Brewers Replenish Pitching With Bradley, Jungmann
MILWAUKEE—After trading away a slew of prospects over the winter to acquire starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, the Brewers decided it was time to develop some of their own arms.
With that in mind, the Brewers went for two advanced college pitchers with the Nos. 12 and 15 selections in the first round. They chose Texas workhorse righthander Taylor Jungmann
first and three picks later tabbed Georgia Tech lefthander Jed Bradley
The Brewers weren't sure either pitcher would still be on the board when their turns came around and were thrilled to grab two arms that might move through their system swiftly. And, while they definitely filled an organizational need, scouting director Bruce Seid said they the best choices period.
"With the selections of Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley, we stayed within our process and philosophies and got the best players that were on our board at time of selection," said Seid.
"We're taking the best players. When we looked at our board and saw how things were developing, it was true to form. We feel we were able to capture some needs and some guys that fit the criteria. These are guys who have had success in their careers, and they both possess big, strong bodies, good arm actions, good deliveries and pitches."
Jungmann, 21, was named the 2011 Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year. He is 13-1 with a 1.39 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) this season with 120 strikeouts compared to only 29 walks in 129 innings.
Jungmann has pitched five complete games, including three shutouts, while holding opponents to a .168 batting average. He finished the regular season with a 12-0 record and 0.95 ERA and is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
The 6-foot-6 righty sits at 91-93 mph with his fastball, topping out at 95 mph. He has improved the bite on his slider and has worked on his changeup, which remains a distant third pitch. He has excelled under pressure, including going 3-0 with a 0.59 ERA as a freshman in the 2009 College World Series.
Bradley, 20, went 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts during his junior season with Georgia Tech and recorded 106 strikeouts in 98 innings. Opponents batted .239 against him.
The Brewers had the 15th pick as compensation for not signing prep righthander Dylan Covey last year. Covey learned he had Type 1 diabetes before signing and opted to go to the University of San Diego instead of signing. Now, with Bradley, the Brewers have a pitcher who is more advanced at this stage.
"Bradley has a big fastball, he's got a pretty good slider and a plus-changeup. He can pitch," said Seid. "He pitches to both sides of the plate, pitches up and down, can throw the fastball by you and he's able with his life in the zone get some ground balls.
"Jungmann, he's had a great career (at Texas), pitched in big games. Again, he's really similar to (Bradley) because he's able to use his stuff in the zone up and down. We're real happy with both selections. Really similar—one's righty, one's lefty."
As for taking two advanced college pitchers, Seid said, "We don't draft based on college or high school. We're taking the best player. It just so happens, if those are the players standing when it's time for our selections, those are the guys we're taking. There were some good high school players that we had our eyes on as well."