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Mon. June 10, 2013 | Joel Anderson

Wharton SS Tucker Neuhaus set to accept deal with Brewers

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.”

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