Wrapping up the Winter Leagues – Australia

Time to look back at Timber Rattlers Alumni in the Winter Leagues.  Today, a quick peek at the Australian Baseball League.

The ABL ended last week with Perth winning the championship.  Video of the Claxton Shield presentation here.

Regular Season:
Melbourne Aces (15-31):
Kyle Heckathorn (’10): 3 games, 0-2, 8.10ERA, 3.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Perth Heat (28-20):
Chad Robinson (’10): 15 games, 2-3, 2 saves, 2.11ERA, 21.1IP, 10BB, 26K

Sydney Blue Sox (22-24):
Craig Anderson (’00): 12 games, 12 starts, 5-6, 3.59ERA, 3CG, 2SHO, 77.2IP, 14BB, 60K

Chad Robinson: 2 games, 0-0, 0.00ERA, IP, 3BB, K

Chad Robinson in 2010.

Chad Robinson in 2010.

Craig Anderson: 1 game, 1 start, 6.0IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K, No decision

Alumni Birthdays for February 16:
Justin Dunning (’99) – 38
Geovany Miranda (’91) – 45
Ron Scruggs (’86) – 52
Jerry Hairston (’71) – 63

They spelled Miranda’s first name wrong…twice!

More Dogs on the way

Jim Henderson, a Timber Rattlers closer in 2009, returned to his roots this past weekend.

One guy who returns to Okotoks every winter for the Dawgs annual Awards Night is big league pitcher Jim Henderson.

Henderson, who is still the lone Dawg to ever make the Major League’s says with the growth of the Dawgs program he won’t be alone much longer.

“We got kids getting drafted every year now. It’s just a matter of time before these guys start popping up in the big league’s. You’ll see their player profile page and you’ll see those guys from Okotoks. It’ll be quite something to see. It’ll be excellent.”

The article also mentions that Henderson is looking forward to getting back to the Brewers after his season-ending shoulder surgery last year.

Jim Henderson as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Jim Henderson as a Timber Rattler in 2009.

Jim Henderson as a Timber Rattler in 2013.  (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Jim Henderson as a Timber Rattler in 2013. (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Alumni Birthdays for February 12:
Glen McNabb (’92) – 45
Fred Russell (’90) – 49
Dennis Deck (’68, ’70) – 65

FredRussell Foxes

Yeah. I fell for it

@TimberRattlers was tagged in this tweet yesterday:

“Hmmm….Clint Coulter! He’s a former Timber Rattler.  Let’s see what they have to say,” I thought as I retweeted before clicking the link.

No mention of Coulter anywhere outside the list. Well played, MLB Pipeline. Well played.

Alumni Birthdays for February 11:
Kevin Robles (’00) – 37
Joe Rodriguez (’01) – 37
Arned Hernandez (’90) – 48
John Hofer (’89) – 50

Arned Hernandez

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John Hofer 89

Space is limited

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Alumni Birthdays for February 10:
Jorge Lopez (’13) – 22
Keith Meyer (’08) – 29
Steve Ulhmansiek (”07) – 32
Danny Delgado (’03) – 37
Al Jones (’82, ’83) – 56
Paul Patterson (’72) – 65
Goose Gregson (’72, ’73) – 65
Durant Cooper (’67) – 67

Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Jorge Lopez as a Timber Rattler in 2013.

Alumni Birthdays – February 7 to February 9

Alumni Birthdays for February 7:
Seth Lintz (’12) – 25
Keith Renaud (’08) – 29
Eddie Menchaca (’02) – 36
Tim Merritt (’03) – 35
John Daniels (’95) – 41

Alumni Birthdays for February 8:
Jonathan Arias (’08) – 27
Leury Bonilla (’07) – 30
Jeffrey Hulse (’89) – 49
Gregory Bennett (’66) – 71

Alumni Birthdays for February 9:
Michael Ratterree (’14) – 24
Rick Southall (’99) – 38
Hugh Walker (’89) – 45
Brad Holman (Pitching Coach 02-05) – 47
Eddie Solomon (’82) – Would have been 64
Joe Bowen (’69) – 66
George Schilens (’48, ’49, ’50) – Would have been 88

Michael Ratterree from 2014.

Michael Ratterree from 2014.

Meanwhile in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Series is taking place in Puerto Rico right now.  Taking a look at the rosters finds plenty of former Timber Rattlers playing…especially for the host team:

Puerto Rico:
Hiram Burgos
Joel Pineiro
Rene Rivera
Yadiel Rivera, who shows off his uniform in this tweet from earlier in the week.

Orlando Arcia

Through the first three days, Puerto Rico is 0-3.  Venezuela is 3-0.

Alumni Birthdays for February 6:
Terry Serrano (’08) – 28
Carlos George (’10, ’11, ’12) – 26
Chad Thompson (’12, ’14) – 24
JB Brown (’80) – 58
Jackie Smith (’77, ’78) – 60
Leslie Hayes (1913) – Would have been 123


Chad Thompson with the Timber Rattlers in 2012.

Chad Thompson with the Timber Rattlers in 2012.

Prospect Projections

This article by Jake Seiner was published on MiLB.com on Monday.  It looks at Prospect Projections within the NL Central.

There are a few issues with the Brewers entry…mainly that Shawn Zarraga is no longer in the organization.  BUT, overall, worthwhile to take “a look at rookie-eligible players who could make an impact in the Majors.”

The projections are:

analysis regarding who could make an impact, as well as Steamer projections (taken with gratitude from Fangraphs) for those players. For those who don’t know, Steamer is a projection system that uses statistics, age, level and other factors to predict player performance. The system makes for a fun point of reference in trying to gauge which prospects could play the biggest short-term roles.

Each team is broken down into hitters and pitchers. So, a look at the writeup on hitters in Milwaukee’s organization doesn’t have anything on former Rattlers.  But, here are how they project a few ex-Rattlers to perform in the Majors based on that formula:

Jason Rogers 3B 600 16 6 .247 .308 .390 .310 93 -13.7 0.2
Yadiel Rivera SS 600 8 11 .225 .263 .320 .260 59 0.0 -0.5
Jason Rogers rounds third and heads for home in this 2011 game. (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

Jason Rogers rounds third and heads for home in this 2011 game. (Photo Credit: Ann Mollica)

And now a look at the MLB projections of former Timber Rattlers pitchers:

David Goforth 2 3 4.65 0 65 65 8 1.47 6.5 3.9 4.70 -0.6
Michael Strong 3 4 4.61 0 65 65 8 1.48 7.0 4.3 4.65 -0.6
Brooks Hall 3 5 5.42 0 65 65 10 1.55 5.0 3.7 5.32 -1.1
Johnny Hellweg 3 5 5.62 0 65 65 8 1.69 6.1 5.7 5.42 -1.2
Photo Credit: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

David Goforth as a Timber Rattler in 2012.

Take those projections for what they are…projections.

Alumni Birthdays for February 5:
Eric O’Flaherty (’04, ’05) – 30
Jason Heath (’95) – 44

Sold Out

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Alumni Birthdays for February 4:
Brett Iddon (’96) – 39
Rick Thoren (’76, ’77) – 60
Larry Smith (’63) – 74
Rex Carrow (’47, ’48) – Would have been 88

Rex also played baseball and basketball at Michigan State, played on the European Baseball Championship winning team while in the military beating the Mediterranean Champions in Leg Horn, Italy, and went on to play professionally as a third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians for a total of seven seasons. He was a non-rostered player on the 1948 Cleveland Indians World Series team. Rex served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) and as an MP, personally guarding infamous Nazi war criminals, Hermann Goering (Commander of the German Air Force) and Ernst Kaltenbruner (Commander of the German Gestapo) during the historic Nuremburg Trials in 1945-46.

Number 88

MLB’s Pipline announced their Top 100 Prospects heading into the 2015 season.

Former Timber Rattlers shortstop Orlando Arcia checks in at #88:

Arcia’s advanced defensive skills are ready for higher levels now. He has outstanding range and soft hands to go along with a very strong arm. There is no question he will stay at the premium position long-term. Arcia continues to improve at the plate to the point where he’s no longer a glove-only type of middle infielder. He makes consistent contact, to all fields, rarely striking out. He even has a little extra-base pop coming from his very quick swing, which was on display particularly during his winter ball stint. He uses his speed to be a basestealing threat as well.

Good to see!

Orlando Arcia as a Timber Rattler in 2013.

Orlando Arcia as a Timber Rattler in 2013.

Alumni Birthdays for February 3:
Luis Figueroa (’98) – 38
Mike Marchiano (’98) – 40
Whitey Gluchoski (Manager, ’46 & ’47) – Would have been 92

First Rattler to start in an All-Star Game.

First Rattler to start in an All-Star Game.

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler.  All FIVE happened in 1998.

All Time Leader in Walkoff Hits by a Timber Rattler. All FIVE happened in 1998.



The concourse saw its shadow this morning

Six more weeks of winter?  Yes. That’s what Grover Groundhog taught me.

Groundhog and his shadow
Let’s take a look at the view of the field with just under ten weeks to the home opener for the Timber Rattlers:

February 2 view 1

February 2 view 2

February 2 view 3

Alumni Birthdays for January 31:
Taylor Brennan (’14) – 23
Caleb Thielbar (’10) – 28
Fred McNair (’94) – 45
Lowell Schellhase (’41) – Would have been 95

Alumni Birthdays for February 1:
Bill Kostich (’93) – 44
Vernon Slater (’91) – 45
Earl Goodwin (’48) – Would have been 87

Alumni Birthdays for February 2:
Donny Langdon (’05) – 33
Steve Kokor (’66, ’67) – 68

Speaking of Grover Groundhog….


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