While I have a minute, a few Brewers draft notes…
- The signing deadline for the June draft picks, as you probably know, is the end of the day on Monday.
- If I had to put a probability on the Brewers signing both of their 1st round picks (Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley), I’d say 98%.
- If I had to guess which one of those two is more likely to not sign, I’d say Jungmann. The Brewers have to sign Bradley. He was picked as compensation for not signing first round pick Dylan Covey last year. If they don’t sign Bradley, they lose the pick and receive no further draft compensation.
- I’m not trying to say I don’t think Jungmann won’t sign, although I would be much less heartbroken if the Brewers failed to sign him as opposed to Bradley. If Jungmann didn’t sign, the Brewers would get the 13th overall pick next year.
- Unsigned 12th round pick Andrew Cain, a corner OF from UNC-Wilmington, should have been a relatively easy sign for the Brewers, but that never happened and he’s been absent from the summer baseball circuit. Don’t know what’s going on there.
- Unsigned 13th round pick Mallex Smith, a center fielder from Rickards HS in Tallahassee, FL, has passed over an offer from Florida State to commit to Sante Fe JC (located in Gainsville, not New Mexico). Playing at Santa Fe makes him eligible for the 2012 draft if he doesn’t sign with the Brewers by Monday night. It’s been said that Smith is “dead set” on going pro, and I think the Brewers have a decent chance to sign him.
- Unsigned 16th and 18th round picks, LHP Carlos Rodon and SS Chris McFarland, are both exciting high school talents that will command a price well over the recommended slot value to sign. Both are still in play for the Brewers and both would be huge gets for the system. Rodon hails from North Carolina and is a big recruit for North Carolina State. McFarland is from Texas has a strong commitment to Rice. Both of their decisions will come down to the wire on Monday.