Good morning everyone and welcome to the Friday edition of Brewer Daily News. With the Major League Baseball Draft underway, the Milwaukee Brewers picked up two high school players who look to make an impact. Secondly, the Brewers (22-37) lost to the Philadelphia Phillies (31-30) last night.
Even after losing their first round pick by signing Kyle Lohse, the Brewers were able to rebound with two strong picks. With their 54th pick the team selected right-handed pitcher Devin Williams and at 72, they selected shortstop Tucker Neuhaus.
“Williams was much higher on our board than where we picked him,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “Some teams take a lot of college players, some teams [have varying numbers of selections].” – via Brewers.com
Both Williams and Neuhaus are high school players who may have been overlooked for that exact reason. Williams’ pitches touched a speed of up to 96 mph, but mainly sit around 90-94. Neuhaus on the other hand is a left-handed hitter who despite battling injury, did well in his senior year even with his team not winning a game.
Last night the Brewers lost to the Phillies 5-1. Wily Peralta started for Milwaukee and had another bad outing, picking up his seventh loss of the season. Peralta pitched five innings and gave up five runs, seven hits, four walks and struck out two. Donovan Hand and Burke Badenhop pitched a total of four scoreless inning of relief.
The Brew Crew’s only run came in the 8th inning after they were already down 5-0. Jonathan Lucroy hit a ground out to third, but still managed to score Ryan Braun on the out. The team was limited to five hits, yet left nine runners on base.
Tonight the Brewers play in game two of the series against the Phillies at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67 ERA) for Milwaukee and Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45 ERA) for Philadelphia.