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Coulter recognized for offense in Class A

MILWAUKEE -- Former first-round Draft pick Clint Coulter was named player of the week in the Class A Midwest League on Monday after a two-game stretch in which he hit three home runs and drove in eight.

Coulter remains raw behind the plate, but the Brewers are still committed to him at that position.

"He has a lot of the tools you need to be successful there," pro scouting director Zach Minasian said of Coulter, rated the Brewers' No. 12 prospect by "He throws really well. He works really hard. I think it's still a long process for him, but my philosophy on it is if you have a guy with physical ability who wants to catch, you might as well let him. At that position particularly, if you don't have someone who enjoys doing it, you're not going to get out of him what you need to get out of him. I think he still wants to do it."

Ever since he was drafted 27th overall in 2012, Coulter has faced speculation he would eventually be moved to first base or one of the outfield corners. If he makes it to the Major Leagues, it will be his bat that gets him there; so far he is a .268 hitter with 16 home runs and 81 RBIs in 128 Minor League games.

Coulter celebrated his weekly award with a day off; the Timber Rattlers were snowed out.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.
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