MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU)The Milwaukee Brewers used their first three draft picks on high school prospects last night. A left-handed pitcher from Hawaii was the Brewers' first round selection. Kodi Medeiros of Hilo was taken with the 12th overall pick.
Milwaukee also took shortstop Jacob Gatewood of Clovis High School in California with the 41st pick in the initial competitive balance round. Milwaukee used its second-round choice on outfielder Monte Harrison of Lee's Summit West high in Missouri. He was 50th overall.
Brewers' scouting director Bruce Seid (side) said they were not "safe" picks, but all three players have serious talent. Whether the Brewers can sign them is another story, as all three had committed to play in college -- Medeiros at Pepperdine, Gatewood at U-S-C, and Harrison with Nebraska.
The 6-2 Medeiros threw as fast as 97 miles an hour during a workout at Miller Park on May 29th. He said he'd talk with his parents and an adviser before deciding whether to go pro. Medeiros turned 18 on May 25th. He went 7-and-1 in his senior year of high school with a whopping 83 strikeouts in 43-and-a-third innings, and a stingy E-R-A of point-97. He was Hawaii's highest-drafted player ever, and the first since 2001 to be taken in the first two rounds.
Houston made San Diego prep pitcher Brady Aiken the top overall pick in the Draft, which continues today with rounds three-through-ten. .