Crew adds pitching depth with Burkhalter in 6th

Crew adds pitching depth with Burkhalter in 6th

The Brewers selected David Burkhalter, a right-handed pitcher from Ruston (La.) High School, with their sixth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Burkhalter is committed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe, the school of former Milwaukee star Ben Sheets.

Burkhalter, the Brewers' seventh pick of the Draft, was the third pitcher and fifth high school player taken by the Crew. Draft analyst Jonathan Mayo said the trend was a positive change from Milwaukee's usual Draft strategy.

"In the past, they've thought, 'We need quick fixes, so let's go out and get a whole bunch of college pitching,'" Mayo said. "I like that they've attacked this Draft aggressively. It may have taken them a while to get there, but there's not a rush right now. The guys they've gotten are all young. They've got a ton of upside."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at noon CT.

Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.