Brewers Top Picks From 2011 Earn Big League Invites





MARYVALE, Ariz.—Both of the Brewers' first-round picks from last June signed too late to make their pro debuts in 2011, yet righthander Taylor Jungmann and lefty Jed Bradley reported to spring training with the rest of Milwaukee's pitchers and catchers.

Both received invitations to major league camp as part of the deals they struck at last year's signing deadline. Drafted 12th overall from Texas, Jungmann signed for $2.525 million, while Bradley signed for an even $2 million out of Georgia Tech as the 15th pick.

"It's pretty exciting," Jungmann said. "I'm happy to be here and get started."

Bradley, 21, threw eight innings in the Arizona Fall League, but he and Jungmann, 22, will make their official pro debuts when assigned to a minor league club this spring.

"I took a little break after my college season," Jungmann said, "so it had been a little while before I pitched in (instructional league). I threw so many innings at Texas, they didn't want me to pitch in the Fall League. I'm just anxious to start throwing again and face some hitters. I'm healthy and ready to go."

The Brewers likewise were looking forward to seeing Jungmann and Bradley face hitters in camp, and the organization's braintrust believes it has made two strong additions to a group of promising pitching prospects that also includes righthanders Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg and Mike Fiers.

With no setbacks, Jungmann and Bradley could move quickly through the system.

"I want them to know when they have a good chance to pitch, so they are prepared for it," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "They're guys we want to take care of and watch. We want them to be in camp for the experience. We think they are going to be really good. That's why they are here."

MICROBREWS

• Righthander Santo Manzanillo had resumed throwing, and he expected to participate in spring training. He separated his pitching shoulder in an offseason auto accident in the Dominican Republic.

• The Brewers promoted low Class A Wisconsin pitching coach Chris Hook to Double-A Huntsville to replace John Curtis, who resigned for family reasons. Milwaukee hired Dave Chavarria from the Rangers system to replace Hook.