Monday, June 6, 2011

Brewers Select a Couple of Pitchers

The last thing that I'm ever going to try to be is a cut and paste blog, but the first round of the Brewers draft is pretty important, and I know absolutely nothing about either of these kids that the Brewers just drafted. So here are a couple of captions for you to read with proper hat tips to their respective sites, and then a link to the live blog done by Bernie's Crew.

Pick 12 - Taylor Jungmann, RHP, University of Texas

Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - Milwaukee goes with the big 6-foot-6, 220-pound workhorse. A junior who was named the Big 12 pitcher of the year and also first team All-American this past season. He pitched today in the NCAA Regionals as well, going one inning and striking out one as Texas beat Kent State, 5-0, to advance to the Super Regionals. He was 13-1 with a 1.39 ERA in 16 starts this season (128.1 IP, 20 ER) and struck out 119 to go along with 29 walks. Had three shutouts and held opponents to a .168 batting average.

Finished the regular season with a 12-0 record, 0.95 ERA and 109 strikeouts. Ranked the eighth-best prospect in the 2011 draft by Baseball America and is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the top amateur player in the country. Throws 91-93 with a high of 95 with an improved slider and average changeup. Pounds the strike zone with a heavy sinker and has cleaned up his deliver. An advanced college pitcher. Jungmann was selected in the 24th round of the draft in 2008 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but instead took the scholarship to Texas. - While there are a couple of college arms that have gotten a bit more buzz as being top-of-the-draft types, there may not be another pitcher in the country who's been more consistently effective than the Texas Longhorns ace. The big right-hander with a Mike Pelfrey-type frame has three plus pitches and shows the ability to maintain his stuff deep into every start.

His fastball has been around 91-97 mph, even touching 98 mph, and sits comfortably in the 93-95 mph. His fastball has plus movement as well. His curve, with a hard, tight 11-to-5 break, is also a plus pitch, as is his changeup. While his command is average -- he occasionally gets too much of the middle of the plate -- he's got outstanding control, throwing strikes and not hurting himself with walks. He'll have to learn to pitch off the plate more, but that shouldn't be an issue.

Jungmann did have elbow surgery in high school that might concern some teams, but that shouldn't be enough of a red flag to keep him from going off the board in the top half of the first round.

Pick 15 - Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech

Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - Another arm, and another big kid on the hill for the Brewers at 6-4 and 224 pounds. He just finished his junior season with the Yellow Jackets, having gone 7-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts (98.0 IP, 38 ER). He finished the year tied for the team lead with 106 strikeouts, and held opponents to a .239 batting average. He was named the 14th-best overall prospect by Baseball America.

Bradley was named all-Atlantic Coast Conference second team in 2010, and was named the No. 4 prospect in the Cape Cod League last summer. Bradley, who was not drafted out of high school, played his first two years of high-school baseball in Shelby Township, Mich. before lettering his senior season at Huntsville High School in Huntsville, Ala. - Bradley isn't the top college lefty on Draft boards this year -- that honor belongs to Virginia's Danny Hultzen -- but it's looking like he's the clear No. 2.

Georgia Tech's Saturday starter doesn't have any plus pitches -- no one offering that wows scouts -- but he does have a very solid four-pitch mix at his disposal. Bradley will throw his fastball 92-93 mph. He complements the fastball with a slider, curve and changeup. He can throw all four for strikes and mixes his pitches very well, with all of them at least Major League average.

Big and durable in an Andy Pettitte sort of way, he profiles as a future workhorse who can throw a lot of innings and get to the big leagues fairly quickly. That package has many teams at the top of the Draft taking a long look at him.

And Bernie's Crew did a real nice job during their live blog, check it out if you have the time.


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