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Brewers sign top draft and follow

By Drew Olsen
May 29, 2002

With a deadline looming late Monday night, the Milwaukee Brewers were able to sign junior-college pitcher Manny Parra to a contract.

Parra, a 19-year-old lefthander, was selected by Milwaukee in the 26th round of the last June's draft and went on to become the top player in junior college, according to Baseball America. Parra played for American River Junior College in Sacramento, Calif.

The Brewers had until midnight Monday, a week before the next draft, to sign Parra as a draft and follow pick or lose his rights.

"We were on the phone pretty late," Brewers director of scouting Jack Zduriencik said Tuesday. "We had our scout in the home with the family, and then we were here in Milwaukee having ongoing discussions. We got it done."

The Brewers also announced the signing of outfielder Stephen Hunt, a 35th-round selection for the Brewers last year. This past season he attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz.

Parra was 7-2, 2.06 in 14 games for American River, which plays in the "very competitive" Bay Valley East Conference, Zduriencik said. Parra gave up 63 hits, had 118 strikeouts and 25 walks over 86 2/3 innings.

Parra, 6 feet 3 inches and 200 pounds, will report to Maryvale, the Brewers' pre-season rookie camp in Arizona, on June 10.

Lefthander Jon Felfoldi (Glendale JC/Diamondbacks) is the highest rated draft and follow who did not sign.

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