For those who thought the Milwaukee Brewers would take their time in getting their newly drafted players under contract, you were sorrily mistaken.
According to Jaymes Langrehr of 1250 WSSP and Disciples of Uecker, first-round Brewers -- No. 28 overall -- draft pick Victor Roache is expected to travel to Milwaukee today to undergo a mandatory physical and reportedly sign his new contract. Here's exactly what Roache told to Langrehr:
"I’m coming into Milwaukee Thursday to get my physical and sign a contract, do the press conference and all that. You know, because of my injury from my college season, it was possible I might get shipped off to Phoenix and then start rehabbing, or I might come back home and find someplace here to rehab. Once I get my hand and wrist back fully 100%, they’re going to ship me off and we’ll start playing," Roache said."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'sTom Haudricourt tweeted yesterday that the Brewers are close to deals with many of their early draft picks. Per Haudricourt's twitter page:
@Haudricourt: "#Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid on signing draft picks: "We're real close with a lot of the top guys."
A junior at Georgia Southern University, Roache sat out most of his 2012 campaign with a broken wrist from which he is still reportedly rehabbing from. He expects to compete in a few fall/winter leagues this offseason, potentially the Arizona Fall League.
Roache has garnered a reputation for being an extremely hard-working type player, and as we profiled him earlier this week in our draft scouting reports, he has tremendous potential, particularly at the plate. He led the nation as a sophomore in 2011 with 30 home runs and put up an impressive .326/.438/.778 slash line with an absurd .452 ISO in 281 plate appearances. The Brewers took a calculated risk in drafting him, but in the words of amateur scouting director Bruce Seid, believe he is a "premier, power-type guy."
We will continue to update contract negotiations and signings in subsequent hours.