MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signings of their first five draft selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Today's signings include the following:
Round / Player / Position / School / Minor League Assignment
2. Devin Williams / RHP / Hazelwood West (MO) High School /Arizona
CBB Tucker Neuhaus / SS / Wharton (FL) High School /Arizona
3. Barrett Astin / RHP / University of Arkansas /Helena
4. Taylor Williams / RHP / Kent State University /Helena
5. Josh Uhen / RHP / University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee /Arizona
Devin Williams, 18, went 6-1 with a 1.02 ERA and one save in nine games as a senior at Hazelwood West (MO) High School. He struck out 93 batters and allowed just 17 hits over 48 innings pitched in 2013, limiting opponents to a .102 batting average. Williams, who was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason First-Team All America selection, had a scholarship offer from the University of Missouri.
Neuhaus, who turns 18 years old tomorrow, missed the majority of the season due to injuries. He was drafted by the Brewers in the Competitive Balance Round B and had a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville.
Astin, 21, went 4-4 with a 1.79 ERA and one save in 18 games (14 starts) at the University of Arkansas this past season. In 90.2 innings, he struck out 74 batters and allowed 85 hits, including just one home run. Astin spent the 2012 season as the Razorbacks closer (11 saves in 2012).
Taylor Williams, 21, was a First Team All-MAC selection in his junior campaign at Kent State University this season. He led the Golden Flashes with a 10-1 record and a 2.47 ERA in 15 starts, including three complete games. Williams struck out 110 batters in 105.2 innings pitched this season.
Uhen, 21, is an Oshkosh, Wis. native. He played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he made 21 appearances out of the bullpen for the Panthers in his redshirt sophomore season this year. Uhen compiled a 1-0 record with a 3.80 ERA in 21.1 innings with 19 strikeouts in 2013.
The advanced rookie-level Helena Brewers begin their season this Thursday at the Missoula Osprey, the rookie affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The rookie-level Arizona Brewers begin their season on Thursday at the Arizona Dodgers