The Brewers pick Coastal Carolina shortstop Eric Brown in the MLB draft


Shortstop Eric Brown hit .330/.460/.544 with seven homers and more walks (39) than strikeouts (28) this season in Coastal Carolina.

On his first night playing professional baseball, Eric Brown made his first smart business decision.

A friend of the Brown family owns an ax-throwing place, Bayou Ax Co., near his home in Louisiana and rented the building for the night the infielder was preparing to be drafted in Major League Baseball Sunday night will. Brown, however, would not be found near sharp objects while waiting for his name to be called.

“I stayed away from the axes tonight,” Brown said.

Brown stayed close to his phone instead. The bell rang a few hours into the draft when the Milwaukee Brewers turned on him with the 27th pick in the first round of the draft, making it another year and another defenseman from the collegiate ranks to be carried over by the team .

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