The first drama of spring training ended in a Brewers win on Wednesday, as Milwaukee got a walk-off single from Lucas Erceg for a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Arizona.
The Crew fell behind early, with Zack Cozart taking Chase Anderson deep with a solo shot in the top of the first inning. It was Anderson’s first appearance of the spring and went just the one inning.
But Milwaukee answered with some power of its own at the top of the lineup, as leadoff hitter Keon Broxton took the first pitch of the day from Lisalverto Bonilla deep to left in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 1. Shortstop Jonathan Villar followed that with a double to right field and third baseman Scooter Gennett brought him in to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
The Reds were able to tie the game in the fourth as they got to the newly signed Neftali Feliz with a single and a double before he settled in and got out of the inning.
Things stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth. With runners at second and third with one out, Erceg stepped up and drilled a single to right field, scoring Mauricio Dubon for the win.
Villar and Gennett led the way offensively for Milwaukee, with each having a pair of hits to help the Brewers improve to 2-3 in spring training. They’ll take on Seattle Thursday afternoon.
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers selected Louisville outfielder Corey Ray, third baseman Lucas Erceg, and catcher Mario Feliciano in the first day of the MLB Draft on Thursday.
With its first round pick, Milwaukee selected Ray, which some analysts have called the best talent in the draft. He recorded 30 extra base hits in 56 regular season games this past season, also stealing 37 bases without being caught stealing. Ray posted a slash line of .315/.382/.587 this season.
Ray comes to Milwaukee from Louisville and Simeon Academy High School in Chicago — the same school as Milwaukee Bucks guard Jabari Parker. He was selected fifth overall by the Brewers, making him the highest draft pick in Louisville history.
Milwaukee’s 46th overall selection went to third basebal Lucas Erceg out of Menlo College. He has long been linked to Milwaukee leading up to the draft, ranking as MLB Pipeline’s 56 best prospect. One of the biggest question marks for the left handed batter is that he transferred from Division I California to Menlo, which is widely considered a Division II level school.
Erceg had a .308 batting average in 56 games at Menlo College this season, also pitching in 11 games with a 0.78 ERA and a fastball of up to 95 MPH.
Milwaukee ended day one of the draft by selecting Puerto Rican catcher Mario Feliciano 75th overall. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 143 prospect, and criticized his defensive ability behind the plate. He’s considered a “bat first” catcher with an above average power potential. Only 17 years old, Feliciano was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American.