Baseball Americas Top 10 List

It’s Prospectmas!

Another list about the prospects in the Brewers system.  This one is from Baseball America.

Pitcher Mark Rogers is the #1 prospect in the organization.  Numbers 2-5 are all ex-Rattlers

2.) Cody Scarpetta
3.) Wily Peralta
4.) Scooter Gennett
5.) Kentrail Davis

Kyle Heckathorn is the other ex-Rattler on the list and he checks in at #9.

Two of the players on the list were in Helena last season.  They may be Rattlers in the near future.

#6 is Pitcher Tyler Thornburg, who was a 3rd round pick out of Charleston Southern in 2010.  Baseball America likes him as a closer in the future.  But, they note that he will probably stay a starter and begin 2011 with the Rattlers…with a chance to move on to High A at some point during the season.  From behind the subscriber wall: Thornburg’s fastball sits at 93-95 mph and tops out at 98, though it
doesn’t feature much of life. Some scouts think his power curveball is
his best pitch. He flashed an improved changeup in pro ball, so he may
have the requisite three pitches to remain a starter

Thornburg was 1-0 with a save and a 1.93ERA in nine games (six starts) for Helena last season.  He struck out 38 and walked 11 in 23.1IP.  The link on his name takes you to his page.  This link right here will take you to his page at Charleston Southern.

#8 is Pitcher Jimmy Nelson, a 2nd round pick out of Alabama in 2010.  According to the scouting report behind the subscriber wall: Nelson can hit 96 mph with his fastball, but he has learned that he’s
more effective when he throws a two-seamer in the low 90s with heavy
sink. He complements his fastball with a hard 84-86 mph slider that will
give him a second plus pitch if he gains more consistency.

BA mentions that the Brewers will “turn him loose” in Wisconsin this year.

Nelson was 2-0 with 3 saves and a 3.71ERA in 12 games (no starts) for Helena last season.  He struck out 33 and walked 13 in 26.2IP.  The link on his name is to his page.  This link will take you to his page of Alabama.

Other notes of interest at the BA link:

Best Tools.  Click through for the whole list, but here are the Rattlers from 2010 who BA like:

Power Hitter: Hunter Morris
Athlete: D’Vontrey Richardson
Control: Hiram Burgos
Outfield Arm: D’Vontrey Richardson

Baseball America‘s projected lineup for the Brewers in 2014 includes, Scooter Gennett at second base and Cody Scarpetta as the #5 starter.*

*Take note that their 2014 lineup also has Rickie Weeks in center and Prince Fielder at first base.

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