Brewers go coast to coast during Draft
Club selects 54 players in 2008 First-Year Player Draft
MILWAUKEE -- Friday marked the end of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, and when all was said and done, the Brewers had a crop of 54 new players from across the continent.Scouting director Jack Zduriencik, general manager Doug Melvin and the team of scouts in the Brewers' Draft room tabbed prep catcher Brett Lawrie out of Canada with the 16th overall selection, but their work on Day 1 of the Draft was only just beginning. The Brewers owned six of the first 62 selections in this year's Draft, the first time the team has owned extra picks during Zduriencik's eight-year tenure as scouting director. Milwaukee received the Nos. 32, 35, 53 and 54 overall picks when Type-A free agent relievers Francisco Cordero and Scott Linebrink signed elsewhere following last season. As a result, the team had the most picks (10) of any team on Day 1 of the Draft and the feeling was that if Zduriencik and his team had a good draft, the Brewers could greatly strengthen their farm system and the organization for the future. "It's good for the game for guys to develop guys in your system and we've always done that," Zduriencik said. "The only guy in the field on Opening Day this year that wasn't drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers was Jason Kendall, so that tells you something. Developing the guys we draft is very important for us."
Brewers' top five selections
|16.||C||Brett Lawrie||Brookswood SS|
|32.||RHP||Jacob Odorizzi||Highland HS (Ill.)|
|35.||LHP||Evan Frederickson||U of San Francisco|
|53.||RHP||Seth Lintz||Marshall County HS (Tenn.)|
|54.||CF||Cutter Dykstra||Westlake HS (Calif.)|
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Dave Fultz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.