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Brewers continue family Draft ties

Brewers continue family Draft ties

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' Draft gurus are big on bloodlines.

They spent two of its 10 Draft picks Thursday on players with big league relatives including second-round selection Cutter Dykstra, a shortstop-turned-center fielder from Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Calif. and the son of Lenny Dykstra, who played 12 seasons for the Phillies and Mets.

In the sixth round, the Brewers selected infielder Jose Duran, whose brother, German, made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers earlier this season.

The Dykstras joined a growing list of fathers and sons with ties to the Major Leagues and Milwaukee's draft list.

Two sons of Major Leaguers are currently with Milwaukee. Current first baseman Prince Fielder, Milwaukee's first-round selection in 2002 and the son of former All-Star slugger Cecil Fielder. Later in the '02 Draft, the Brewers took right-hander Tim Dillard, son of former big league infielder Steve, in the 34th round.

The following season, the Brewers took Tony Gwynn, Jr. in the second round. The younger Gwynn began this season with the Brewers but is currently playing at Triple-A Nashville.

In 2005, the Brewers used a seventh-round pick on outfielder Michael Brantley, son of former Mariners outfielder Mickey. They selected infielder Joey Paciorek in the 15th round in 2007, son of onetime Brewers utility man Jim.

The Brewers also signed Ned Yost IV as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He's the son of the current Brewers manager, and earlier this year began a career in the organization as a coach.

"[My dad] didn't want me to play baseball just because he did," Cutter Dykstra told MLB.com last month. "He didn't want me to feel pressure into playing it. He wanted me to come to love the game and it worked out perfectly because that is exactly what happened."

Brewers' top five selections
Pick
POS
Name
School
16.CBrett LawrieBrookswood SS
32.RHPJacob OdorizziHighland HS (Ill.)
35.LHPEvan FredericksonU of San Francisco
53.RHPSeth LintzMarshall County HS (Tenn.)
54.CFCutter DykstraWestlake HS (Calif.)
Complete Brewers Draft results >
Like a number of other recent Brewers picks in the First-Year Player Draft -- Fielder, 2005 first-rounder Ryan Braun and 2007 top pick Matt LaPorta come to mind -- Dykstra's bat got him noticed, and his defense is a work in progress. In 29 games this season, Dykstra hit .473, mirrored his father's on-base skills by reaching base nearly 60 percent of the time, and posted a 1.320 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage).

"He can fly and he's an offensive weapon," said Lenny Dykstra, who has been a successful business owner and investor since the end of his playing career. "Cutter's got thunder to all fields and he's a run-scoring machine. His ceiling is very high. He is very raw.

"You just look at him and watch him. He's going to play in the big leagues. He's going to help somebody win in the big leagues and he's going to put people in the seats."

The elder Dykstra and current Brewers scouting director Jack Zduriencik both began their career with the Mets, Dykstra in 1981, as a 13th-round Draft pick, and Zduriencik, in 1983, as a scout.

Cutter Dykstra, who has a scholarship waiting at UCLA should he choose not to sign with the Brewers, went to Milwaukee with the 54th overall selection, one of six Brewers picks of the first 62 on Thursday.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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