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Brewers' scouting efforts go high-tech

Brewers' scouting efforts go high-tech

ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers have been breaking in their new "war room" at Miller Park over the past two weeks in advance of Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft on Monday. It includes some new, high-tech toys, including "smart boards" that allow amateur scouting director Bruce Seid & Co. to compare data and video of different prospects side-by-side.

But the "big board" is still low-tech, a giant magnetic board on which the Brewers list hundreds of players in order of preference.

"We've put in lots of hours, thousands of miles in travel, and I think we're ready for this," Seid said.

Brewers scouts gathered for a five-day regional meeting on May 21, then they broke to see collegiate conference tournaments before returning to Miller Park on May 30 to begin assembling the Draft board. MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire Draft from Monday to Wednesday on MLB.com/Live, and the first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, beginning with the Draft preview show at 5 p.m. CT.

The Brewers own the 14th overall pick for the first time in club history. Notable players chosen 14th overall include outfielder Jason Heyward by Atlanta in 2007, catcher Jason Varitek by Seattle in 1994, first baseman Derrek Lee by San Diego in '93, first baseman/outfielder Cliff Floyd by Montreal in '91 and first baseman Tino Martinez by Seattle in '88.

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