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Crew's eighth-round pick nets Nova hurler Kole


The Brewers selected right-handed pitcher J.B. Kole with their eighth-round pick in the MLB Draft.

Kole, originally from Basking Ridge, N.J., was selected at No. 236 overall. After picking three straight high school players to start the Draft, Kole was the Brewers' third college player in four picks.

He appeared in 13 games in his junior season, including six starts, and struck out 36 over 38 2/3 innings of work. He finished the season with a 5.12 ERA.

"He's got a 7.93 career ERA at Villanova," MLB.com Draft analyst Jim Callis said. "I think he's more of a guy that throws hard, but he's had trouble finding the strike zone."

Villanova's profile of Kole noted that his fastball reaches the mid-90s with lots of movement, and he also throws a slider.

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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