06/08/11 12:28 AM ET
Lucroy's younger brother drafted by Brewers
By Audrey Snyder / MLB.com
The younger Lucroy took the cellphone out of his back pocket and showed his dad proof that the one scenario the family spoke about came true. David, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the Brewers in the 29th round of the First-Year Player Draft, meaning he could one day play alongside his older brother, Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
"We had been talking about if there was any chance that would happen," Steve said. "David had a pre-Draft workout up there in Milwaukee last week, and I guess they liked what they saw. It's hard to believe I have one kid up there playing let alone another one who got picked, so we're just blessed."
David graduated from Umatilla High School in Florida, and the Lucroys are faced with a difficult decision. The family is in uncharted territory, as David committed to East Carolina and will now weigh the pros and cons of attending college or entering into the Brewers' farm system.
The news didn't reach Jonathan Lucroy until the sixth inning, when the Brewers heard the television crew talking about the selection on a TV in the clubhouse. Word spread to pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who then told Jonathan.
"It's pretty amazing -- the thought that one day, maybe, if he decides to sign, that I'll get to catch him," Jonathan Lucroy said. "It's cool for him. I know he used to come to all of my games when he was younger, and I haven't gotten to go to his because I've been playing college and pro ball. He's got a lot of potential. He works a lot harder than a lot of guys, I know that. He's really locked in and focused for a guy his age. He's a lot bigger than me, that's for sure. He can't hit anything, but he can throw it a mile."
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said the younger Lucroy impressed at the Brewers' pre-Draft workout also noted the size difference between the brothers. David is 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, and Seid said the pitcher's broad shoulders were a noticeable difference from the 6-foot catcher's.
Steve said the family was fortunate that they didn't have to make this decision with Jonathan, who attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette before being selected by the Brewers in the third round of the 2007 Draft.
"It's a pretty good scholarship offer he has at East Carolina, but it's a decision we're going to sit down and have as an entire family," Steve said. "Even Jonathan, I'll let him in on that, since I'm not sure what David is going to do."
The older brother wasn't sure which way he'd advise his brother to go.
"We have to weigh all of our options and see what he wants to do," Jonathan said. "He's going to have to be patient. It's a tough call. It's an education, college. I didn't have to worry about this situation when I came out of high school, so it's kind of uncharted territory [for the family]. It's going to be pretty interesting."
Though the family isn't sure when they will figure out what David's future entails, Steve was certain about one thing: It's a good problem to have.
"It's a decision a lot of kids and a lot of families wish they were in," Steve said. "I'm still in shock that I have one son up there, so we'll just see what happens and weigh all the options."
Audrey Snyder is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.