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Brewers Sign Prince Fielder

June 18, 2002

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MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Prince Fielder, the 18-year-old son of former major league slugger Cecil Fielder and the seventh overall selection in the draft, signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

The amount of Fielder’s signing bonus was not disclosed. Cecil Fielder, who represents his son, had said he wanted at least a $2 million signing bonus for Prince, a left-handed slugger who packs 255 pounds on his 6-foot frame.

The younger Fielder, a first baseman, was assigned to Odgen of the Rookie level Pioneer League and will join the Raptors on Wednesday.

``We are very pleased to have Prince signed,″ said Jack Zduriencik, the Brewers’ scouting director. ``He has raw power, tremendous makeup and a great family history in the game that will help him as he begins his trip through our minor league system and on to the major leagues.″

Fielder batted .524 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs in just 82 at-bats for Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne, Fla., this season. He also had 13 doubles, a triple and scored 47 runs.

``In the scheme of things, this is probably a signing that was pretty quick as No. 1 picks go,″ Zduriencik said. ``We like him. All of us feel comfortable that the kid wanted to play and start sooner rather than later.

``He has outstanding power, but he’s a hitter. We think he’ll hit for average over time.″

Cecil Fielder wants to see his son’s debut, and they’ll both fly to Milwaukee on Tuesday for Prince’s introductory news conference at Miller Park, where the young basher hit several homers in a pre-draft workout.

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