The Milwaukee Brewers announced this morning that Bruce Seid, the organization's director of amateur scouting, passed away unexpectedly yesterday while visiting his family in Las Vegas.
Major League Baseball has done a nice job of turning its draft into an NFL and NBA-style event. It's also become "more important" for organizations who choose to stockpile talent and take advantage of the fact that drafted players are "under control" for years. But in reality, it's still a crapshoot and often includes more misses than hits.
Year after year, Mike Fiers was told he wasn't good enough, from college recruiters to professional scouts. Rather than let it beat him down, he used it as motivation. He's overcome it all - the negativity, a broken back from a car accident and being drafted in the 22nd round - to make it to the major leagues.
Eric Semmelhack didn't know which Major League Baseball team would draft him this week, and sat oblivious to the whole process Tuesday as he prepared to play for the Lakeshore Chinooks summer league team. He was in the dugout when his dad called to tell him the Milwaukee Brewers had drafted him.
Dylan Covey, the Brewers' top draft pick, was diagnosed with diabetes and has opted to attend college rather than sign with Milwaukee.
The Brewers introduced Bruce Seid (pronounced "side") as their director of amateur scouting and promoted Ray Montgomery to assistant director. Seid, 46, who has worked in the Brewers scouting department for 11 seasons, replaces Jack Zduriencik, who left to become general manager in Seattle.