SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers remain in talks with their first-round Draft picks, and they are not alone. Only seven of the 33 players selected in the first round of last month's First-Year Player Draft have signed, including only one of the first 16 picks.
The Padres signed 10th overall pick Cory Spangenberg on June 10 for a $1.86 million signing bonus, approximately Major League Baseball's recommended slot figure for that pick. But most other players are holding out for more, presumably including the Brewers' two first-round selections -- pitchers Taylor Jungmann (12th overall) and Jed Bradley (15th).
The deadline for teams to sign their 2011 picks is 11 p.m. CT on Aug. 15.
"We have had some initial talks, some secondary talks and will continue to progress as time moves along," Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said in comments shared earlier this week via email with several media outlets.
Seid said the club was working hard to sign both pitchers -- Jungmann a right-hander from the University of Texas and Bradley a left-hander out of Georgia Tech -- before Aug. 15. But general manager Doug Melvin has indicated that the Brewers were not sensing the same urgency from the players' high-profile advisors, agent Alan Hendricks for Jungmann and Greg Genske for Bradley.
"It's a work in progress," Seid said.
The Brewers' most recent report said the club has come to terms with 27 of its 51 Draft picks, plus six undrafted players.