Top pick Covey and crew meet Brewers

Top pick Covey and crew meet Brewers

ANAHEIM -- Brewers first-round Draft pick Dylan Covey donned the team's uniform for the first time on Monday. The right-hander, along with his parents and his two older brothers, made a 45-minute drive south from Pasadena, Calif., to visit with Milwaukee players before their Interleague series against the Angels.

Before he gets into uniform for real, Covey and the Brewers have to come to terms on a contract. Negotiations have yet to begin, said Dylan's father, Darrell Covey, who is handling talks to help preserve his son's amateur status. Dylan Covey has a scholarship offer from the University of San Diego.

"Dylan wants to play and they want him," Darrell Covey said. "That's as much as I know right now. ... I just believe we are going to get it done. The Brewers feel like a great fit, I don't know why that is. Sometimes, something will happen in your life and as time goes on, you'll start having doubts. With this, as time is going on, it feels better and better every day. It's not a done deal yet, but we're very optimistic."

His son echoed that enthusiasm.

"Not that I look at it and try to see myself with another team, I can't do it," Dylan Covey said. "Milwaukee might be the perfect fit for me."

Darrell Covey spoke Sunday morning via telephone with Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid, who is in the Dominican Republic looking at players. The Coveys are not expecting the Brewers to make an initial offer until the middle of the next week at the earliest.

Previous reports have set the parameters for negotiations. The signing bonus recommended by Major League Baseball for the 14th selection is about $1.7 million. Dylan Covey told the Pasadena Star-News on Draft night that he hopes his bonus has "a two in front of it." He stood by that request on Monday.

The sides have until Aug. 16 to find middle ground.

"The Brewers have been pretty clear that they are not going to try to pull any strings, and we're not going to do that either," Dylan Covey said. "I think we're going to get the job done pretty quick."

The Covey clan on Monday included Dylan; his parents, Darrell and Angela; and two older brothers, Brian and Nathan. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash helped show Covey around with West Coast crosschecker Corey Rodriguez and area scout Dan Huston. The first big leaguer to walk up and offer congratulations was Trevor Hoffman.

In his senior season at Maranatha High School, Covey went 7-1 with a 0.40 ERA and three saves with 138 strikeouts compared to 20 walks in 70 2/3 innings pitched.

"I think I'm ready to go," he said.