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RAY MONTGOMERY NAMED BREWERS VICE PRESIDENT OF AMATEUR SCOUTING/SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE GENERAL MANAGER

The Milwaukee Brewers have named Ray Montgomery vice president of amateur scouting/special assistant to the general manager.  Montgomery replaces the late Bruce Seid, who passed away unexpectedly on September 2.  The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Ray brings experience, critical leadership and the courage and confidence to make tough decisions,” said Melvin.  “I have confidence that with his recent experience as a director, he will sustain the organization’s success of drafting and development in a highly competitive scouting environment.”

Montgomery, 45, returns for his second stint in the Brewers organization, having started as an area scout for South Texas and Louisiana in December 2002.  He served as an area scout until 2006, Midwest crosschecker from 2007-10 and assistant director of amateur scouting with the Brewers from 2009-10.  Montgomery spent the past four seasons as director of scouting with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-14).

Montgomery, who was selected by the Houston Astros in the 13th round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, had a 12-year playing career from 1990-2001.  He spent parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Astros (1996-98), batting .241 with 1 HR and 8 RBI in 47 games.  The former outfielder also played in the Pirates (1999-2000) and Mets (2001) organizations.

A First Team All-American at Fordham University in 1990, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 1999.

Montgomery currently resides in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Daniela, and children, Jack and Emma.

Brewers Honor the Late Bruce Seid with Jersey Patch, Outfield Wall Sign

Beginning tonight, the Brewers will wear a patch honoring Bruce Seid, Director of Amateur Scouting and member of the organization for 17 years, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this week while visiting his family in Las Vegas. He was 53.

Bruce Seid
A sign bearing his name has also been installed in the outfield at Miller Park:
Bruce Seid Sign at Miller Park
“We are stunned and devastated by the news of Bruce’s passing,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin.
“He was a great friend to all of us, and no words can describe the sense of loss we feel. There are only a few people who have been with the Brewers as long as Bruce, and he was a kind and highly-respected member of our organization. There are also very few who worked with the passion and dedication to the Brewers that Bruce did. A number of current players on our roster were given the opportunity to play Major League Baseball because of Bruce, and he was so proud of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Erika, and all of Bruce’s family.”
Memorial arrangements are pending.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com

Interviews With Brewers Top Two Draft Picks

The Brewers top two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, RHP Devin Williams and INF Tucker Neuhaus, joined local media in a brief conference call today.  Both draftees had interesting stories to tell (spoiler alert: Neuhaus is a Packers fan) and seem eager to join the organization.  Audio of the call is below:

RHP Devin Williams (54th overall)

Twitter: @Dtrainn_23

Hometown: Florissant, Missouri

School: Hazelwood (MO) West High School

Bats: Right                   Throws: Right

Height: 6-3                   Weight: 170

Born: September 21, 1994

INF Tucker Neuhaus (72nd overall)

Twitter: @Gotheeem_neuy

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

School: Wharton (FL) High School

Bats: Left                     Throws: Right

Height: 6-3                   Weight: 195

Born: June 18, 1995

We will update the MLB Draft here on the blog as it continues.  The 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue tomorrow at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

MLB First-Year Player Draft Kicks Off Tonight

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It will be a very busy day at Miller Park today.  Of course, we have the Brewers-Phillies series kicking off at 7 p.m., we also have the Johnny Logan Walk of Fame induction ceremony pregame.  In addition to all of that, tonight marks day one of the three-day MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The MLB Draft is unique in that it takes place mid-season, unlike the other sports leagues that host drafts during the off-season.  That brings challenges and excitement at the same time.  Players picked tonight can be in the minor league system within weeks.

Brewers Director of Amateur Scouting, Bruce Seid, along with the rest of the Baseball Operations staff, have met in the Brewers draft room for about two weeks now.  Amateur scouts, Crosscheckers Scouting Supervisors and Brewers Medical representatives have all been scouring reports, watching video, hosting workouts at Miller Park and developing lists in preparation for the next three days.

Doug Melvin (l) and Bruce Seid (r) in the Brewers Draft Room at Miller Park in 2009.

Doug Melvin (l) and Bruce Seid (r) in the Brewers Draft Room at Miller Park in 2009.

the Brewers will make two selections on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. CT.  The team’s first pick will be at #54 in the second round.  They will also make a selection at #72 (Compensatory Balance Round B).  Milwaukee forfeited its first-round selection for signing right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse as a free agent.

The First-Year Player Draft spans three days of activity from Thursday through Saturday, and will take place at the MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Draft coverage will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. CT tonight.  The Brewers’ first selection (#54) will take place at about 9:34 p.m. CT and pick #72 will take place at about 10:02 p.m. CT.  The Houston Astros have the first overall selection in tonight’s draft.

Representing the Brewers at the MLB Network Studio will be former Brewers pitcher Ken Sanders and Manager of Administration for Player Development Mark Mueller.

Clint Coulter (l) and Victor Roache (c), the Brwers 2012 First Round Picks and Bruce Seid (r) at a press conference.

Clint Coulter (l) and Victor Roache (c), the Brwers 2012 First Round Picks and Bruce Seid (r) at a press conference.

The selection rotation is determined by the clubs’ reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season.  The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Friday at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.  The complete draft order can be found here.  A live draft tracker can be found here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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