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Patience pays off: Brewers pick left-hander Ethan Small in first-round after lengthy scouting process

"When you're picking 28th, you don't get to plan too far ahead because you have to wait and see who gets there," Brewers scouting director Tod Johnson said Monday night.

Small struck out 310 batters over 191 1/3 innings of work in four seasons on the varsity squad at Lexington (Tenn.) High School, where he was a two-time All-State selection.

He chose Mississippi State over offers from Vanderbilt and Austin Peay and posted a 13.017 ERA in 15 relief appearances as a freshman.

Tommy John surgery cost him his sophomore season but Small returned to the mound in 2018 and started 18 games, going 5-4 with a 3.20 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings of work.

Small is expected to start again Friday when the Bulldogs host either Stanford or Fresno State in an NCAA Super Regional, the last step before a possible trip to the College World Series.

Small is the first college pitcher chosen by the Brewers in the first round since 2011 when they took right-handers Taylor Jungmann (Texas) and Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) with the Nos.

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