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12/06/07 12:21 PM ET
Brewers obtain three in Rule 5 Draft
Club picks up pitchers, loses infielder Crabbe to San Diego
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Brewers picked up three players during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft and also lost a pair, including Triple-A infielder Callix Crabbe, who might get a chance to be the Padres' second baseman next season.
The Padres selected Crabbe with the 17th selection in the Rule 5 Draft, which allows teams to take certain players not protected on their former team's 40-man roster. The Brewers received $50,000 from the Padres for the selection, but if Crabbe does not stay on San Diego's roster all season, the Brewers could buy him back for $25,000.
"He's a super-utility guy," Padres GM Kevin Towers said. "He's a better-than-average defender at the middle infield positions and has speed."
Crabbe could push rookie Matt Antonelli for the Padres' stating second base job, though he might be a better fit in a utility role for the Padres.
Crabbe, a speedy switch-hitter who turns 25 in February, batted .287 with a career-high .377 on-base percentage for Triple-A Nashville last season. But the Brewers seem to favor Hernan Iribarren, who hit .307 last year at Double-A Huntsville and has similar tools.
"I could see somebody having interest in [Crabbe] because of his versatility and his speed," Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said. "He played a lot of outfield last year in Nashville. This is a good opportunity for him."
The Brewers considered protecting Crabbe on the 40-man roster, but gave the spots to others instead.
"We considered him briefly, but Iribarren is essentially the same guy and we have Rickie Weeks ahead of [Crabbe] at second base. It just didn't work for us."
In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Yankees took right-hander Bo Hall. At Double-A Huntsville last season, Hall was 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 34 relief appearances. He is 27 years old.
The Brewers selected three players in the Minor League portion of the Draft. Right-hander Joe Bateman was selected in the first round of the Triple-A phase of the Draft from the Double-A Connecticut roster of the San Francisco Giants. Bateman, 27, went 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 29 relief appearances with Connecticut last season.
The Brewers then took right-hander Richard Campbell in the second round of the Triple-A phase from the Double-A Harrisburg roster of the Washington Nationals. Campbell, 26, went 3-5 with a 4.91 ERA and nine saves in 47 relief appearances with Harrisburg last season.
Right-handed pitcher Juan Sandoval was selected in the third round of the Triple-A phase from the Double-A West Tenn roster of the Seattle Mariners. Sandoval, 26, went 2-6 with a 5.74 ERA and three saves in 40 appearances (one start) between West Tenn and Triple-A Tacoma last season.