First-round pick Kodi Medeiros signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, as did fellow first-day selections Jake Gatewood and Monte Harrison. (Screen capture from youtube.com)

Milwaukee Brewers Draft Gamble Pays Off Huge


There were questions about whether or not the Milwaukee Brewers had made a huge mistake with their three picks on the first day of the first-year player draft earlier this month.

They drafted a trio of high-schoolers, all three of whom already had college scholarship commitments in hand and one of whom was headed to the University of Nebraska to play football and baseball.

The thinking was if the Brewers got one of them to sign, it was a win. Two was a bonus. All three was like hitting the lotto.

The Brewers introduced their winning ticket combination at Miller Park on Saturday after signing all three—first-round left-hander Kodi Medeiros, compensation round pick shortstop Jake Gatewood and second-round selection center fielder Monte Harrison to contracts.

The trio got paid well for giving up their immediate college futures.

Medeiros, who had committed to Pepperdine, agreed to a $2.5 million bonus plus $240,000 for future educational expenses, according to MLB.com. The bonus was slightly below the slot figure for the 12th overall pick.

But Milwaukee went well above slot on the other two picks.

Gatewood agreed to a $1.83 million bonus to forego his commitment to USC and Harrison got $1.8 million to give up his dream of being a two-sport player for the Huskers.

Those three bonuses pushed the Brewers $839,100 over the slot value for the three picks, but the club was able to save elsewhere among their picks in the top 10 rounds and will not have to pay a penalty for going over the slot limits.

The club said Saturday it has signed 22 of its picks so far.

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