Wharton shortstop Tucker Neuhaus will sign with the Milwaukee Brewers today after they made him the 72nd overall pick in the MLB first-year player draft last week, according to his father Ken Neuhaus.
Tucker moved quickly to accept the Brewers’ deal, choosing a career in the minors over a scholarship offer from Louisville. He will sign for the allotted amount — $771,000 — and an additional $64,000 for his college fund today, then fly to Milwaukee for a news conference Tuesday.
“He’s ready to go,” Ken Neuhaus said. “Being the second-round pick for an organization is a big deal and they’ve got big plans for him.”
Among those plans are apparently moving the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder from shortstop to third base.
Ken Neuhaus said his son will head to Phoenix on Thursday to report for rookie mini-camp. The Brewers plan to place Tucker on the club’s rookie-league team in Arizona this year, he said.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Tucker, who went into the draft last week with uncertain prospects.
He boasted the physique, athleticism and pedigree of a top major-league prospect but was lacking the production. He hit .222 and had one RBI this spring, which he and many others attributed to the death of his older brother in a single-car accident in November and a series of injuries that forced him to miss most of the season.
But many scouts and draft analysts said he should still be a second-round pick.
And he was.
His final pre-draft workout came last week with the Brewers, who called him in at the last moment while he and his family were in Chicago for a private workout with the Cubs.
Tucker and his father made the drive to Milwaukee on the afternoon of June 4, shortly after wrapping things up with the Cubs. He’ll return a week later, now a member of the franchise.
“It’ll be a good place for him,” Ken Neuhaus said. “They’ve got a vision for him.”