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Hoosier 3B DeMuth to Crew in fifth round

Hoosier 3B DeMuth to Crew in fifth round

In Round 5 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected their first college senior, third baseman Dustin DeMuth from Indiana University.

DeMuth was taken by the Twins in the eighth round of last year's Draft but opted to finish out his college eligibility after the Hoosiers reached the 2013 College World Series.

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Originally from LaPorte, Ind., DeMuth batted .374 with a .531 slugging percentage this season, hitting five home runs and 40 RBIs. He finished his college career with a .344 batting average and .930 fielding percentage at third base.

MLB.com Draft analyst Jim Callis said DeMuth would need to make some adjustments at the plate in order to project as a major-league third baseman.

"He's very athletic for a third baseman," Callis said of the 6-foot-3 Demuth. "He's got some arm strength, got a nice body. His hitting approach doesn't lend itself to as much power as it could."

The Brewers selected high school players with four of their first five picks before taking Demuth at No. 146, and Callis and analyst Jonathan Mayo noted that DeMuth could help the team save money in order to aggressively pursue its higher picks.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

Caitlin Swieca is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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