Brewers, second-rounder reach deal
High school catcher Garfield adds to fast-signing picks
CLEVELAND -- Add second-rounder Cameron Garfield to the list of early-round Draft picks already under contract with the Brewers.
Garfield, a high school catcher from Southern California, signed on Monday, his dad, Guy Garfield, told MLB.com. The Brewers had yet to officially announce the deal, probably because Cameron Garfield had a physical exam scheduled for Wednesday in Milwaukee.Assuming he passes the physical, Garfield will tour Miller Park and have lunch with Brewers officials on Wednesday before boarding a flight to Helena, Mont., where he will begin his career with Milwaukee's advanced rookie league affiliate. Helena doesn't begin its season until June 23, but the players expected to comprise the roster are to take part in a minicamp beginning this week. The group includes first-round Draft pick Eric Arnett, a right-handed pitcher from Indiana University, and third-round pick Josh Prince, a shortstop from Tulane. The Brewers nabbed Garfield out of Murrieta Valley (Calif.) High School with the 74th overall selection in the Draft. A right-handed hitter, Garfield was limited to designated-hitter duties for much of his senior season because of an ankle injury but impressed scouts with a strong arm when he was behind the plate. He played for a Brewers Area Code team, so Milwaukee scouts, most notably West Coast crosschecker Corey Rodriguez, have known Garfield for some time. With Garfield in the fold, the Brewers already have four of their first six picks under contract one week after Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft. They've also signed 14 of their 23 selections in the first 20 rounds.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.