Crew catches McCall in ninth round

Crew catches McCall in ninth round

The Brewers took their first catcher off the board in Friday's late rounds, selecting Greg McCall from the University of Texas at Arlington in the ninth round.

McCall, originally from Frisco, Texas, was the No. 266 overall pick. The senior hit .238 with 11 home runs in his senior season with the Mavericks.

A defensive-minded catcher, McCall played in 56 games this season and had a .988 fielding percentage.

"If you're a senior catcher with defensive ability, you get drafted, because everything being equal, you need guys who can handle pro-caliber pitching," said Draft analyst Jim Callis.

UT-Arlington right-hander Zach Thompson, whom McCall handled as a catcher, was drafted in Friday's fifth round by the Chicago White Sox.

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

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