Melvin: Latest in Braun PED situation 'just stories'
Doug Melvin. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - The man in charge of player personnel for the Milwaukee Brewers tells 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" that he's not focusing on media reports about the Ryan Braun case involving possible use of performance-enhancing drugs.
"Until there's a decision, I think they're just stories," he said Thursday.
Melvin explained that he found out about the story at the same time Brewers fans did, and he's not connected to any part of the investigation into Braun and about 20 other MLB players reportedly linked to the now-defunct Biogenesis firm in Miami.
"When the story broke, it was the first time we saw it. It was the first inning of the game, and someone sent the e-mail story over the phone."
What Melvin is focused on is tonight's Major League Baseball draft, where his team has its first pick in the No. 54 slot.
"We should get a couple major league players. That's our goal," said Melvin about having three picks between 54 and 90 in the draft.
"We'll take the best player that's out there. Our (first) draft pick is around 9:30 tonight. Other teams have two picks before our first pick. We can't zero in on the first pick as if we could in the top half of the first round. We'll let the board fall as it is."
One draft pick which has a chance to pan out at the MLB level is Scooter Gennett.
He made his debut in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
"Scooter loves playing the game...we took him in the 16th round," said Melvin.
"He did have good swings (Tuesday). The results weren't there yet. He worked the count. Defensively, he looked very good...Scooter's going to have a nice big league career."