MILWAUKEE -- Taylor Jungmann was still a University of Texas Longhorn on Friday night, and until that team's collegiate season is officially over, he had little interest in discussing a future with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers picked Jungmann, Texas' 6-foot-4, right-handed ace, with the 12th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Monday. He declined to participate in a Draft-day conference call with Brewers beat writers, bucking a tradition followed by each of the team's top picks since at least the early 1990s, because the Longhorns are still alive in the NCAA Super Regional. Jungmann pitched 7 1/3 strong innings but lost to Arizona State, 3-1, in the opener of a best-of-three series on Friday.
The loss could prove to be Jungmann's final amateur outing, but when Austin American-Statesman reporter Kirk Bohls asked the pitcher about a potential future with the Brewers, he had little to say.
"It's exciting for my family and friends, but I'm just not focused on that right now," Jungmann said.
Jungmann made clear he has nothing against Milwaukee. He simply has business to tend to first.
"There's just not anything going through my head right now," he said. "Like when you asked about this maybe being my last game here. It's not something going through my mind. I'm not worried about that at all."
Jungmann was one of two Brewers first-round picks; the team also selected Georgia Tech left-hander Jed Bradley at No. 15 overall. He has also declined interview requests at the urging of his advisor, Greg Genske. Genske is a well-known football and baseball agent who also represents Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks.