS, Tampa Fla.
14 416 Jesse Beal RHP South County SS, Lorton, Va. Va. $275,000
15 446 Jason Gurka LHP Angelina (Texas) JC Texas
16 476 Bobby Stevens SS Northern Illinois Ill.
17 506 Brian Conley OF Towson Md.
18 536 Keith Landers LHP St. Peter-Marian HS, Worcester, Mass. Mass.
St. Peter-Marian lefthander Keith Landers burst onto the national prospect landscape with an impressive performance last fall at the Perfect Game/World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Fla., but he has seldom duplicated that performance this spring. As a 6-foot-7, 200-pound lefty with decent stuff, Landers is a tantalizing package. His delivery has some effort right now, but most scouts think he projects to add velocity if he can clean up his mechanics--he flies open and his arm drags behind, causing his release point to be erratic. As a result, he struggles with his command, particularly with his slurvy breaking ball, though he does have some feel for the pitch. He pitched in the 87-90 mph range most of the spring, topping out at 91, and his fastball has good sink. He has feel for a changeup, but like everything with Landers it remains raw. He could sneak into the top three rounds if an organization loves his upside, but he seems more likely to honor his commitment to Louisville, where he could develop into a premium draft pick in three years.
19 566 Jarret Martin LHP Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
Martin first drew attention from scouts with his eye-opening performances at the Area Code Games preliminaries and the showcase itself last summer. His strong, projectable 6-foot-3, 200-pound build is nearly perfect for a young lefthander, and his raw stuff is equally impressive. His fastball ranges from 88-91 mph and will peak at 92. His best pitch is his hard curveball, which when thrown properly has wicked late break and is effective against both lefthanded and righthanded hitters. His mechanics are a concern, however, hampering his command and making him wildly inconsistent from outing to outing. Martin's high school team has no pitching coach, and he has to travel for specialized coaching, so with hard work and more instruction he figures to overcome his technical flaws. When he is not pitching, Martin plays first base. With 13 home runs this spring, he has drawn attention as a lefthanded-hitting slugger, and Cal State Fullerton covets him as a two-way recruit.
20 596 Ronnie Welty OF Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
Welty, at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, looks the part and hit well this spring, challenging McDonald for league honors by hitting .459. He also has above-average arm strength and runs at least average if not a tick above. One league coach compared him to Hunter Pence for his ability to produce despite a gangly frame and less-than-ideal swing mechanics, and scouts are divided on him, with some wanting to see him perform against four-year college pitchers before they bite.
21 626 Eddie Gamboa RHP UC Davis Calif.
Gamboa, a fifth-year senior, is the Aggies' ace and has excellent athletic ability and the best pickoff move in the state. His fastball runs and sinks in the upper 80s, and he's a tremendous competitor. He lacks a breaking ball but shows better feel for two different changeups. He fits a middle-relief profile.
22 656 Pat Kantakevich RHP William & Mary Va.
Pat Kantakevich is the Tribe's top pitching prospect and was the team's workhorse closer, saving 10 games in 32 appearances. He pitches between 88-91 mph and is not considered a strikeout pitcher.
23 686 Edwin Cintron OF Antonio Luchetti HS, Arecibo, P.R. P.R.
24 716 T.J. Baxter OF New Orleans La.
25 746 Xavier Lopez C Isabel Flores HS, Juncos, P.R. P.R.
26 776 Jose Barajas RHP Western Nevada CC Nev.
27 806 Ryan O'Shea RHP New Orleans La.
28 836 Tom Edwards 3B Rutgers N.J.
29 866 Dennis Perez C Universidad de Puerto Rico-Arecibo P.R.
30 896 Jeremy Dobbs LHP Daviess County HS, Owensboro, Ky. Ky.
31 926 Tyler Sexton LHP Western Carolina N.C.
32 956 Brandon Loy SS Rowlett (Texas) HS Texas
33 986 Art Charles 1B Ridgeview HS, Bakersfield, Calif. Calif.
34 1016 Travis Keating RHP Northern Colorado Colo.
Northern Colorado played a difficult schedule and pulled of an unlikely victory against Arizona State in March, the Sun Devils' first loss of the season. The Bears don't have any prospects as good as Brennan Garr, now pitching in the Rangers system, but they have a pair of physical pitchers in 6-foot-7 lefty Jon Klausing, who throws a fringy fastball, slider and changeup, and 6-foot-6 righty T.R. Keating, whose fastball has touched 91.
35 1046 Buck Britton 2B Lubbock Christian (Texas) Texas
36 1076 Dan Eastham RHP Nevada Nev.
37 1106 Chad Durakis C Maryland Md.
38 1136 Thomas Phelps RHP Whittier (Calif.) Calif.
39 1166 Lance West OF Bossier Parish (La.) CC La.
40 1196 Kirk Singer SS Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS Calif.
41 1226 Peter Birdwell RHP Riverside (Calif.) CC Calif.
42 1256 Chase Phillips RHP Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
43 1286 Oliver Drake RHP Navy Md. $100,000
Oliver Drake has tantalized teams this year. A sophomore-eligible righthander at Navy, Drake has been impressive in his first two seasons. Pitching between 89-91 mph, Drake has a fluid motion and natural life on his fastball. His low-80s slider is a plus pitch, and his changeup and curveball could be in the future. Still projectable, Drake has a lot to like, but teams will have to wait on him--and who knows how long.
44 1316 Kevin Brady RHP Gaithersburg (Md.) HS Md.
Kevin Brady is the top high school prospect in the state. Committed to Clemson, Brady is a prototypical 6-foot-3, 195-pound pitching prospect with arm strength. He pitches in the low 90s and has below-average secondary stuff in need of refinement.
45 1345 Zach Petersime RHP Rend Lake (Ill.) JC Ill.
46 1373 Mike Mudron LHP King HS, Riverside, Calif. Calif.
47 1400 Jared Eskew LHP Cal Poly Calif.
48 1427 Chris Garrison RHP Rocklin (Calif.) HS Calif.
49 1454 Hector Morales OF Puerto Rico-Carolina P.R.
50 1481 Wes Soto 2B Riverview HS, Sarasota, Fla. Fla.