SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers remain in talks with their first-round Draft picks, and they are not alone. Only seven of the 33 players selected in the first round of last month's First-Year Player Draft have signed, including only one of the first 16 picks.The Padres signed 10th overall pick Cory Spangenberg on June 10 for a $1.86 million signing bonus, approximately Major League Baseball's recommended slot figure for that pick. But most other players are holding out for more, presumably including the Brewers' two first-round selections -- pitchers Taylor Jungmann (12th overall) and Jed Bradley (15th). The deadline for teams to sign their 2011 picks is 11 p.m. CT on Aug. 15. "We have had some initial talks, some secondary talks and will continue to progress as time moves along," Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said in comments shared earlier this week via email with several media outlets. Seid said the club was working hard to sign both pitchers -- Jungmann a right-hander from the University of Texas and Bradley a left-hander out of Georgia Tech -- before Aug. 15. But general manager Doug Melvin has indicated that the Brewers were not sensing the same urgency from the players' high-profile advisors, agent Alan Hendricks for Jungmann and Greg Genske for Bradley. "It's a work in progress," Seid said. The Brewers' most recent report said the club has come to terms with 27 of its 51 Draft picks, plus six undrafted players.
Morgan says T-Plush is here to stay
SAN FRANCISCO -- Nyjer Morgan understands what got Giants fans so riled up Friday night and promised to be more careful in the future. But Tony Plush isn't going away."I'm still going be me," Morgan said. Plush is Morgan's alter ego, a self-described entertainer prone to plate collisions, wall-crashing catches, spirited postgame interviews and the sort of stuff that got Morgan in trouble with the fans Friday night. He made a terrific catch in the seventh inning of the Brewers' 4-2 win, banged into the wall and then made what looked very much like an obscene gesture toward the bleachers. Morgan has made the motion before, signifying the number of outs in the inning, but said he will "clean that part up" to avoid future incidents. He was booed the rest of the night and expected to be booed again as the series continued Saturday. "I'm not going to tone anything down with what I do, but I have to understand what to do and what not to do," Morgan said. "I'm still going to play with the same energy and the same intensity." Umpire Joe West had a word with Morgan on Friday night and so did Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who would prefer that Tony Plush tone things down a bit. Roenicke said he has had a "more than a couple" of similar conversations with Morgan this season. But that's a fine line, Roenicke said, because the energy is part of what has made Morgan such a hit with Milwaukee. He entered Saturday hitting .326 and had emerged as the primary center fielder even before Carlos Gomez fractured his collarbone earlier in the week. "Sometimes you want to say something to him and then you'll kind of think about it," Roenicke said. "Maybe I'll ask Jerry [Narron, the bench coach] or one of the other coaches, 'Hey what do you think?' You want to get somebody else's opinion. That stuff bothers me, but I want to make sure it bothers other people also, if I'm going to have that conversation." He's consulted veteran players like Craig Counsell and Mark Kotsay, too. "It's not like it's all malice when he's doing things," Roenicke said. "You have to [think about] how he's looking at things. This whole thing with Tony Plush, he thinks he an entertainer. There is a point to it [where it's too far]. You have to be a little careful." Roenicke added, "He's going to do it again. I think he knows what he should and shouldn't be doing, and sometimes it just takes awhile to where it's less of a habit. You don't react with fire in your veins. It may take a little bit longer."
Outfielder Logan Schafer had a successful debut for Triple-A Nashville on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, a stolen base and a highlight-worthy catch in center field. Schafer would have debuted with Nashville months ago had he not fractured his right thumb in a Spring Training game against the Giants and started the season on the disabled list.
The Brewers have yet to discuss September callups, but Schafer is one player who could potentially help down the stretch because of his speed and good glove.
Prince Fielder had a much better night at the plate Friday, so Roenicke was leaning against giving him a day off Sunday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. That means Fielder should retain his status as the team's only player to appear in every game. Brewers newcomer Brett Carroll, promoted earlier in the week to replace injured outfielder Carlos Gomez, was scheduled to start Sunday against Bumgarner. Carroll is a right-handed hitter and figures to serve in a center-field platoon with Morgan.