Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Brewers Draft: Braun Update

Bottom of the page, there is a video of Braun's reaction to being selected by the Crew. He even calls them a "tremendous organization."

Adam McCalvy already has an article on our first round pick.

With the fifth overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player draft the Brewers selected University of Miami third baseman Ryan Braun. He can hit, he can run and he can play a number of different positions (some scouts project him as a big league outfielder), and he is closer to the Majors than any high-ceiling high schooler the Brewers may have coveted.

Braun, 21, is just the second collegiate player drafted by Zduriencik, but the other -- Southern University second baseman Rickie Weeks -- was a no-brainer at No. 2 overall in 2003. Zduriencik's other picks were all straight high-ceiling, long-term projects out of high school: outfielder Dave Krynzel (2000), right-hander Mike Jones (2001), first baseman Prince Fielder (2002) and right-hander Mark Rogers (2004).

"I can bunt, I can steal bases and I can hit the ball hard and with power,' Braun told MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo last month. "I can help my team win games in a number of ways."