Greinke pitching in behind the scenes

Greinke pitching in behind the scenes

Greinke pitching in behind the scenes
PHOENIX -- Here's a new role for Brewers ace Zack Greinke: Draft advisor.

Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio was praising Greinke's intelligence and awareness when he revealed Saturday that Greinke asked for video of prospective Brewers Draft picks last May. He studied all of the top pitching prospects and offered recommendations before the Brewers selected pitchers Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft.

Greinke is apparently back to work for 2012. On Friday night, he and Craig Counsell attended the Arizona State University baseball game in nearby Tempe to scout right-hander Brady Rodgers, whom the Brewers drafted out of high school in 2009 but could not sign. Melvin said he'd invite Greinke into the team's Draft room in June if he'd like to attend.

Greinke is more involved than some fans think, Attanasio said. He recommended that coaches save bunt defense for later in camp, so the coaches made some slight alterations to the schedule.

"We had a nice laugh about that," Attanasio said. "He's a very thoughtful guy."

Greinke is a free agent at season's end, and the Brewers are formulating a plan for contract-extension talks. Attanasio declined to offer specifics of that plan, but he did address the fact that Greinke, for now, is acting as his own agent.

"Zack is a very smart guy," Attanasio said. "He's very aware of things that are going on."