Brewers' 1st Rd. Pick Is Pitcher
By Todd Welter
The Brewers farm system has been known for their bats but not some much for their young arms. So the Brewers used the 26th pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft to boost their young pitching reputation.
The Brewers selected right handed pitcher Eric Arnett in the first round. Arnett just completed his junior season at Indiana University where he was named the Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Year. He tied the school record for wins in a season with 12 and strikeouts with 109.
"I feel with the selection of Eric Arnett, we took the best player available," Brewers Director of Amateur Scouting Bruce Seid said in a statement issued by the team. "He is someone that will be a great fit in our organization and will make us better as a whole."
Arnett was also named Second Team All-American by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball News.
The Brewers also had two supplemental first round picks. The Crew choose outfielder Kentrail Davis out of the University of Tennessee with the 39th overall selection. Milwaukee then used the 47th pick overall to take another pitcher as it selected right handed pitcher Kyle Heckathorn out of Kennesaw State University.
The Brewers had two more picks in the second round and selected outfielder Maxwell Walla from Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico with the 73rd pick. Milwaukee then used the 74th pick on high school catcher Cameron Garfield.
The Brewers wrapped up day one of the First-Year Player Draft by drafting shortstop Joshua Prince from Tulane University in the third round.