Arizona & Ratings & twitter

Down in the Arizona Fall League yesterday:

Nathan Adcock (’08) got the start for Surprise against Salt River.  Salt River won 6-2 and Adcock took the loss.

Adcock: 5IP, 10H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, K, HR

Peoria lost 7-6 in ten innings to Phoenix.

Ex-Rattlers in action for Peoria:
Adam Moore (’06): 1-for-4
Casey Medlen (’11): IP, H, R, 0BB, 2K, HR, Loss

Brewers minor leaguers in action for Peoria:
Logan Schafer: 2-for-4, 2 RUNS, 2B,
Zelous Wheeler: 1-for-4
Jed Bradley: IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 2K, HR

This piece has been up over at Bernie’s Crew for the last couple of days, so it’s about time I put a link to it here.  I’ll put Jim’s introduction here, but you’ll need to click the link to see how pitchers in the Brewers Minor League system are lined up by certain categories.

Every year, members of the media and fans spend far too much time breaking down the ERA of minor league pitchers.

I have yet to talk to a scout who legitimately believes ERA illustrates much of anything in terms of talent in a young pitcher. It’s all about the projectability of the stuff, the skill set on the mound, and the relative age to his opponents.

Pinpointing the ultimate projectability of a pitcher’s repertoire is an artform that is often honed, but never mastered. It’s not as objective as simply standing in the scout’s section of the ballpark with a radar gun and logging velocity readings. It’s about understanding mechanics. It’s about understanding what could be there, rather than what already is.

One of the easiest ways to grab a snapshot of the Brewers’ minor league system is to categorize them according to the three main skills on the mound: ground-ball percentage, walk rate, and strikeout rate.

Last thing today: Look at the latest Rattlers Alumni on twitter

Nick Bucci  is @nickbooch
Cameron Garfield is @CAMgGARFIELD
Maverick Lasker is @LaskerMaverick

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