The first Rattler of 2011…unofficially

Remember, the roster for the 2011 team is not set yet.  (Ed. note: Manager Matt Erickson will say as much in 2011′s first edition of The Interrogation Room that will be posted later today at timberrattlers.com.)

However, let’s take a look at this article from the Napa Valley Register.

Ex-NVC star moving up on Milwaukee’s ladder

Tyler Cravy got some good news a couple of weeks ago.

He got a call from Lee Tunnell, the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league pitching coordinator who works in scouting and player development for the organization.

Tunnell was on the phone, informing Cravy that he’ll be assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A team based in Appleton that plays in the Midwest League.

“I’m ready for it. I’m excited,” Cravy said Tuesday. “It’s good to move up from where I was last year and the year before.”

Cravy, chosen as the Bay Valley Conference’s Player of the Year for Napa Valley College in 2009, will be starting his third year of professional baseball when he reports to spring training on March 9 in Maryvale, Ariz. He pitched for the Arizona Brewers in the Arizona Rookie League in 2009 and spent last year with Helena, Mont., which won the Pioneer League title.

The goal, he said, is to stay healthy, continue to improve, get stronger and throw even better.

“It’s going to be my first full-length season,” said Cravy, who was named to the Community College Baseball All-America team as a pitcher-position player for Napa Valley. “I feel good. I’m real excited to be there.”

“I feel I’ve gotten a lot better the past two years — my velocity’s gone up, the control’s gotten better,” said Cravy, 21, who makes his home on Mare island in Vallejo. “I figure if I keep on moving up every year, then hopefully I’m in the bigs before I’m 27 or 28.”

Cravy was a 17th round pick in the 2009 draft.  He pitched in the Arizona League in 2009 and in Helena (Pioneer League) last year.  Cravy appeared in 15 games and made 12 starts for Helena during the 2010 regular season.  He also won the decisive Game Three of the first round playoff series against Great Falls in the 2010 Pioneer League playoffs.

It is noted in the story that his fastball has been clocked at 96mph.  Someone to watch…if the Brewers send him here.

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