For a 19-year-old catcher from a continent not known for breeding baseball prospects, Milan Post attracted the attention of nine Major League clubs until he agreed to terms on a minor league contract with Milwaukee.
Post suffered a significant setback when he was diagnosed with rheumatism when he was 16-years-old and took more than a full season to remedy the problem.
The catcher played in the Dutch professional league in Amsterdam in 2012 when he discovered his health setback.
Post told a Netherlands newspaper about his experience with rheumatism and what was required to bounce back.
“Until then, everything went well. I was even a few months not even walk. Then there are American clubs with a line through your name,” Post said in the translated version of the honkbalsite.com website January 9.
After rebounding and rectifying the situation, Post was unable to meet his personally high expectations when he made a comeback for the World Cup of Baseball in 2012.
“I went to Junior Team for the World Cup in South Korea. But this World Cup, I messed up. I had too high expectations of myself,” Post said in the January 9 report.
Post made the decision to attend San Jacinto College in Houston based on the advice of Major League scouts, but it all changed when Milwaukee came knocking.
Brewers’ minor league catching coordinator Charlie Greene observed Post’s abilities for ten days at the Maryvale Spring Training complex.
Additionally, Post followed up with a series of medical tests to declare him healthy for Milwaukee.
Post eventually signed a seven-year minor league contract with Milwaukee and decided to bypass his college opportunity with San Jacinto.
“I am really looking forward to it,” Post said. “I’m very curious what it will be. I expect that I will start for the Arizona League Brewers.”
However, Post will not head to the Brewers’ rookie league affiliate blindly.
“So I know the club house, the property and a number of people,” Post said.