Local pitcher among Draft signees

Local pitcher among Draft signees

CHICAGO -- The Brewers have already signed 14 of the 51 players they selected last week in the First-Year Player Draft including their only local pick, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee right-hander Chad Pierce.

Pierce, 23, of Fond du Lac, Wis., was assigned to the Brewers' advanced rookie affiliate in Helena, Mont. That team will begin workouts on Tuesday ahead of its June 21 season opener.

The following players were also signed and assigned to Helena: Left-hander Michael Strong (10th round), right-hander Jacob Barnes (14th), right-hander Andrew Moye (15th), right-hander Sean Albury (31st), shortstop Adrian Williams (45th) and second baseman Gant Elmore (49th).

The highest signee was ninth-rounder Malcolm Dowell, an 18-year-old center fielder from LaGrange (Ga.) High School. He was assigned to rookie-level Arizona, which also begins workouts Tuesday and opens its season on June 20.

Nine others were signed and assigned to Arizona, including three undrafted players: Catcher Adam Weisenburger (34th round), right-hander Mitchell Conner (36th), right-hander Casey Medlen (37th), third baseman Jalen Harris (41st), left-hander Mike Francisco (48th), right fielder Matthew Franco (50th), right-hander Gregory Davis (undrafted), right fielder Brandon Macias (undrafted) and left-hander Stephen Peterson (undrafted).

The deadline for teams to sign their Draft picks is 11 p.m. CT on Aug. 15.