Brewers draft six players in first three rounds; Arnett is top choice
The Milwaukee Brewers took Indiana University right-hander Eric Arnett as their first pick Tuesday in the Major League Draft.
He was the 26th overall selection. And it was the first time the Brewers chose a college pitcher as their top draft choice since Ben Sheets in 1999.
It's no secret the Brewers need pitching in their farm system, but scouting director Bruce Seid said he continued the team's tradition of taking the best player available.
Arnett went 12-2 this spring in his junior year at Indiana with a 2.50 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 108 innings.
He's a power pitcher with a fastball in the mid-90 mph range. Arnett threw six complete games for the Hoosiers this year, while averaging almost eight innings per start.
He was among several draft-eligible players who worked out at Miller Park last weekend, and he said he thought the Brewers might take him.
Arnett says he's looking forward to getting signed and started as soon as possible.
The Brewers also had two supplemental first round choices. They took University of Tennessee outfielder Kentrail Davis with the 39th pick and they took right-hander Kyle Heckathorn of Kennesaw State University at No. 47.
In the second round, Milwaukee drafted outfielder Maxwell Walla from the Albuquerque Academy at No. 73, and catcher Cameron Garfield of Murietta Valley High School in California at 74.
With the 105th pick in the third round, Milwaukee took shortstop Joshua Prince of Tulane University.
The draft continues today through the 30th round.
Twenty more rounds take place on Thursday.