Brewers Farm Report
RHP Barrett Astin – 90th selection (Third Round) Selection from University of Arkansas (Jr.)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height: 6’1″ Weight: 200 lbs Born: October 22, 1991
The third-round selection served as the Razorbacks closer in 2012 and helped them reach the College World Series. This season he has bounced back and forth between the rotation and bullpen, pitching well in both roles.
Astin relies on his low-90s sinker. It has good tailing action and he isn’t afraid to attack hitters with it. His secondary offerings aren’t as well-developed as his fastball, but he has the makings of a solid slider.
Astin will have to improve his offspeed pitches to be a starter as a professional, but he also has the makeup to pitch in high-leverage situations as a reliever.
The right-handed pitcher has already spoken up about his selection by Milwaukee in an interview with an Arkansas Fox affiliate about his decision whether or not he will return to the Razorbacks: http://nwahomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=436022
RHP Taylor Williams – 122nd selection (Fourth Round) from Kent State (Jr.)
Bats/Throws: Switch/Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 195 lbs Born: July 21, 1991
Williams began his college career at Washington State, but played sparingly as a freshman in 2011 before transferring to Mount Hood Community College in Oregon. He transferred to Kent State this year and has become the Golden Flashes’ top starter.
The right-hander grabbed attention in February when he struck out Kris Bryant three times in a Kent State victory.
The Junior has a typical arsenal of pitches but might need to improve some of his pitches or add an extra one in order to become successful in the minor leagues.
He mixes his low-90s fastball effectively with a slider and changeup. Williams’ delivery has some effort to it, though he is athletic enough to largely compensate for it.
Still, his delivery and short stature (he’s listed at 5-foot-11) will likely make him a reliever as a professional.
Here is video footage of Williams in February facing off against San Diego.
RHP Joshua Uhen – 152nd selection (Fifth Round) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height: 6’4″ Weight: 185 lbs Born: April 7, 1992
With April 2011 Tommy John surgery clearly in his rear view mirror, this hard-throwing Wisconsin-Milwaukee reliever used a solid 2013 season to move up Draft boards.
Uhen has plenty of arm strength, with a fastball that can sit at around 94 mph and touch as high as 97 mph at times. The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore has good life and sink to his two-seamer as well.
His other pitches are still works in progress, though both his changeup and slider could be Major League average in the future. Uhen didn’t pitch a ton this spring out of the pen and has some command issues to work through. Should he sign, his future is likely coming out of a big league bullpen.
The Oshkosh, Wis. native collected a 1-0 record with a 3.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 21-and-a-third innings pitched for the Panthers last season.
Uhen’s hometown newspaper fielded an interview with Uhen following the Brewers’ selection, where the pitcher calls it a “dream come true”
1B Garrett Cooper – 182nd selection (sixth round) from University of Auburn (AL)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height: 6’5″ Weight: 230 lbs Born: December 25, 1990
Senior Garrett Cooper became the first Auburn player selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft when the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the sixth round on Friday.
A first baseman, Cooper was pick No. 182 overall and extended Auburn’s run of MLB selections to 39 consecutive drafts, dating to the 1975 season.
“This is probably one of the better feelings I have had in my life,” Cooper said. “My advisor called me and the Brewers took me right on the spot. I didn’t even have time to think about it.”
A Second Team All-SEC selection in 2013, Cooper finished the season hitting .354, which was seventh among SEC players at the end of the regular season. He also finished the year among the league leaders in overall slugging percentage (.540, sixth), on base percentage (.481, second), home runs (seven, tied for seventh), total bases (102, tied for 13th) and walks (37, tied for third). His on base percentage ranks ninth all-time in Auburn history for a single season.
“After my junior year and getting hurt at the end of the year I wanted to put on weight and thought that would pay dividends in my senior year,” Cooper said. “I think it helped, hitting over .350 with seven bombs. We ended the season on a sour note but for myself I felt like I had a great season and that showed with the draft this year.”
A transfer from El Camino Community College prior to the 2012 season, the Manhattan Beach, Calif., native hit .340 during his two-year stay at Auburn. In 105 games he collected 21 doubles, one triple and 12 home runs, driving in 68 RBI and scoring 66 runs. He finished his career with a .503 slugging percentage and a .452 on base percentage. Defensively he had a career .989 fielding percentage.
Cooper is Auburn’s highest draft pick since Dan Gamache was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with pick No. 182 in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Milwaukee’s selection of Cooper marked the first time he has been drafted in his career.
Milwaukee had selected five Auburn players prior to the Cooper selection: LHP Monte Sharp (1965, 22nd Rd.), LHP Richard Nance (1970, 2nd Rd. June Secondary Phase), RHP Mark Chapman (1987, 18th Rd.), RHP Scott Sullivan (1992, 39th Rd. – Did Not Sign) and IF Hunter Morris (2010, 4th Rd.).
CF Omar Garcia – 212th selection (seventh round) from Miami Dade CC South (FL)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height: 5’9″ Weight: 160 lbs Born: August 8, 1993
With their seventh-round pick (No. 212 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Brewers selected center fielder Omar Garcia out of Miami Dade Community College South.
“I saw him at Miami Dade this year and I told my scouts, ‘Let’s keep an eye on this guy. He can play a good game,'” Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said.
Garcia played two seasons at the Miami, Fla., junior college and hit .447 with 19 RBIs and 39 runs scored in his 2013 sophomore campaign.
What stood out most to Seid, though, was Garcia’s speed as he stole 32 bases in 39 games.
“He can fly,” Seid said. “Love the speed. He plays a good center field, he knows his game. He gets on base and plays small ball. He’s an exciting player to watch.”
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Oviedo, Fla., native bats and throws from the right side and attended Lake Howell High School in Seminole, Fla.
He was the third position player selected by the Brewers and the first outfielder.
CF Brandon Diaz – 242nd Selection (Eight Round) from American Heritage School (FL)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height: 5’11” Weight: 175 lbs Born: April 14, 1995
The Brewers grabbed another speedy outfielder out of the state Florida in Diaz. He is currently committed to Florida International.
With their eighth-round pick (242nd overall), the Brewers selected CF Brandon Diaz from American Heritage (FL) High School.
The right-handed batter helped lead the Patriots to a 25-4 record in his senior season. He batted .478 with seven home runs, 22 RBI and 44 runs scored over 28 games.
Diaz was a Rawlings 2013 all-region first-team member and was also a Perfect Game second-team underclassmen all-American last season.
LHP – Tyler Linehan – 272nd selection (Ninth round) from Fresno State (Jr.)
Bats/Throws: Left/Left Height: 6′ Weight: 200 lbs Born: August 30, 1991
From the Fresno Bee
Tyler Linehan passed up a chance to turn pro three years ago.
He doesn’t see himself doing it this time around.
The Fresno State left-hander said he expects to skip his senior season and sign with Milwaukee after the Brewers took him in the ninth round of the Major League draft Friday.
“I think the coaches at Fresno State did a good job getting me ready for the next level, and I’m looking forward to the new challenges,” Linehan said. “I was thrilled when I got the call and saw my name on the Internet.”
Fresno State also saw senior catcher Austin Wynns go in the 10th round to Baltimore after junior outfielder Aaron Judge was a first-round selection Thursday by the New York Yankees.
The Bulldogs also have had two recruits drafted: Kerman High pitcher Carlos Salazar was taken Friday in the third round by Atlanta and Serra-San Mateo outfielder Jordan Paroubeck in the second round Thursday by San Diego.
Salazar’s agent said Friday that his client will sign with the Braves and Paroubeck also is likely to sign, leaving it to Bulldogs coach Mike Batesole to scour the summer circuit for replacement recruits.
Major League teams have until July 15 to sign their picks.
The 6-foot, 240-pound Linehan is coming off his worst season with the Bulldogs after going 3-7 with a 5.90 ERA. But he has shown flashes of dominance, with 171 strikeouts in 1792/3 career innings.
Linehan is looking at a signing bonus of about $140,000.
“I didn’t have the year that I wanted,” said Linehan, a 14th-round selection by Seattle in 2010. “The thing is, I feel like I’m ready for the future. And it’s still good money.”
RF Michael Ratterree – 302nd selection (tenth round) from Rice University (TX)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right Height: 6’1″ Weight: 210 lbs Born: February 9, 1991
The Milwaukee Brewers selected Rice right fielder Michael Ratterree in the tenth round of Friday’s Major League Baseball draft. Ratterree was taken with the No. 302 overall pick.
A senior from Memorial, Ratterree hit .270 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 62 games to help lead the Owls to the NCAA super regional. He led the team with 48 runs and was second with a .442 slugging percentage.
Ratterree has 31 home runs in his career.
Ratterree’s profile on the Rice University Athletics website: