DeMuth hit .374 with five home runs and 40 RBIs for Indiana this season.

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.

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.

Crew takes college hurler Sneed in Round 3

Draft Report: Cy Sneed, College Pitcher

When Cy Sneed was a senior at Idaho's Twin Falls High School, he thought his low-90s fastball qualified him to be a power pitcher.

When he joined the Dallas Baptist University baseball team, all of his perceptions changed.

"Coming from a small school in Idaho, I thought being a power pitcher was low-90s," Sneed said. "Coming to college, I realized that's not how things worked."

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On Friday, Sneed was drafted in the third round with the No. 85 overall pick by the Brewers. The selection comes three years after Sneed was selected in the 35th round by the Texas Rangers but opted to attend college instead.

Sneed said he wouldn't be in the position he is today if he hadn't had three years of development at Dallas Baptist.

"I think I really, really learned who I was as a pitcher," Sneed said. "The coaches and older guys that were here when I was younger really taught me a lot of things. I learned a new breaking ball. I learned how to rely on my changeup more. It was definitely huge and contributed to a lot of my success.

Sneed, the first college player chosen by the Brewers in this year's Draft, went 8-3 in 16 starts for Dallas Baptist this year. He allowed 99 hits over 104 innings and finished his junior season with a 3.55 ERA. He said he anticipates forgoing his last year of eligibility to sign with Milwaukee.

For Sneed, pitching runs in the family: His older brother, Zeb, is a prospect in the Kansas City Royals' system. Sneed said his brother's advice helped him get through the anxiety of the draft process.

"It's really nice to be able to have that older brother who is kind of a step ahead in everything," Sneed said. "He's been to rookie ball, he's been to Low A, he's at High A right now. He does know the ropes. He's been able to teach me some of those along the way and help with this whole process and not getting too anxious, because greater things do happen."

Though Sneed was part of Dallas Baptist's rotation all three years of his college career, MLB.com analyst Jim Callis believes Sneed might be a better long-term fit in the bullpen.

"He's a starter now, but I wonder if his niche is going to be in the bullpen down the road," Callis said. "I really think the fastball is the focus with him. Maybe you put him in the bullpen, not right away, but down the road."

Analyst Jonathan Mayo said the Brewers were likely to give him a chance to start, based on his 90-92 mph fastball lasting deep into games.

"He's not a guy who the velocity drops off after two or three innings," Mayo said. "Typically teams will give that guy a chance, because that velocity through six or seven innings is hard to find."

Sneed, whose brother was moved to the bullpen by the Royals, said he was open to pitching as a starter or reliever.

And while Sneed is excited for the on-field opportunities with the Brewers, he said he'd like to continue the strong facial-hair tradition started by former Milwaukee closer John Axford. He said he plans on keeping the Fu Manchu moustache he currently sports.

"I know John Axford was the Mustache American of the Year a couple years ago," Sneed said. "He definitely started a good trend of mustaches and facial hair in the organization, and hopefully I can contribute to that."

The 2014 MLB Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at noon CT.

Prep speedster Stokes goes to Brewers in Round 4

Very few players who come into Calvert Hall College High School have the talent to start on the varsity team as freshmen. Troy Stokes was an exception.

Stokes, the Brewers' fourth-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was impressive enough to earn a starting spot right off the bat, said Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl.

"Even when he came here as a ninth-grader, we could see the potential and the ability that was there for him," Eckerl said. "It's very unusual for a freshman to come in and start for us. He was at that level. He came in and started for us and has become a contributor for all four years."

Stokes, a Baltimore native, was the center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Cardinals. MLB.com's scouting report on Stokes, the No. 116 overall pick, notes that his biggest strength is his speed, but that he has potential for all five of his tools to be average or better.

Eckerl echoed that report, calling Stokes a "very complete player" but noting that his speed is the most remarkable aspect off the game.

"We liked him at leadoff because if he got on, he was going to steal second and third, maybe even steal home for us," Eckerl said.

The high school coach described Stokes as a hard-working player who has a ton of upside. In addition to his speed, he has an above average arm and hits for some power.

But even with all his talent, Stokes has remained humble throughout his high school years.

"He's a pretty quiet guy," Eckerl said. "He's not real flamboyant or flashy. He's down-to-earth, approachable.

"Each year he continued to get bigger, stronger and better, and he went about it in the proper way. We wanted him to work on his steals, so he ran indoor track. He's not afraid to get in the weight room. He's always doing something with baseball."

Scouts say that the 5-foot-8 Stokes has a "very advanced approach" at the plate.

"He's a smaller kid but a really athletic defensive center fielder," MLB.com analyst Callis said. "The bat's still coming along, but he's still improving. If everything fits together, you might have a center fielder and a leadoff hitter here."

Stokes is committed to the University of Maryland. Eckerl said he was unsure whether Stokes was leaning toward signing with the Brewers or attending college.

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

Crew adds pitching depth with Burkhalter in 6th

David Burkhalter was the third pitcher and fifth prepster taken by the Crew

The Brewers selected David Burkhalter, a right-handed pitcher from Ruston (La.) High School, with their sixth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Burkhalter is committed to the University of Louisiana-Monroe, the school of former Milwaukee star Ben Sheets.

Burkhalter, the Brewers' seventh pick of the Draft, was the third pitcher and fifth high school player taken by the Crew. MLB.com Draft analyst Jonathan Mayo said the trend was a positive change from Milwaukee's usual Draft strategy.

"In the past, they've thought, 'We need quick fixes, so let's go out and get a whole bunch of college pitching,'" Mayo said. "I like that they've attacked this Draft aggressively. It may have taken them a while to get there, but there's not a rush right now. The guys they've gotten are all young. They've got a ton of upside."

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

K-State OF Meyer comes to Crew in 7th round

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The Brewers selected Kansas State outfielder Mitch Meyer in the seventh round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

Meyer, a redshirt junior, batted .264 this season for the Wildcats with three home runs and a .351 on-base percentage.

The 6-foot-3 outfielder is a native of Stillwell, Kan.

Milwaukee selected high school players with five of its first seven picks, and MLB.com analyst Jim Callis said that Meyer could free up money for the Brewers to go after higher draft picks.

"He's a fourth-year junior, so he probably gets treated equivalent to a senior sign," Callis said. "That frees up some money and helps you sign some of the high-ceiling guys you took earlier in the draft."

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

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.

Crew catches McCall in ninth round

Greg McCall hit .238 with 11 home runs this past season.

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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com at noon CT.

Salas a perfect way to end Draft's Day 2

Javi Salas tossed a perfect game vs. Villanova in March.

With their final pick of the second day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected Javi Salas, a pitcher who already has a perfect game to his name.

Salas, a senior right-hander at Miami, threw a perfect game in March against Villanova, the 23rd in Division I baseball history.

"He's a sinker-slider guy," said MLB.com Draft analyst Jim Callis. "When he's good, he's very, very good. Doesn't miss a ton of bats, but a guy who's performed in college. You'll see what you have when you move him up the ladder."

The 6-foot-4 Coral Gables, Fla., native had a 2.92 ERA in 14 appearances, including eight starts, this season. He struck out 43 and walked 15 over 52 1/3 innings.

At No. 296, Salas was the third pitcher and fourth overall player selected from Miami. He was the Hurricanes' team captain for the past two years.

He was drafted by the Twins in the 38th round of the 2013 Draft before opting to finish college.

Through two days of the Draft, Milwaukee has selected six college players and five high school players. Five of their 11 picks have been pitchers, with four of those being right-handers.

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