Brewers pluck Roenicke's son in 25th round
Lance batted .310 as fifth-year senior at UC Santa Barbara
MILWAUKEE -- After the Brewers suffered their worst home loss of the season on Tuesday night, a 10-0 defeat against the Cubs, manager Ron Roenicke needed a pick-me-up.He got it less than 24 hours later, when Milwaukee stayed in the family by selecting the second-year manager's son, Lance, in the 25th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. "It's nice," Ron said. "I think any good news now is nice." As a fifth-year senior at UC Santa Barbara, Lance batted .310 with four home runs and 35 RBIs. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound left fielder also stole seven bases and scored 38 runs for the Gauchos, playing in 55 of the team's 56 games this season. He also has experience with the Brewers' Area Code teams in California.
Needless to say, Ron wasn't the only one excited about Lance's selection at the No. 785 spot in the Draft."It's definitely a great feeling and pretty fun right away, too, when I got drafted," said Lance, who was surprised the Brewers took him as high as they did. "I got texts from my family and Brewers scouts saying congrats. It's fun."
The Roenickes are no strangers to baseball, as three of Lance's cousins have also played professionally. Josh Roenicke, currently in the Colorado organization, has appeared in 88 Major League games as a relief pitcher, accumulating a 4.26 ERA."He knows what it takes," Ron said. "I think all that helps. He understands what it's all about, playing every day and the bus travels. He'll get to experience some of it." Lance said his dad has never been a baseball coach of his, but he has coached him in basketball. Could Lance now see himself playing for his dad one day? "Absolutely," Lance said. "He gets the best out of his players, he enjoys himself and he loves the game. It would be fun to play for him."
Two other National League Central managers saw their organizations select their sons in this year's Draft. The Cubs took manager Dale Sveum's son, Rustin, in the 39th round. Meanwhile, the Cardinals selected both manager Mike Matheny's son, Tate, and third-base coach Jose Oquendo's son, Eduardo.As for Lance, Ron said he's worked hard and deserves the opportunity he has to prove himself. "He's talked about [going pro]," Ron said. "He's certainly athletic enough to do it, it's just a matter of having all the tools come together."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.