Brewers’ 2014 first-round picks look promising

Brewers’ 2014 first-round picks look promising

From Green Bay Press Gazette:

BELOIT – With the benefit of a year’s worth of perspective, Jake Gatewood recalls his 55-game stint with the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last season with a chuckle and a smile.

“I definitely was sinking at the beginning,” Gatewood said recently. “But I started to learn how to tread water there at the end.”

The Milwaukee Brewers, who drafted Gatewood 41st overall and Monte Harrison 50th in 2014, expected both to have their difficulties when they sent them out to play the first half of 2015 in the Midwest League.

At age 19 and beginning their first full seasons as professionals, the duo indeed took their lumps.

Gatewood, a slugging shortstop from Clovis, Calif., hit .209 with four home runs and 16 runs batted in. Harrison, an athletic outfielder who bypassed a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Nebraska, struggled even more, hitting .148 with two homers (both coming in the same game) and 11 RBI in 46 games.

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