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Brewers draft 26th in today's Major League Draft

The Milwaukee Brewers will have the 26th pick when the Major League Baseball Draft begins this evening.

The Brewers are at a lower spot than normal, because they made the playoffs last year.

The last time Milwaukee drafted so low was in 1983, right after they made their only World Series.

But they got a pretty good pick that year in closer Dan Plesac.

And new Brewers' scouting director Bruce Seid is convinced he'll get some top talent in his first year of replacing Jack Zduriencik, who's now the general manager in Seattle.

Seid says there are more pitchers available than position players.

And with five selections in the first 74, he says the team can be creative and get a good balance of prospects.

The Brewers need pitching help in the farm system, but Seid says he'll stick with Zduriencik's strategy and take the best players available.

Zduriencik also put a premium on signability, getting a player signed and started as soon as possible.

Milwaukee has two supplemental first round picks, plus two second-round selections.

The 39th and 73rd picks came from the New York Yankees, as compensation for losing starter C.C. Sabathia.

The draft starts at 5 p.m. today, and the new MLB Network will show the entire first round. Daytime sessions are planned Wednesday and Thursday. There are 50 rounds in all.