Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/5/12
MILWAUKEE As the MLB draft unfolded inside the Milwaukee Brewers' war room at Miller Park on Monday night, the usual suspects general manager Doug Melvin and director of amateur scouting Bruce Seid, among others gathered to pore over draft boards and scouting reports. But Monday night's first-round company was a bit different than usual, as they were joined in the room by an unlikely and unorthodox scout. Brewers ace Zack Greinke stopped by the war room on his off day to observe the draft process and offer a bit of his own expertise when it came to scouting the future of Milwaukee's organization. "I think it's fun," Greinke said. "I just like that stuff trying to see something other people can't see. It's just interesting to me." It's not the former Cy Young winner's first foray into the world of scouting, as he analyzed top pitching prospects before last year's draft and offered recommendations before the team drafted two pitchers in the first round, Taylor Jungmann and Jed Bradley. He also spent some time during this year's spring training scouting with assistant to the general manager Craig Counsell. Greinke had been in Brewers manager Ron Roenicke's office on Sunday with his iPad, going through his own compiled list of prospects when Melvin asked him to name a few of his favorites. After Greinke ran down his list, Roenicke, Melvin, and assistant general manager Gord Ash all came away impressed with the pitcher's knowledge of the prospects available in the draft's first few rounds. So Melvin invited him to be a part of the war room on Monday night. And when all was said and done, Greinke had spent even more time in the room than Roenicke. "He knows (the prospects)," Roenicke said. "It's not just that he looks at some numbers. He knows them. He watches video. He knows the size of them. And he really likes it." One would think that Greinke's expertise would be in scouting pitchers like himself, but in fact, the right-hander said he's much more accurate when it comes to evaluating hitters. Pitchers, he said, are too hit-or-miss for him to get a good grip on potential, at least at this early point in his scouting career. Greinke even had a hitter in mind for the Brewers' No. 27 overall pick last night, but according to Roenicke, the hitter Greinke had picked out Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer went two picks before Milwaukee's choice, to Tampa Bay. With a keen eye for scouting and evaluating talent, Greinke could have found his calling after his time on the mound is over. "I think it's great to know that a young player likes that and wants to follow it," Melvin said on Monday. "He had his comments and we enjoyed having him up there. It's good to see players are interested in that." Follow Ryan Kartje on Twitter.
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