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2013 Draft Pick Discussion, Rounds 21-40

Please use this thread to share your thoughts, links, stories, pictures and anything else on the Brewers' picks on draft day from rounds 21 through 40. Please do not start separate threads to discuss the individual picks.


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Brewers draft former Central star Drew Ghelfi in 25th round

Jeff Brown, LaCrosseTribune.com


Drew Ghelfi was in the yard playing catch with his father, Andy, on Saturday when the call came. Andy could relate, as he had a similar experience back in 1985.


Only this time, it was the Milwaukee Brewers on the other end of the line. Milwaukee had some life-changing news for Drew, as it had just drafted him in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.


Drew Ghelfi, a one-time Central High School star and right-handed reliever for the University of Minnesota, was now a professional athlete. Well, he will be when he signs a contract, probably as early as next week.


“I had a few teammates that went (in the draft) the past few days and I was talking to then,” said the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Ghelfi, who went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA this spring for the Gophers. “For me, it was a little different situation. I didn’t know if I was going to get my named called.


“They (Brewers) called to let me know and congratulated me and told me they were happy to have me.”


Ghelfi had a pretty good feeling he might get drafted by the Brewers or Minnesota Twins. He went to invitation-only pre-draft camps for each team.


“After the season was over, I drove to Milwaukee and got to throw off the mound at Miller Park,” said Ghelfi, who started his college career at Iowa Central Community College, where he went 8-4 over two seasons.


“This past week I did one of those for the Twins, that is why I had a feeling it would be one of those two teams.”


Still, Ghelfi was a bit unsure if he would get drafted after pitching just 11 innings for the Gophers this spring.


“I was in a relief role, and in the role that I had I wasn’t throwing that much,” said Ghelfi, who is one semester short of earning a degree in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.


“We had so many games canceled because of the weather. We have four mid-week games canceled, along with a weekend series. It wasn’t just me (that had fewer innings); there were a number of other players in the same situation.”


Ghelfi said he didn’t think too much about the draft this spring as his final collegiate season took priority. Once the Gophers season ended, he started thinking about his baseball future, whether he would be drafted or not. If not, he had several other options, including some independent leagues that had expressed interest.


Now he won’t have to worry about that.


“I assume I will go to rookie ball, but I don’t know where or when,” Ghelfi said. “With me being a senior and not having a lot of leverage, I’ll see what they offer and what they put on the table.”


Ghelfi follows in the footsteps of his father, as Andy was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Indians in 1985 and spent five seasons in the minor leagues, climbing as high as Double-A, and uncle Tony, a left-handed pitcher who was drafted by Philadelphia and went 1-1 in three starts for the big-league Phillies in 1983 before experiencing arm trouble.


“It is pretty exciting to be able to carry on that tradition,” said the 22-year-old Ghelfi. “I talked to both of my parents (Andy and Tina) a lot about this. At this point in my career, it’s just about getting a chance.”

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TTU BASEBALL: Archer drafted in 21st round by Brewers

by Craig Delk, Herald-Citizen.com (Cookeville, TN)


COOKEVILLE — During the 2013 season, the Milwaukee Brewers organization got to see first-hand what Tennessee Tech pitcher Tristan Archer was capable of.


Area scout Steve Smith was present during Archer’s masterful complete-game effort when the Golden Eagles topped SIU-Edwardsville 1-0 on March 28.


Now, Archer will get a chance to replicate that same success on the professional level. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound righty was drafted by the Brewers on Saturday in the 21st round at pick No. 632.


For Archer, being drafted is not a new experience — he was selected by the Oakland A’s in the 38th round of the 2009 draft following his prep career at Sullivan South High School in east Tennessee.


But this time around, it’s a much different feeling.


“It’s a pretty awesome feeling now,” Archer said. “Out of high school, it really wasn’t as good because I kind of knew I was set in stone to go to college with it being so late. Knowing that this is gonna happen is an incredible feeling. Now I get to give it a shot at the next level.”


Bragga compares Archer to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver, and says the Brewers are getting great value in the Golden Eagle standout.


“He throws slightly across his body, he gets great armside run on his fastball, and he commands a slider, a curveball and a plus changeup,” Bragga said. “And he actually has a similar build and body style to Jered Weaver as well.


“I honestly think that the Brewers are getting an absolute steal in the 21st round,” Bragga continued, “because he’s a guy who in my mind had a chance to go in the top 10 (rounds).”


In addition to the overall pitch repertoire, Archer can dial his fastball up to 94 miles per hour.


“Even though he can pitch up to 94 miles per hour, he is not what I would consider a power pitcher,” Bragga said. “He’s not Roger Clemens or just a complete power guy. He has stuff, and mixes four pitches very, very well.”


Archer was the Golden Eagles’ ace for the last three years, and cemented his place as one of the top pitchers in school history. He set new school records for innings pitched (319) and most starts (55), tied Tech’s record for most career victories (23), and finished second all-time in strikeouts (267).


In the 2013 season, Archer finished 9-4 with a 3.34 earned-run average, and struck out 97 batters in 97 innings. He was an All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team honoree. His innings pitched total topped the conference, while his strikeout number ranked second.


Being selected by the Brewers, Archer has a chance to be moderately close to him hometown as he works his way up the system. The team’s Double-A affiliate is in Huntsville, Ala., and its Triple-A club is in Nashville.


“It’s pretty cool with Nashville being a few hours away, and Huntsville also the same,” Archer said. “It’s pretty awesome. It’s still a little surreal now.”


Tennessee Tech pitcher Tristan Archer was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 21st round of the Major League draft on Saturday. The selection marks the seventh-straight year a Golden Eagle has been picked in the draft. (Craig Delk | Herald-Citizen)






South alum Archer goes to Brewers in MLB draft

by Greg Peters, TimesNews.net (Kingsport, TN)


KINGSPORT — Former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Caldwell holds the team record for wins at 22. Not an important bit of trivia — unless you’re Tristan Archer.


Archer, a 2009 graduate of Sullivan South, was selected by the Brewers on Saturday in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball draft.


“I wasn’t aware I had been picked,” Archer said. “I got a text from one of my teammates and it was a little bit after that when Milwaukee called. I talked with the Padres yesterday and they had mentioned possibly ninth or 10th round.”


The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher spent the past four seasons throwing for Tennessee Tech. In that time he compiled 23 wins, including a 9-4 record this season. He also was selected first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference his senior season.


Archer said Saturday night that the team was sending him to Single-A Helena (Mont.) and he’ll be leaving either Monday or Tuesday. The Pioneer League season begins Saturday, June 22.


There will be some adjustments for the young rookie as he enters the professional ranks.


“I know that they use a different type of ball, the seams are lower and it is harder to throw a breaking pitch,” Archer said. “Also I am used to pitching once a week. I hope that I start and can get settled in. But I could go to the bullpen and have to try to find a set routine that I feel comfortable with.”


As a senior at South, Archer was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 38th round.


“It’s always cool to say you got drafted, but I knew they weren’t going to offer much,” he said. “I knew I was going to college and it has been an awesome experience.”


If for some unforeseen reason the professional baseball route falls through, Archer has been pursuing the most apt college major: agriculture with an emphasis in turf management.


“When I’m not on the field it will be a great opportunity to talk with the groundskeepers and learn from them,” he said.



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I'm sure Razo doesn't have a big fastball, but in 89 IP he gave up only 66 hits and one HR (12 extra base hits total), striking out 79 (walks a little high at 32). I know that the bats are different now, but the Brewers seem to be focusing on college players who don't give up many HRs. His teammate, Dan Savas, is intriguing; in 100 IP gave up only 65 hits and struck out 98 and is 6'5", 220. RS SO, must not have been draft eligible as he wasn't drafted to my knowledge.
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So cool the Brewers had Craig Counsell call this young man --




From Bay to the Brewers: Charlie Markson Gets Drafted

by Jeff Rumage, Whitefish Bay Patch


After a nerve-racking weekend of watching the baseball draft, Whitefish Bay's Charlie Markson was relieved to hear that he was not only drafted – but drafted by his hometown Milwaukee Brewers.


He was at his cousin's graduation party when he learned that he was drafted in the 38th round to play for a minor league Brewers team in Helena, MT.


Shortly after his agent called, he received a phone call from Craig Counsell – a Whitefish Bay resident who also grew up as a Blue Duke and played for Notre Dame. Although he has followed Counsell's career path up to this point, Markson is now blazing his own trail with the Helena Brewers, where he will play for the rest of the summer.


"I just wanted to have an opportunity to play, and when I found out it was the Brewers, I couldn’t have been any happier," he said. "It couldn't have happened at a better time because all of my family was already at the graduation party. They were overcome with joy."


Markson, a lifelong Brewers fan, said he hopes his career takes a similar course as Counsell's - although he recognizes it is going to take some hard work if he wants to end up graduating from the minor leagues and playing at Miller Park someday.


In Helena, he will play alongside other players who were recently drafted. The team is specifically designed with a 78-game season, instead of the traditional 148-game season. After the end of this season, he plans to come back and train in Milwaukee before returning for spring training in February or March. He hopes to eventually work his way up in the Brewers organization.


Markson batted .252 in his Notre Dame career, with a top mark of .303 as a junior. He drove in 21 runs this season and was second on the team with 11 stolen bases, though he batted just .209.


Markson was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 44th round back in 2009 out of high school, but chose instead to go to Notre Dame.


Although he's been at Notre Dame the last several years, Markson has never forgotten about his Whitefish Bay roots. Last summer, he came home to play for the Lakeshore Chinooks, and this summer, he's been helping out his former coach Jay Wojcinski in coaching the Blue Dukes baseball team.


If he wasn't drafted Saturday,Markson said he was either going to continue coaching at Whitefish Bay, pursue other baseball opportunities or enter the business world.


"My life was kind of up in the air, but on Saturday, everything fell into place," he said.


PHOTOS at link above.

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ROUND 24: Chris Razo, RHP

6'0", 200, R/R, Illinois State University (Normal, Illinois)

This is one of the later round picks to watch

Why's that/what do you like about him?

Stearns Brewing Co.: Sustainability from farm to plate
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Travis receives draft call from Milwaukee

By James O. Covington, SW Mississippi Daily Leader Sports Writer


SUMMIT, MS - Jesse Travis got the call he had been dreaming about Saturday evening, when the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 35th Round of the 2013 MLB Draft.


Travis, a 6-foot-7-inch right handed freshman pitcher at Southwest Mississippi Junior College is the 12th player from the region to be drafted since 2006. From 1985-2005 only six players from the area heard their name called in the professional baseball draft.


"I'm excited," said the soft spoken Travis. "This is a great opportunity just to be drafted."


Only 18-years old, Travis can elect to return to SWCC or sign with the Brewers. He and his family will decide by the MLB Draft signing deadline, July 14.


"Right now I'm weighing my options," added Travis. "I'm going to sit down with my family, my advisor, and the Brewers about all this and see where we end up."


The North Pike alum worked out for the Brewers three times before being drafted. He also had interest from other teams as well.


"I didn't pitch that much at North Pike," said Travis. "At Southwest I threw more, and more teams started contacting me. It was surprising at first but they all said they liked me because of my fastball and my size."


Wearing size-16 shoes and throwing a fastball as high as 92-mph, drew pro teams to SWCC to watch him.


"It's a real blessing just to be drafted," added Travis. "This is something you never think will happen until it actually does."


He said Southwest head coach Lee Kuyrkendall and pitching coach Ken Jackson "gave me some great opportunities to be seen to get better. I learned a lot from them.


"Milwaukee is a good team," Travis said "and I'm really happy to be headed that way. Mr. Scott Nichols (a Brewers scout) gave me a lot of advice and really helped me out."


Kuyrkendall said, "We knew there was a chance Jesse could get drafted as a freshman. He showed improvement and had some good starts for us. His velocity continues to climb (88-94 mph) and he is still very young to have such great size already."


"He will put himself in a good position for the future."

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Herndon center fielder Ky Parrott weighs his options

By Preston Williams, Washington Post


The scouts who showed up at a Madison-Herndon baseball scrimmage in March to eyeball Madison All-Met shortstop Andy McGuire knew nothing about Herndon senior Ky Parrott.


But a Milwaukee Brewers scout with area ties, Dan Nellum, made note of Parrott that day, after the center fielder homered and robbed a Warhawk of a home run with an impressive catch at the fence.


Late in the season, the Brewers even brought in their regional and national cross-checkers to take a look at the James Madison University signee. The brass must have liked what they saw, because Milwaukee selected Parrott in the 26th round of the first-year player draft Saturday, which no doubt gave the possible Brewer-to-be something to talk about at prom that night.


“I was a little shocked,” Parrott said. “I expected to go in the mid-30s or even late-30s. It kind of came out of nowhere. Coming into the season, I didn’t think I’d get drafted out of high school for sure.”


Even though several scouts saw the same initial performance that Nellum saw, Milwaukee was the only professional organization this season that showed much interest in Parrott, a second-team all-Northern Region pick whose batting average (.308) was not particularly flashy but whose 16 hits included nine for extra bases, with four home runs.


“We kind of knew that if he was going to get drafted, it would be by the Brewers,” said Herndon Coach Greg Miller, a member of the school’s all-century team who got drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 20th round out of JMU in 2001. “Knowing Milwaukee was really the only team in town, they could have [waited until] the 40th round and gotten him. It just goes to show you how much they think of Ky.”


Nellum, a 1988 St. John’s graduate and former assistant at Old Dominion, Georgetown and Navy as well as a former Clark Griffith League coach, has given Miller an example he can cite for years with his players, whether Parrott signs or not.


“No scout was there to see Ky Parrott that day, and he got noticed,” Miller said. “Whether it’s a college or a summer travel league coach, you never know who’s watching. Ky just took advantage of a great opportunity to perform in front of major league scouts.”


(By the way, Madison thumped Herndon so badly that day that Herndon turned off the scoreboard during the scrimmage so as to not bruise the Hornets’ confidence too much headed into the season).


Parrott plans to meet with the Brewers in the next week or so to discuss his options. If he signs, he would be the second Herndon player currently in a big-league farm system. Outfielder Brandon Guyer, a 2004 All-Met, is with the Tampa Bay Rays’ Class AAA team in Durham, N.C. Guyer had 50 plate appearances with the big-league club in 2011 and 2012.


Parrott, the 782nd selection in the draft, ended up being selected 10 rounds ahead of McGuire, a projected fourth- to sixth-round pick who had the leverage of a University of Texas scholarship and might have been considered difficult to sign. So McGuire slid to the Colorado Rockies with the 1,069th pick.


“It’s very nice to have options,” Parrott said. “It’s kind of a problem, but it’s a good problem to have.”



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Former Tigers letterman signs with Brewers

by The Spectrum & Daily News (St. George, Utah)


Dylan Brock, a four-year letterman at Hurricane High who played the last two seasons for Glendale Community College in Arizona, signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, his father Kirk told The Spectrum & Daily News.


Brock was drafted in the 34th round of the recent Major League Baseball Draft as pitcher — although most of his experience was at third base for GCC. Brock pitched just seven innings this season, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was clocked at 94 miles per hour. The Brewers took notice and offered him a tryout before selecting him.


“I couldn’t have imagined being (drafted as) a pitcher. Third base, yes,” Brock said. “This all just happened so fast.”


Brock reports to the Brewers’ rookie league in Phoenix this morning. He said he hopes to add two to three mph on his fastball by refining his mechanics and getting stronger.

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Tyler Alexander opens up about MLB Draft

By Joel Delgado, FIU News


Tyler Alexander has a big decision to make.


It’s a decision that will alter the course of his life, and it’s one that he is not taking lightly.


The left-hander, who joined FIU after spending two years at a junior college in central Florida, was drafted in the 27th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 8, the final day of the three-day draft.


Now he has to choose: make the jump to the professional ranks or return to FIU for his senior season.




FIU News: When and how did you find out that the Milwaukee Brewers had drafted you? What were you doing when it happened?


Tyler Alexander: Talking to the scouts I was expecting to go on Day 2 so I was at home waiting for the news, but the call never came. Then I was expecting to go early on the third day but then that didn’t happen either. I was pacing back and forth, waiting around and then I checked Twitter and saw that I was drafted by the Brewers.


FIU News: What was your reaction when you heard the news?


Alexander: I was disappointed as time went on and it was definitely stressful but once I saw that I was drafted, that all went away. I was just really excited.


FIU News: You’ve got a big decision to make as to whether to sign with the Brewers or return to FIU. What factors are in play for you as you make a decision as big as this?


Alexander: I’m still weighing my options. I’ve talked to my parents, coaches and those close to me. My dad’s been on me the last few days and I value his opinion a lot. In the end they’re all telling me the same thing: they want me to make the best decision for me and don’t want me to regret that decision.


There are pros and cons, good and bad things for both. Part of me wants to come back because I feel like I can do better but I don’t want to risk something happening that risks my chances of getting drafted next year.


FIU News: What are some of the biggest obstacles you feel you have had to overcome to get to this point and what obstacles are you going to have to face in order to make the jump to the big leagues?


Alexander: I’ve had to learn to overcome failure over my career. It’s been a bumpy road and you’ve got to fail before you can succeed. But I’ve stayed positive and believed in myself and it all worked out.


Looking forward, I’ve got to beat some guys out and work hard to earn a spot if I’m going to make it to Milwaukee.


FIU News: How has playing at FIU helped you grow?


Alexander: Division I baseball is a lot more organized and the quality of coaching is a lot better. It’s definitely helped me improve as a player and a person.


FIU News: If you do leave FIU, what will you miss most about the school and about Miami?


Alexander: Definitely my teammates and coaches. I’ve bonded with them a lot this past year and Miami has been awesome. If I go to Montana, which is where one of the Brewers’ minor league teams is, or Milwaukee, it’s going to be totally different for me.


FIU News: If you could sum up your FIU experience thus far in one word, what would it be?


Alexander: It’s been a grind. Waking up early every day, going from a Saturday night pitcher to a Friday night pitcher and taking on that responsibility, getting it done in study hall and in the classroom… It was a lot to take on.



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Here's the link in French


And your Google translation:


A young baseball player from Laval, Quebec, Charles Leblanc, realized a dream when the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball Auction, June 8


The native of Sainte-Dorothée, who celebrated his 17th birthday five days before the draft, proved the only Quebecers have attracted the attention of big league scouts. In addition, he is the youngest baseball player to be chosen.


The player infield 6 feet, 4 inches and 200 pounds would like to sign a first professional contract with the formation of Wisconsin.


"The whole family lived strong emotions. We're on a cloud. Charles was very happy, but he remains humble, both feet on the ground. He sees this as another step in his career, "said his mother Evelyn Boudreau. "He expects a contract offer by the Brewers on July 9. If not received, it will become a free agent, "she connects.


With the Ohio Warhawks


Immediately after the draft, Charles took the road to Ohio to evolve within the Warhawks, an American team comprising the best players under 18 years drafted by Major League Baseball.


Again, the product Delta Laval is the youngest player. That did not stop him from hitting the first hit of the Warhawks in the first part, on June 11.


Since the beginning of the season, Leblanc played as shortstop and third base for Associates of Laval, Midget AAA. In 2012, he played for the Wings of Quebec, the star formation less than 17 years.


Canada Games


Charles returns from the United States on July 30 to participate in the Canada Games to be held in Sherbrooke. "He will wear the colors of Quebec who covets the gold medal home," concluded the mother of the young prodigy.

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Congrats to the Brewers 32nd round pick, Ryan Deeter, on being awarded a prestigious academic award at the College World Series last night.



UCLA’s Deeter earns Elite 89 award for having highest GPA in CWS field






OMAHA, Neb. — Ryan Deeter, a junior at UCLA, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Baseball Championship.


The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.


Deeter, majoring in mathematics and economics, currently carries a 3.927 GPA. Deeter was presented with the award during the College World Series Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening in Omaha, Neb.


All GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.


Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.

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