Union’s Clint Coulter signs with Brewers

Catcher was first-round draft pick

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter



Clint Coulter’s week just keeps getting better.

After being selected Monday by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft, Coulter signed with the franchise Friday in Milwaukee.

Coulter, a senior from Union High School, signed for the slotted value for the 27th overall selection — $1.675 million.

A family spokesman also confirmed that Coulter will receive approximately $150,000 more for college. Coulter is giving up a scholarship to Arizona State.

Coulter always had said if the situation were right, he would forgo college.

That was all made possible earlier this week.

He became the third Vancouver area high school player to be taken in the first round and the first since Ty Howington of Hudson’s Bay in 1999.

Coulter flew back from the draft in New York on Tuesday, attended class at Union on Wednesday, but then caught a flight Thursday for Milwaukee. He signed Friday prior to the Brewers’ home game against the Padres.

Coulter was scheduled to return to Vancouver this weekend. He plans to walk with his class at Union’s graduation ceremony Monday night.

The Brewers website said Coulter likely will begin his career with the Brewers’ Arizona Rookie League team.

“I’m ready to get out there and conquer each level,” Coulter told the site.

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