October 2010

Topic: Jeremy Jeffress

Interesting stuff on twitter over the weekend about Jeremy Jeffress.

First there was this from ESPN Insider Jason Grey, who was at the Surprise game on Saturday night.

Jeremy Jeffress hitting an easy 98 tonight with lots of 96 and 97

That would be 98, 97, and 96mph.  Then, there was this from Keith Law in response to a question from one of his followers:

I think he’s a reliever. RT @NateHuiras: @keithlaw Think Jeffress can make it as a starter?

Lastly, Jim Breen of Bernie’s Crew chimed in with this thought.

Law opined that Jeremy Jeffress will be a RP in future. Absolutely
true. Still think he should start ’11 as a SP in Triple-A

I agree with Jim on this one.  Jeffress should get a chance to prove himself as a starter.

Training Days

Ryan Rowland-Smith is of my favorite former Rattlers.  The Kitsap Sun has this update on his training methods as he tries to bounce back from a tough 2010.

Rowland-Smith has put himself through some rigorous offseason workouts
over the years. He has been pushed by world-class track-and-field
coaches and strengthened his legs by running through the sand on beaches
of his native Australia.

None of that measure up to the intensity the Seattle Mariners’ pitcher has endured the past two weeks in Hollywood, Calif.

Determined never to re-live this year’s 1-10 record, along with the
mental angst it created, Rowland-Smith has worked out this month at the
gym operated by six-time world Mixed Martial Arts champion — and
Lynnwood native — Randy Couture.

“I’ve done lot of hard workouts throughout the years with different
people, and physically and psychologically there’s nothing like this,”
he said. “The workouts are so intense and so tough, you’re just pushing
and pushing and pushing. There are professional fighters in there and,
being around those guys, psychologically nothing comes close to what
they’re doing.”

MMA training sounds interesting.  There was a story on ESPN’s College Dame Day from this past Saturday on Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray using MMA training to get ready for the season.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 23 24, 2010


National League Championship Series

San Francisco 3 @Philadelphia 2

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 2-for-4

Arizona Fall League:

@Mesa 7, Surprise 2

Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-4
Jeremy Jeffress (’10): IP, H, 0R, 2K


Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional:

Aragua 5 @Lara 3

Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-5
Alex Liddi (’08): 2-for-4
Caesar Jimenez (’03): 1.1IP, H, 0R, K
Ivan Blanco (’05): IP, 0H, 0R, 2K

Caracas 14 @La Guaria 5

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 1-for-5

La Guaria:
Gerado Avila (’08): 1-for-2, RUN

Margarita 5 @Zulia 0

Renee Cortez (’03): 2IP, H, 0R

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 22, 2010

American League Championship Series:

@Texas 6, New York 1

Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 1-for-4, RUN

Arizona Fall League:

Surprise 7 @Phoenix 6

Hunter Morris (’10): 2-for-4, RBI

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

@Lara 7, La Guaira 3

Luis Valbuena (’06): 1-for-2, RUN, RBI
Alex Liddi (’08): 0-for-3
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 1-for-3, 2RBI
Cha Seung Baek (’00): 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, K
Ivan Blanco (’05): IP, H, 0R

La Guaira:
Gerardo Avila (’08): 0-for-1

Margarita 4 @Zulia 1

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 4.2IP, H, 2R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K

@Caracas 6, Caribes 1

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2-for-4, RUN


The team wanted to have me let you know to keep your eyes open for a change.  I was going to go with my standard David Bowie video when I post about changes.  But, since there are changes coming, I will change my change song.  Yes?


There will be more next week.

Under construction

These are a couple of pictures that would not fit in to this week’s Flashback post on the main site.



There will be a link to the column when it is on the main site.

And here is that link!

Draft review

Tom Haudricourt mentions that Baseball America has a recap of the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers draft.  However, that BA part is behind the subscriber wall.  So..

BA notes the offensive prowess displayed by first baseman Cody Hawn, a
sixth-rounder out of Tennessee, with the rookie club in Helena and
cites him for “Best Pro Debut.”

Another college first baseman Hunter
Morris, a fourth rounder out of Auburn, is mentioned.

On the defensive side, ninth-rounder Yadiel Rivera, a prep shortstop out of Puerto Rico, gets mention.

BA notes that third-rounder Tyler Thornburg could move fast because
of his electric fastball. And fifth-rounder Matt Miller, a right-hander
out of Michigan, is mentioned for his strong showing at Helena.

I think that most of the players mentioned have a good shot at being Timber Rattlers sometime in 2011.

It felt like home

A couple of stories from The Hawkeye in Burlington on the Bees welcoming the A’s back to town.

A’s feel right at home

The last time the Oakland A’s and Burlington Bees fielded a team
together in the Midwest League was 1974. But the A’s felt right at home
when they made their first visit to Community Field since that year.

The marquee in front of the stadium greeted Oakland, welcoming the club to Burlington.

“We were driving in today and we were just driving around the corner and
(director of minor league operations) Ted (Polakowski) goes, ‘Hey, take
a look at that,'” said Keith Lieppman, Oakland’s director of player
development. “A’s, Bees. It was a very nice combination, one that showed
they cared.”

“It felt like home,” Polakowski inserted.

“That was good. Those are those small touches most people probably
wouldn’t have gone through the trouble to do,” Lieppman added.

Back in town
Former Bees player returns to Burlington as Oakland’s director of player development

Most players return to Community Field after years away and are in awe
of the changes in the field since their time with the Burlington Bees.

For Keith Lieppman, it was even more a change.

Lieppman, the Director of Player Development for the Oakland A’s, played
for the Bees in 1971. That year, the stadium grandstands burned to the
ground. The season went on and volunteers rebuilt the stadium.

“This is 40 years since I’ve been here and this is the first time back,”
Lieppman said Wednesday after touring the facility. “It’s taken my
brain a little bit of time to get around what I used to remember.
(General manager) Chuck (Brockett) has helped me, and Ed (Larson), so
it’s been good so far.”

Lieppman and Ted Polakowski, Director of Minor League Operations, were
in town for the first time since the Bees and A’s signed a Player
Development Contract.

Lieppman joined the Bees after being selected in the second round of the
1971 draft. During that season, Lieppman batted .295 with 14 home runs,
27 doubles, 71 RBI and an .808 OPS.

Wow, the A’s kept track of OPS way back in 1971? They WERE ahead of the curve. Kidding.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 21, 2010


Philadelphia 4 @San Francisco 2

Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94): 2-for-4, RUN

Arizona Fall League:

@Surprise 11, Peoria Saguros 4

Hunter Morris (’10): 2-for-4, RUN, RBI

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional

@Caracas 6, LaGuaria 4

Carlos Maldonado (’99): 2-for-3, RUN, 3RBI, HR #1

Margarita 3 @Lara 2

No boxscore available.  BUT, here is the story from de Cardenales.

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error en tiro anotó la primera del juego. En el séptimo, Frank Díaz se
embasó por error de Alex Liddi, Dennis Abreu se ponchó, Rene Reyes fue
transferido y Andy Laroche dio rolling por tercera sin que se pudiera
completar en dobleplay. Con dos en las almohadillas, Selwyn Langaigne
bateó un fly muy corto al left que se convirtió en doble remolcador de


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I really need to learn Spanish.

Rattlers Alumni Report: Games of October 20, 2010


@Yankees 7, Rangers 2


Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94): 1-for-2, RUN

Arizona Fall League:

Surprise Rafters 9 @Peoria Saguaros 2

Hunter Morris (’10): 0-for-4
Michael Fiers (’09): 3IP, 5H, 2R, 2K, WIN #1
Dan Merklinger (’09): IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K

Liga Venezuela Profesional Beisbol

Lara 1 @LaGuaira 0

Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 0-for-4
Alex Liddi (’08): 0-for-4

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