MILWAUKEE -- With 10 days to go before the deadline to sign picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was asked Saturday whether he could report any progress.
"No," Melvin said, "but we're pretty confident we can get him in."
Him in this case is Dylan Covey. The Brewers picked the Pasadena, Calif., right-hander with the 14th overall pick in the Draft. He has a scholarship from the University of San Diego for leverage, and Covey's father, Darrell, is handling negotiations instead of an agent to preserve his son's amateur status.
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid is in California, but Melvin was not certain whether there had been any face-to-face meetings in recent days.
Only four of the 13 players picked before Covey have signed including only one pitcher, 12th overall pick Chris Sale, a collegiate left-hander who made his Major League debut Friday for the White Sox.
With the short-season Minor Leagues nearing their end, even if Covey does sign, he will probably have to wait until 2011 to make his debut.
"We'd like to get him out there earlier, and in most cases we have," Melvin said.