MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers made 14 selections during the second day of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft today from Rounds 2-15.
The Brewers drafted OF Tyrone Taylor from Torrance (CA) High School with their second round selection (92nd overall). He batted .479 (35-for-73) with two home runs, 25 RBI and 16 stolen bases this past season. A two-sport athlete, he played running back and safety on his high school football team. He has a scholarship offer to Cal-State Fullerton.
Milwaukee used their first four selections of the MLB Draft on position players (C Clint Coulter, 27th overall; OF Victor Roache, 28th overall; OF Mitch Haniger, 38th overall; and Taylor). This marks the first time since 2007 that the Brewers selected four consecutive position players at the start of the draft. In 2007, Milwaukee selected 1B/OF Matt LaPorta, C Jonathan Lucroy, 2B Eric Farris and OF Caleb Gindl.
Milwaukee selected three consecutive pitchers from Rounds 3-5. RHP Zach Quintana (3rd Round, #122) went 9-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 12 games for Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has a commitment to San Diego State University. RHP Tyler Wagner (4th Round, #155), a junior at the University of Utah, posted a 3.59 ERA and two saves in 22 appearances. He earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2011 after going 4-3 with a 2.04 ERA and a school-record 12 saves in 25 appearances. RHP Damien Magnifico (5th Round, # 185) went 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA and two saves in 21 games (seven starts) at Oklahoma University.
In the 12th round, Milwaukee chose RHP Eric Semmelhack from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He attended Oak Creek (WI) High School and is currently pitching for the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League. Eric is the son of Michael and Kim Semmelhack.
Overall, the Brewers have made 17 selections over the first two days of the draft, which includes 10 college players and seven high school players. Milwaukee has selected 10 pitchers (two left-handers and eight right-handers), two infielders, one catcher and four outfielders.
The Draft will resume tomorrow for Rounds 16-40 at 11 a.m. CT and will continue through its conclusion.