NEW YORK -- Brewers officials say they have not given up on Minor League right-hander Eric Arnett, a former first-round Draft pick who continues to struggle as a pro. In his second start back at Class A Wisconsin on Friday, Arnett allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of an 8-2 loss at Peoria. In parts of three seasons since the Brewers plucked Arnett from Indiana University in the first round of the 2009 Draft, he is 7-17 with a 5.91 ERA. He has a 1.55 WHIP in nearly 200 professional innings.
"We still have hope for Eric," Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said last week. "You have to remember that Eric was a late bloomer at Indiana. It took him until his third year to kind of put it together. I think Eric got into our organization, and, as we've talked about many times before, he put a lot of pressure on himself. He got off to a slow start, and it kind of tailspinned for him. "Eric, he's made strides this year. He's found a little bit of his velocity back. He's gotten bigger, he's gotten stronger, his breaking pitch has gotten more firm. "We look at Eric as a young guy still," Seid said. "We look at him as a guy that has a chance to, maybe a couple of years down the road, really find his top-end ceiling. He's made some strides, he's gained some confidence and we still feel that Eric can be of some value to the Brewers down the road."