Brewers find athletes, lots of pitching on Day 2
Crew drafts OF Taylor, spends 10 of last 13 picks on arms
MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers wrapped up Day 1 of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, it was obvious the organization was looking for some power with all three of its selections.
But after Milwaukee took Tyrone Taylor, an outfielder from Torrance, Calif., with its first pick of Day 2, it became clear the Brewers had loaded up not just on power, but also on athletes early in the Draft.
That was no mistake.
"We like to look for the athletic type kids," amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said. "Our focus a few years ago turned to strong, athletic type guys, and we do have criteria. ... These guys fit our criteria."
Including Taylor, three of the first four Milwaukee selections were high school standouts in more sports than just baseball. First-rounder Clint Coulter (No. 27 overall), was a state championship wrestler in Washington, going 39-1 as a sophomore before giving up the sport to focus on being a catcher.
Outfielder Mitch Haniger -- taken at No. 38 in Monday's supplemental round -- committed to playing baseball at Cal Poly prior to his senior year at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. Before that, though, Haniger said colleges on the West Coast recruited him for football to play receiver -- a position at which he caught 85 passes for 888 yards and seven touchdowns. Similarly, Taylor (second round, No. 92 overall) ran for more than 1,000 yards and starred at safety as a senior at Torrance High School.
For Coulter, at least, playing another sport improved him as a baseball player.
|1||HOU||SS Carlos Correa|
|2||MIN||OF Byron Buxton|
|3||SEA||C Mike Zunino|
|4||BAL||RHP Kevin Gausman|
|5||KC||RHP Kyle Zimmer|
|6||CHC||OF Albert Almora|
|7||SD||LHP Max Fried|
|8||PIT||RHP Mark Appel|
|9||MIA||LHP Andrew Heaney|
|10||COL||OF David Dahl|
|11||OAK||SS Addison Russell|
|12||NYM||SS Gavin Cecchini|
|13||CWS||OF Courtney Hawkins|
|14||CIN||RHP Nick Travieso|
|15||CLE||OF Tyler Naquin|
|16||WAS||RHP Lucas Giolito|
|17||TOR||OF D.J. Davis|
|18||LAD||SS Corey Seager|
|19||STL||RHP Michael Wacha|
|20||SF||RHP Chris Stratton|
|21||ATL||RHP Lucas Sims|
|22||TOR||RHP Marcus Stroman|
|23||STL||OF James Ramsey|
|24||BOS||SS Deven Marrero|
|25||TB||3B/1B Richie Shaffer|
|26||ARI||C Stryker Trahan|
|27||MIL||C Clint Coulter|
|28||MIL||OF Victor Roache|
|29||TEX||OF Lewis Brinson|
|30||NYY||RHP Ty Hensley|
|31||BOS||LHP Brian Johnson|
Seid said the competitive nature of dual-sport athletes is part of what makes them so appealing to him and his scouts. As for Taylor, who said he "just played football for fun," there's one main aspect of football that he thinks will help him as a professional baseball player.
"Probably the physicalness," he said. "I like the toughness mentality, and I think I can bring that mentality from the football field to the baseball field."
Seid said Taylor has all the tools you would expect from a guy who registered 190 tackles as a safety his senior year.
"He's a combination of power and speed that can play center field," Seid said. "He was too good to pass up."
After Taylor's second-round selection, the Brewers spent the rest of Day 2 headed in a different direction.
Milwaukee used 10 of its final 13 picks Tuesday to draft pitchers, including right-handers and Las Vegas products Zach Quintana (third round, No. 122) and Tyler Wagner (fourth round, No. 155). The Brewers also took right-hander Damien Magnifico out of Oklahoma in the fifth round (No. 185 overall). Seid said Magnifico's fastball regularly hits 100 mph, but he needs to improve on his slider and develop better secondary pitches.
"After [the second round], we looked on the board, and it afforded us to start looking at some big arms," Seid said. "The way the Draft was going, we felt comfortable with some of the athletes and the players we got in the first few rounds. ... We felt this was an opportunity to capitalize on a few big arms.
The Draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 16-40, starting at 11 a.m. CT.
Round 2, Tyrone Taylor, CF, Torrance High School, California
Taylor -- the third outfielder selected by Milwaukee in the Draft -- is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound right-hander with athletic ability that jumped out at the Brewers. Committed to Cal State Fullerton, Taylor batted .473 with six home runs, 26 RBIs and 10 stolen bases as a junior in 2011.
Round 3, Zach Quintana, RHP, Arbor View High School, Nevada
Listed at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Quintana is a right-handed pitcher with a fastball he said tops out at about 96 mph. Armed with a curveball and changeup to go with his fastball, Quintana, who just turned 18 last month, is committed to play at San Diego State.
Round 4, Tyler Wagner, RHP, Utah
The second straight pitcher from Las Vegas taken by the Brewers, Wagner made 22 appearances for Utah this year as a junior. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander registered two saves with a 3.59 ERA. He also notched 34 strikeouts and 27 walks in 42 2/3 innings.
Wagner had a more successful sophomore campaign in 2011, boasting a 2.04 ERA and school-record 12 saves on the way to being named a First-Team All-Mountain West Conference reliever.
Round 5, Damien Magnifico, RHP, Oklahoma
Standing 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Magnifico owns a fastball that consistently hits 100 mph, but the Brewers want to see him develop his slider. The right-hander went 3-1 in seven starts this season at Oklahoma, appearing in 21 games overall with a 3.68 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.
Round 6, Angel Ortega, SS, Colegio Hector Urdaneta High School, Puerto Rico
Ortego is a slender middle infielder, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 160 pounds. The switch-hitter is committed to play college baseball at Alabama State.
Round 7, David Otterman, LHP, University of British Columbia
In 12 starts this season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Otterman went 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA. He surrendered 45 walks in 77 innings, but he also struck out 72 batters and allowed just one home run.
Round 8, Edgardo Rivera, CF, Puerto Rico Baseball Acadamy, Puerto Rico
Rivero has shown good range in the outfield but is limited by his arm. At 155 pounds, the 18-year-old likely will never be a power hitter, but he has proven to be a solid contact hitter
Round 9, Alejandro Lavandero, RHP, Belen Jesuit Prep School, Florida
Lavandero's fastball has been clocked as high as 92 mph. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound right-hander is a switch-hitter at the plate.
Round 10, Anthony Banda, LHP, San Jacinto College North
In 13 games this season, Banda accumulated a 7-1 record along with a 2.01 ERA. Banda, who stands 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, also struck out 73 batters in 71 2/3 innings.
Round 11, James Gainey, RHP, United States Naval Academy
As a sophomore with the Midshipmen this season, Gainey was 3-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts. He was second on the team with 54 strikeouts. During his freshman year, Gainey struck out six batters in two separate relief appearances.
Round 12, Eric Semmelhack, RHP, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
A product of Oak Creek, Wis., Semmelhack drew the Brewers in with his size, standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. In his junior campaign with the Panthers, Semmelhack registered 72 strikeouts and a 3.77 ERA on the way to a 5-7 record in 15 starts.
Round 13, Alan Sharkey, 1B, Coral Springs High School, Florida
Sharkey batted .435 with 29 RBIs and four home runs in his senior year with the Colts. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound first baseman is committed to play his college baseball at Nova Southeastern University.
Round 14, Ryan Gibbard, RHP, Lynn University
Standing at a tall 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Gibbard struck out 84 batters in 82 innings this season with the Fighting Knights. He finished the year with a 7-2 record in 13 starts.
Round 15, Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech
Farmer has a good fastball that can hit the mid-90s on occasion, but his best pitch is his changeup. He went 8-4 as the Yellow Jackets' No. 1 starter this season, recording a 3.54 ERA in 106 2/3 innings pitched.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.