I count 17 former Timber Rattlers on that Top 30 List.
#1 is Orlando Arcia
#2 is Tyrone Taylor
Click the link up top to see the whole list.
Of note for fans of the Timber Rattlers, I count three players in the top ten who will most likely be in the Fox Cities this season and two other players in the top ten who COULD be with the Rattlers in the future…if not in 2015.
[I]f you’re looking for high-risk, high-reward players, the types of lottery tickets the Brewers hadn’t purchased in the past, the 2014 Draft took care of you. Scouting director Bruce Seid, in what proved to be his final Draft as he tragically passed away last September, had one of the most daring first nights of the Draft in recent memory. High schoolers Monte Harrison, Jake Gatewood and Kodi Medeiros are all in the Top 10, and they bring some added excitement about what they can become in the future. Add in international signee Gilbert Lara and Milwaukee has four teenagers in the Top 10 now.
At the top of the list are two longer-standing Brewers prospects, both with considerable upside themselves. Shortstop Orlando Arcia is the lone representative in the Top 100, but it wouldn’t surprise many to see outfielder Tyrone Taylor join him at some point in the future.
Alumni Birthdays for March 12:
Wick Udy (’03) – 36
Victor Martinez (’99) – 37
Jesus Marquez (’93, ’94) – 42
Donald Young (’90) – 48
Doug Bock (’88) – 49
Gary Keeton (’83) – 54
Steve Noworyta (’82, ’83) – 55
Tommy Toman (’75, ’76) – 59
Johnny Ellen (’61) – 75
Alumni Birthdays for today:
Craig James (’05) – 32
John Cangelosi (’83) – 52
Charles Hendricks (’67) – 71
But, that’s not the big news. Whiffer’s Bounce House will be unveiled today as well.
Children….and I do stress CHILDREN….will be able to jump around in Whiffer’s Bounce House this season.
Come on out today and get some tickets.
Alumni Birthdays for March 7:
Steven Richard (’07) – 30
Tim Trawick (’96) – 43
Nyls Nyman (’73) – 61
Jimmie Hall (’58) – 77
In reverse order,
POCKET SCHEDULES ARE HERE!
— Timber Rattlers (@TimberRattlers) March 6, 2015
The snowblower was out on the field earlier this week and the warning track is almost clear.
I hear that the weather is supposed to get warmer soon. That means we will have some pictures that include green grass poking up through the blanket of white.
REMINDER: Individual Game Tickets on sale this Saturday at 10am. See you at the ballpark!
Alumni Birthdays for March 6:
Nibaldo Acosta (’04) – 32
Omer Munoz (Hitting Coach ’97-’99) – 49
August Gregory (’41) – Would have been 93
Individual Game Tickets for the 2015 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers season will go on sale Saturday, March 7 at 10:00am. There will be plenty going on that day at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium from 10am to 3:00pm.
But, the team figures that the thing in which you would be most interested is the Opening Day Tickets for Sunday, April 12 vs. the Peoria Chiefs.
Because that is the day of the Jonathan Lucroy double Bobblehead All-Fan Giveaway courtesy of Appvion and Cher-Make. I could describe what this double bobblehead looks like…or I could show you:
Pretty neat. If you can’t make it to the event on Saturday, order your tickets here starting at 10am.
Alan Williams (’11, ’12, ’13) – 25
Ryan Franklin (’94) – 42
Mike Squires (’73) – 63
Thomas MacMillan (’51) – Would have been 84
I will take any opportunity to use a Warren Zevon song lyric:
Don Quixote had his windmills
Ponce De Leon took his cruise
Took Sinbad seven voyages
To see that it was all a ruse
That’s why I’m looking for the next best thing
Looking for the next best thing
I appreciate the best but I’m settling for less
So I’m looking for the next best thing
Why does that song spring to mind this morning? MiLB.com has a new article out on the shortstop D-Listers in Minor League Baseball and mentions Orlando Arcia (’13):
“D-Listers”? Let them explain:
In this corner of the internet, it’s routine for a heavy-hitting Minor Leaguer to work his way into the MiLB.com headlines. Home runs and four-hit games tend to jump off the box score, giving fans a tangible piece of information on their favorite prospects.
We don’t want to ignore those who specialize with the leather, though. Having spent most of the year making A-list celebrities of the Minors’ best hitters, it’s time to heap a little praise on the glove men. Here, we present the “D”-Listers — baseball’s run-preventing stars of the future.
Got that? The reigning champ is Francisco Lindor, a former Lake County Captain. Arcia is next on their list and he is titled: The Next Best Thing!
The Venezuelan turned 20 last summer while playing with Class A Advanced Brevard County, where multiple evaluators thought he was the Florida State League’s most impressive defender. One rival manager said Arcia was MLB-ready with the glove, or at least very close. Others used words like “superb” and “outstanding.”
“He’s definitely a plus defender,” Brevard County manager Joe Ayrault said. “He’s a guy — he’s what I call a two-out infielder. When the game’s on the line, two outs, you want the ball hit to him. He makes all the routine players, then he makes the exciting plays as well.”
“He’s one of those guys, if something crazy happens, he could go to the big leagues and fill in right now,” Ayrault said. “One of our sayings here is, ‘Does he pass the eye test? When he gets called up, does he do all the things you expect a Major League guy to do making plays?’ He’s a guy who will pass the eye test over there in Major League camp. He’ll definitely impress some people this spring.”
Those are excerpts. Click to read the whole thing.
A video put together by the production gnomes to promote Saturday, which is the date on which Individual Tickets for the 2015 season go on sale:
It’s about time that Rogers Hornsby quote was put into action!
Alumni Birthdays for March 4:
Taylor Mangum (’13) – 26
Jose Gonzalez (’98) – 38
Claudio Liverziani (’98) – 40
Juan Beniquez (’88) – 46
Kurt Brown (’86) – 48
Lorenzo Gray (’77, ’78) – 62
Kenneth Chmiel (’67) – 69
All alone on the road to perfection!
The main website just announced the alternate jerseys with the dates they will be worn. Here are images for most of those 2015 alternate jerseys for the Timber Rattlers. The image of the Military Appreciation Jersey will be released later this season.
Salute to Cows:
Star Wars Night:
You can start purchasing tickets for these games beginning Saturday, March 7.
From Tom Haudricourt’s blog at the Journal-Sentinel…Taylor Williams makes big early impression
After throwing his first live bullpen session a few days ago, Williams was walking off the field at Maryvale Baseball Park when he was approached by Ryan Braun. The Brewers’ rightfielder did not try to hit off Williams but watched from behind the batting cage as others struggled to make contact.
“That was impressive,” Braun told Williams. “You might have the best stuff of any pitcher in camp.”
To say the least, Williams was flabbergasted. The last thing he expected was the team’s best hitter going out of his way to offer such a compliment.
“That was kind of cool,” said Williams. “That was really the first time I met him officially and got to talk to him. Hearing that from a player with his talent — he was a MVP — is an honor. It meant a lot to me.”
“If you want to just talk about stuff, that’s as good as it gets,” manager Ron Roenicke said of Williams. “It’s an explosive fastball, two hard breaking balls with a slider and curveball, and a changeup. He’s got a nice package going. I saw Carlos (Gomez) trying to hit off him. It’s legit stuff.”
Todd Rosiak has this on another former Timber Rattler in camp with the Brewers on the JS Blog: Another positive step forward for Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson took a big step forward Sunday morning when he threw a session of live batting practice, marking the first time the big Canadian had faced hitters since having surgery on his right shoulder last August.
It’s been a long road back for the 32-year-old reliever, who couldn’t help but take note of where he was pitching once again.
“That same mound I threw on just now was the same mound that I realized the season was over on last year, so I was thinking about that when I got out there,” he said, referring to Field 7 at the Brewers’ Maryvale complex.
“I was like, ‘Forget this mound.’ It was kind of one of those moments where it was like this is where it ended and this is where it’s going to begin again.”
Henderson faced three hitters – Hunter Morris, Pete Orr and Yadiel Rivera – and was pleased overall with what transpired.
Alumni Birthdays for March 3:
Jose Pena (’14) – 22
Alex Jones (’10) – 28
Jeff Flaig (’06) – 30
Rich Tunison (’90) – 46
Sean Collins (’90) – 48
Mike Jirschele (Coach, ’90, ’91) – 56
Ernie Stinsa (’58) – Would have been 82