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Orlando Arcia as a Timber Rattler


Earlier this week, announced the winners of their 2015 MiLBY Awards. One of the categories was Breakout Prospect and the staff chose Orlando Arcia.

“When [pitchers] first saw him, they just saw a skinny kid and thought they could just throw a bunch of fastballs by him,” [Biloxi Manager Carlos] Subero said. “Once he showed he could hit those, they gave him a lot of breaking pitches, and it took a while before he caught on, but he did. He had to grow and lay off the pitches that got him for a month or so, but that showed the great intagibles he has — a lot of players aren’t able to make those adjustments.”

By August and September, Arcia, who had participated in the All-Star Futures Game in July, was thriving once again and produced a .324/.356/.493 line with three homers, two triples and 11 doubles from Aug. 1 on over the final 36 games of the regular season and finished the season with an average over .300 (.307) for the first time as a pro while setting career highs with eight homers, seven triples, 37 doubles, 69 RBIs and 74 runs.


Arcia’s older brother Oswaldo, a 24-year-old outfielder in the Twins system with 219 games of Major League experience, went to see his brother play after his season came to an end with Triple-A Rochester and was immediately taken aback by what happened since he last saw his brother play live, when they were teammates in the Winter League back home.

“He was with us for three or four days, and he turned to me and said, ‘Wow, he’s turned into a big leaguer,'” [Biloxi Hitting Coach Sandy] Guerrero said. “So I looked back at him and said, ‘Shh — don’t tell him.’ We didn’t want to get things in his head yet.”

Others didn’t quite get the memo. has moved him up from No. 88 among top overall prospects to his current spot at No. 12. The Brewers named Arcia their Minor League Player of the Year in mid-September, and later in the same month, Rawlings announced he had won the Minors’ version of the Gold Glove award. All the months of working with Mischik [sic] & Co. on arm angles and effort at shortstop had officially turned him from a plus defender into a mettalic [??] one.

“You need to work with this kid to understand it,” Subero said. “Just his willingness to get better is such a part of who he is. We told him he was the Minor League Player of the Year, and he was happy. To me, that’s a huge deal. But to him, he was even more excited for the Gold Glove. He knew the work he put in, and it paid off huge.”

The easy question now about Arcia is “What’s next?” The likely answer is an invitation to Major League Spring Training, a trip to Triple-A Colorado Springs to start the season and a likely Major League debut at some point in 2016, barring injury or trade.

Arcia was a Timber Rattler in 2013


Heading into his 2013 season with the Timber Rattlers, Baseball America had rated him as the #17 prospect in the Brewers organization.

Arcia played 120 games at shortstop for Wisconsin in 2013. He hit .251/.314/.647 with 14 doubles, five triples, four homers, and 39RBI. The most amazing things about Arcia’s season with the Rattlers was that he struck out just 40 times in 442 at bats…as an 18-year old for most of the season.

Here is his game log from that 2013 season.  Take a really good look at it.

He struck out twice or more in a game just five times in 2013. There was an eight-game stretch (August 2-9) where he went 32 straight plate appearances without striking out. He also had at least one hit in the first seven of those games and was 9-for-29 (.310) during the stretch.  By the way, he turned 19 on August 4, 2013.  That would be right near the start of that impressive streak.

Put the ball in play indeed.


Future Rattlers

Welcome back.  I figured it was time to get back to work.

Check out Mehring Monday over on the website.

The Field Renovaion  project is moving along well.  The trenches for irrigation are being dug.  The outfield grass and warning track will be next.  Here are a few pictures from today.

September 28-1

September 28-2

You can check out the live YouTube feed here.  To see how much progress has been made, here are the time lapse videos from week 1 and week 2.

Baseball America is steadily releasing the Top 20 Prospects in each of the minor leagues.  They have already covered the Arizona League and the Pioneer League.  The Milwaukee Brewers have affiliates in both leagues and prospects on both lists.  These are the future Rattlers to make those lists.

There will be a little bit on each player, but not everything.  Most of this stuff is behind the subscriber wall.

Arizona League Brewers to make Arizona League Top 20 List:

#1 Trent Clark, Outfield

The 18-year-old center fielder, who signed for $2.7 million, crashed head first into the center-field wall in the first inning of his second pro game. He wound up with a concussion that kept him out of the lineup for two weeks and gave him a couple of shiners that lasted well into the summer. It didn’t take long after returning to the lineup for Clark to show off his five-tool skills—he hit for the cycle in his fifth game back.

#3 Gilbert Lara, Shortstop

Lara shows the range, infield actions and above-average arm to be able to stay at shortstop, provided he doesn’t grow too much in his teens. He gets good carry and accuracy on his throws. Lara has the tools needed for success at higher levels, and is projected by some observers as a plus big league player.

“He’s really solid for 17 years old—a grinder,” Brewers manager Nestor Corredor said.

#5 Demi Orimoloye, Outfield

One of the AZL’s bigger surprises came from north of the border, with Canadian outfielder Orimoloye showcasing explosive tools and producing at a high level during his six weeks in the league. The native of Nigeria ranked No. 41 on the BA 500 prior to the draft but fell to the fourth round, with the Brewers signing him for $450,000.

Orimoloye led the league in homers (six) when he left Arizona to join Canada’s national team for the 18U Baseball World Cup in Japan.

Helena Brewers to make Pioneer League Top 20 List:

#4 Marcos Diplan, Right-handed Pitcher

Despite his slight, 6-foot frame, Diplan stands out for his savvy and poise on the mound. He commands three average or better pitches and shows good feel for his secondary stuff. He sits 90-94 mph and touches as high as 98. His heater should tick up with strength and maturity.

Diplan’s slider is already a plus pitch, and he shows the ability to use his changeup in any count.

#6 Monte Harrison, Outfield

Harrison featured some of the loudest tools in the league. Already one of the best defensive outfielders in Rookie ball, he showed signs of starting to figure it out at the plate. The key to the improvement was getting his hands loaded earlier so that he was ready to see the ball sooner. Harrison is a little slow getting out of the box but is a plus runner underway, and he’s an instinctual baserunner who now has swiped 52 bases in 124 career games. 

#15 Jake Gatewood, Shortstop

He hit .209 in the first half at low Class A Wisconsin, but a series of adjustments and the PL’s offensive nature helped him taste success for the first time.

Gatewood showed signs of figuring it out at Helena. He gained confidence in the box by becoming more consistent with his leg lift and hand load. He still has a long swing, however, and he expands the zone and struggles with good offspeed pitches, but he flashes the ability to hit for power in games.

Photos from Spring Training – March 20, 2015

Day Two of Mehring in Arizona – or the cooler title of Mehring in Maryvale that I didn’t come up with but is on the media wall image – is up on the main website.  Here are some photos from today at minor league camp.

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Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Kodi Medeiros takes the mound for a defensive drill.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Batting Practice Group #1 gets ready.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Devin Williams makes a pitch in the first inning on Friday.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Monte Harrison at the plate.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Jake Gatewood takes a swing on Friday.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gilbert Lara at shortstop.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

Gian Rizzo gave up a leadoff double in the ninth, but retired the next three hitters for a scoreless inning.

 I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

I think that home run would – well, seem fairer and feel fouler.

Alumni Birthdays for March 20:
Javier Salas (’14) – 23
Dana Williams (Hitting Coach ’02-’04, ’07) – 52
Donn Koch (’82) – 56
Paul ‘Frosty’ Francis (’51) – Would have been 86

`Frosty” was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, The Choate School and a 1950 graduate of Wesleyan University. Upon college graduation, Francis pursued his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. He pitched in the St. Louis Browns organization until an injury forced him to pursue his other dream of coaching basketball. After two years as the head basketball coach at the Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD, “Frosty” accepted the head basketball coaching duties back in CT at the Kingswood School. At Kingswood, for 25 years he was a teacher, coach, Director of Athletics, and finally Director of Finance and Development. Among his many accomplishments as a coach were two Class “B” New England basketball titles, in 1956 and 1957, and the establishment of what is now, the “Frosty” Francis KIT (Kingswood Invitational Tournament) in 1963, the longest running prep basketball tournament in New England.

In the Pipeline

MLB Pipeline has released their Top 30 Prospects in the Brewers organization.

I count 17 former Timber Rattlers on that Top 30 List.

#1 is Orlando Arcia

Orlando Arcia in 2013.

Orlando Arcia in 2013.

#2 is Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor in 2013.

Tyrone Taylor in 2013.

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.

Jonathan Mayo of has the writeup on the 2015 Brewers Top 30 List:

[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

Prospect Projections

This article by Jake Seiner was published on 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

From Stars to Shuckers – November 25, 2014

Biloxi Baseball announced the nickname of their team last night.

That's an oyster!

That’s an oyster!

Biloxi baseball gets a pearl of a name.

Shuckers general manager Buck Rogers did his best to pump up the crowd Monday before the curtains were pulled back to reveal the name and logo.

The colors: blue, coral and Biloxi Sand.

There were several different takes on the logo, but the main one features the shell of an oyster surrounding “Biloxi Shuckers” and two eyes peering out.

It seems like a simple design, but Rogers said there was a lot of background work that went into the logo.

“At first, people outside this market are going to say, ‘What’s a Shucker?'” Rogers said. “You have to explain it to them. If you’re not from Nebraska, you ask

‘What’s a husker?’ The people down here picked (Shuckers), justified it. They put in all the input on it. The locals didn’t have an owner come in and say ‘Name the team this.’ This was a community team since from jump street. We’re really pleased.”

Reaction on Facebook…mixed.

The Shuckers are the Southern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  So, Welcome to the family, Biloxi!

Posting will be light over the next few days.  But, I will be putting up the alumni birthdays every from Wednesday through Sunday.  Regular posting will return on December 1.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Alumni Birthdays for November 25:
Elvin Nina (Pitching Coach, ’14) – 39
Karl Drezek (’88, ’89) – 49
Mark Davis (’86) – 50
Bucky Dent (’70, ’71) – 63

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Birthday boy Bucky Dent is located in the second row, second from the right.

Veterans Day and All-Stars – November 11, 2014

Photo is from the excellent Baseball in Wartime website.

306th Bomb Group

306th Bomb Group in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

This link is to Those Who Served and were baseball players.  Thank you to all who served. has been announcing their All-Stars for each Major League organization for the last few weeks.  Yesterday, they announced the Brewers organizational All-Stars.

Ten of the twelve positions were filled by players who played with the Timber Rattlers.  Yes. Twelve. The eight defensive positions, a utility position, right-handed starting pitcher, left-handed starting pitcher, and relief pitcher.

Click the link for the whole list and for comments on each player from Reid Nichols, the Director of Player Development for the Brewers.  I’ll excerpt the write-ups on the players who were Timber Rattlers in 2014.

Catcher — Clint Coulter, Wisconsin (126 games): After an injury-plagued 2013, Coulter improved across the board, playing in 56 more games than the year before while boosting his OPS by 216 points. The 2012 first-round pick led the organization with 22 homers and 89 RBIs while batting a solid .287 for the Timber Rattlers.

“He made a big improvement,” said Reid Nichols, the Brewers’ director of player development. “I think he’ll make more next year. He was a little more selective at the plate. He’s learning how to slow it down. He was a little too firm and hard on his stride and he’s learned to soften it up a bit, and it’s really helped him.”

Though there’s a good chance you’ll see the Brewers’ No. 7 prospect on this list next year, it almost certainly won’t be at the same position, Nichols indicated.

“His catching didn’t get a whole lot better and we moved him to right field for now,” he said of Coulter, who has continued his season in the Arizona Fall League. “He’s working in the outfield and he’s made a pretty good adjustment.”

Second baseman — Chris McFarland, Wisconsin (100 games): Repeating at Wisconsin, McFarland increased his batting average by 46 points and saw his OPS rise from .656 to .719. The 21-year-old also increased his stolen base total from seven to 30, tying for 12th in the Midwest League.

“I really think he came in more focused,” Nichols said. “Different approach at the plate, more business-like. I think he started getting a bit more serious about his job.”

Nichols attributed the rise in steals to an organizational emphasis.

“We [used to have] a roving baserunning instructor and we went without one this year, and I think everyone took it to heart that it was their job, too,” he said of the coaches at each level. “Our teaching was to be more aggressive on the basepaths — we didn’t care if you got thrown out, we just wanted to see if you could steal or not. I think it’s paid off. We were happy with the improvement in the basestealing, although that’s not the focus; we just want the guys to be more aggressive.


Chris McFarland running the bases for the Rattlers in 2014.

Outfielder Michael Ratterree, Wisconsin (125 games), Huntsville (seven games): After winning Pioneer League MVP honors in 2013, Ratterree made the jump to full-season play and showed promise, despite a .228 average. The 23-year-old tied for second in the organization with 19 homers and tied for fourth with 76 RBIs. Ratterree helped balance out his low average with patience at the plate, drawing 79 walks, including 75 at Wisconsin to rank second in the Midwest League. He also received some postseason hardware, earning a Minor League Gold Glove.

“Anytime you get a young hitter who can take walks, he’s gonna do something later,” Nichols said. “While he didn’t have a really good batting average, his on-base was good and that will turn into a good batting average later, in my opinion. And he won a Gold Glove for the Minor Leagues, which is kind of cool. Same as all these guys — focus up the middle and be selective at the pitches you swing at early in the count. It’s kind of the formula for hitting in general. He’ll get it.”

Alumni Birthdays for November 11:
Michael Cox (’04) – 34
Jose Herrera (’01) – 35
Jim Horner (’97, Manager: ’06, ’07) – 41
Kyle Towner (’95) – 42
David Lawson (’93, ’94) – 42
Ryan Smith (’94) – 43
Chuck Hernandez (’83) – 54
Kim Girkins (’76) – 60
James White (’63) – Would have been 74




Draft report card – October 23, 2014

What do you think of my new office/summer home?

Not sure if it has cable yet.

Not sure if it has cable yet.

Earlier this week, Baseball America released their 2014 Draft Report Card for the Milwaukee Brewers.  The details are behind the paywall.  But, I wanted to share their rankings for some of these potential future Timber Rattlers.  For the full report on each player, subscribe to BA:

BEST PURE HITTER: OF Monte Harrison (1s)
BEST POWER HITTER: SS Jacob Gatewood (1s)
FASTEST RUNNER: OF Troy Stokes (4)
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Harrison needs reps but has a chance to be a young Torii Hunter caliber defender in center field.
BEST FASTBALL: RHP Brandon Woodruff (11)
BEST SECONDARY PITCH: The best-case comparison for Medeiros, a strong-bodied, athletic, low-slot lefthander, is Madison Bumgarner.

BEST PRO DEBUT: Harrison hit .261/.402/.339 and led the AZL with 32 stolen bases, being caught just twice. Stokes hit .262/.363/.331 there with 19 steals in 22 tries. C Greg McCall (9) hit .326/.375/465 in 86 at-bats at Rookie-level Helena.
CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: The Brewers hope to develop the younger Sneed as a starter but were judicious with his innings after he was Dallas Baptist’s ace in the spring, tossing 104 innings.

The city of Appleton finished 5th in all of MiLB cities as one of America’s Best Minor League Baseball Towns.

GRAND CHUTE, WI – recently rated all of the cities that host a minor league baseball franchise and released their Top 25 Minor League Baseball Towns in America. Based on the criteria surveyed, Appleton – home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers – was rated as #5 out of all minor league baseball.

There were five factors used to rate quality of life in each minor league city: Violent Crime per 100,000 residents; Property Crime per 100,000 residents; Disposable income – difference between average income and average monthly rent on a two-bedroom apartment; Unemployment rate; and Dining & Entertainment establishments per 100,000 residents.

Three factors were also taken in to account for the baseball experience in each city: Team winning percentage during 2014 season; Stadium Experience – the rating of the home ballpark on; and Minor League Class – the level at which each team plays.

Appleton and the Timber Rattlers finished fifth in the rankings behind only Portland, Maine (Portland Sea Dogs); Alexandria, Virginia (Potomac Nationals); Pearl, Mississippi (Mississippi Braves); and Frisco, Texas (Frisco RoughRiders). 

You may have noticed I left the Brewers out of the MLB Alumni Reports that were done by division.  I wanted to save those for later in the offseason…Like right now.

Here are the pitching alumni who were on the mound for the Brewers in 2014.  Hitting alumni will be added in tomorrow.

Marco Estrada (Rehab, 2013): 7-6, 4.36ERA, 39 games, 18 starts, 150.2IP, 44BBs, 127K

Mike Fiers (2009): 6-2, 2.13ERA, 14 games, 10 starts, 71.2IP, 17BB, 76K

Jim Henderson (2009): 2-1, 7.15ERA, 14 games, 11.1IP, 4BB, 17K

Jeremy Jeffress (2010): 1-1, 1.88ERA, 29 games, 28.2IP, 7BB, 25K

Martin Maldonado (2009): 0-0, 0.00ERA, 1 game, 1IP, 0BB, 0K

Jimmy Nelson (2011): 2-9, 4.93ERA, 14 games, 12 games, 69.1IP, 19BB, 57K

Wily Peralta (2009): 17-11, 3.53ERA, 32 games, 32 starts, 198.2IP, 61BB, 154K

Tyler Thornburg (2011): 3-1, 4.25ERA, 27 games, 29.2IP, 21BB, 28K

Alumni Birthdays:
Cip Garcia (’02, ’03) – 36
Pat Bailey (’87) – 50

Changes – September 19, 2014

Interesting day in the Midwest League on Thursday:

Kane County Chronicle: Cubs cutting ties with Cougars

Chicago Sun-Times: Why the Cubs moved from Kane County to South Bend

Thursday morning, the Cubs and South Bend announced a new PDC that runs through 2018. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein realizes the decision might not be popular with area fans.

“I don’t think in this industry you can avoid looking like bad guys,” Epstein said. “So you just have to roll with it and make sure you’re making decisions for the right reasons. In this case, we have to come back to what’s best for our prospects and move forward and try to handle the matters with as much professionalism as possible.”

South Bend already has started major renovations to their facility, including a new playing surface, and also has worked out a deal with the Cubs to change their name from the Silver Hawks and change their logos and colors. A news conference in South Bend is scheduled for next Thursday to announce the changes.

South Bend Tribune Column: Cubs fans in South Bend can cheer. Finally.

It’s not often that a Cubs fan gets good news in September.

Let’s face it, even when things seem promising — postseason success, one victory away from the World Series and a chance at the club’s first title since dinosaurs roamed the Earth — well …

But that fails to discourage me, a South Bend native and supporter since the late 1970s of the team that plays on Chicago’s North Side. Those weren’t exactly the team’s glory years — you’d have to go back a century or so for that — but  through the magic of WGN-TV, I was pretty much hooked after the first game. What was not to like about a lineup featuring Jerry Martin and Dave Kingman? (Yes, I thought they were impressive, but I was young).

South Bend Tribune News Story: South Bend: Cubs town

Andrew Berlin, owner of the South Bend franchise for the past three seasons, made good on a promise he made when he took over the club. He has given downtown a shot of energy and enthusiasm.

That mission was put into play when the Chicago Cubs signed a four-year deal with the South Bend franchise as their Class A affiliate in the Midwest League, ending the 17-year partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The new affiliation also ends the Cubs’ partnership with its now former Class A affiliate, the Kane County Cougars in Geneva, Ill.

In the Brewers system, there’s a new Triple-A affiliate:

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Brewers settle for Colorado Springs as AAA Host

The game of minor-league musical chairs finally came to an end Thursday, with the Milwaukee Brewers agreeing to a two-year player development contract with Class AAA Colorado Springs.

It was the culmination of a crazy 24 hours that saw the Brewers’ former Class AAA team in Nashville dump them for the Oakland A’s, leaving Milwaukee with Colorado Springs and Fresno as alternatives. The Colorado Rockies, meanwhile, left Colorado Springs for a new deal with Albuquerque.

When Fresno and the Houston Astros announced earlier Thursday they had agreed to a two-year deal, that left Colorado Springs as the only Class AAA team without a parent club and Milwaukee as the only major-league team without a top affiliate.

Colorado Springs Gazette News Story: Sky Sox sign two-year affiliation deal with Milwaukee Brewers

“That’s how it works sometimes in this process,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “Nashville decided to go in a different direction after we were there for a lot of years, like the Rockies did. We are confident we can make this a good fit.”

Any Brewers concerns were eased because they are familiar with the Sky Sox’s Elmore ownership group, which also owns the Helena (Mont.) Brewers, the organization’s rookie-level club. The Elmores will do what a MLB club needs for its players, Melvin said.

Colorado Springs Gazette Column: Sky Sox rescued from Rockies clueless tyranny

Over the past few days, I’ve heard Colorado Springs voices bemoan the dissolving of the Sky Sox’s 21-season association with the Rockies. These voices wonder what Colorado Springs could have done to keep the Rockies happy.

I have a different response to the departure.

Hallelujah. It’s time to celebrate.

The Sky Sox just concluded a catastrophe of a season. They collected a mere 53 wins to go with a staggering 91 losses. They were atrocious on the road (26-46) and befuddled at home (27-45.) That’s consistency. They lost nine of their last 10 games.

Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial: Conspiracy theorists thought Colorado Springs mayor was wrong about Rockies

Bach hoped a serious stadium plan would encourage the Rockies to stay while helping revitalize downtown. The stadium could also help with plans by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to add NCAA Division II baseball in several years.

The mere idea of a stadium became instant fodder for pseudo conservatives and conspiracy theorists of all stripes. The Rockies would never leave, they said. Bach merely wanted to line pockets of “crony capitalist” developer friends. Most notable among the instant opponents were a handful of freshman politicians who had just been sworn to the Colorado Springs City Council.

Alumni Report (International League Pitchers):
Phillippe Aumont (’08) Lehigh Valley/Phillies:
3-3, 3.93ERA, 35 games, 55.0IP, 39BB, 65K

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Photo Credit: WM. Glasheen

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06) Buffalo/Blue Jays:
2-2, 3.89ERA, 17 games, 4 starts, 39.1IP, 11BB, 35K

Cesar Jimenez (’03) Lehigh Valley/Phillies:
3-2, 3 Saves, 1.45ERA, 38 games, 2 starts, 49.2IP, 15BB, 46K

Mark Lowe (’05) Columbus/Indians:
4-3, 17 saves, 5.62ERA, 41 games, 41.2IP, 17BB, 47K

Shaun Marcum (’12) Columbus/Indians:
1-0, 2.35ERA, 8 games, 1 start, 15.1IP, 6BB, 10K
JC Ramirez (’08) Columbus/Indians:
1-3, 2 saves, 3.45 ERA, 25 games, 31.1IP, 11BB, 15K

Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03) Buffalo/Blue Jays:
1-0, 5.14ERA, 12 games, 14.0IP, 3BB, 11K

Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03) Louisville/Reds:
0-0, 4.20ERA, 12 games, 1 start, 15.0IP, 4BB, 9K

Juan Sandoval (’03) Durham/Rays:
0-1, 1 Save, 3.12ERA, 14 games, 1 start, 26.0IP, 14BB, 15K

Fabian Williamson (’07) Louisville/Reds:
0-0, 4.50ERA, 1 game, 2.0IP, 2BB, 2K

Possible Rattlers listed as Prospects

Baseball America has started to list their Top 20 Prospects for each of the leagues in MiLB.

Michael Ratterree, the MVP of the Pioneer League, was listed as a Top 20 Prospect in the league by Baseball America. (Photo Credit: Helena Brewers)

Michael Ratterree, the MVP of the Pioneer League, was listed as a Top 20 Prospect in the league by Baseball America. (Photo Credit: Helena Brewers)

The Brewers prospects listed so far are:

Arizona League:
RHP Devin Williams

Pioneer League:
OF Michael Ratterree
RHP Barrett Astin
C Dustin Houle

Williams, Milwaukee’s 2nd round pick (54th overall) in the 2013 draft, was 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA for the AZL Brewers.  He appeared in 13 games and made six starts.  He was a high school selection out out of Hazelwood West in Missouri.  Williams struck out 39 and walked 22 over 34-2/3 innings.  Baseball America put him at #12 on their list of Arizona League prospects.

Ratterree, a 10th round pick in 2013, was the Pioneer League MVP this season.  The product of Rice had a slashline of .314/.391/.585, hit 12 home runs, and drove in 58 runs.  BA has him at #16 on their list of Pioneer League prospects.

Astin, a 3rd round pick out of Arkansas in 2013, was 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA.  He appeared in 12 games – eight starts.  Astin struck out 31 and walked 11 in 31-2/3 innings for Helena.  He is #17 on the Baseball America list of Pioneer League Prospects.

Houle, an 8th round pick in the 2011 draft, is the only Brewers prospect on these lists to play with the Timber Rattlers.  Houle, a high school pick out of Brookswood Secondary School in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, joined Wisconsin very briefly – seven games – and was 6-for-23 with an RBI.  Most of his time was spent with Helena where he hit .250/.290/.311 with a home run and 19 RBI.  He was the #19 prospect in the Pioneer League.

Time will tell if all of these players will be with the Timber Rattlers in 2014.

Speaking of the Timber Rattlers…The Midwest League list will be released on Monday.  We will see how many Rattlers will make that Top 20 List.

Here’s Ratterree with Jason Rogers on the Brewers broadcast from last week at Miller Park.

This is a video report on Williams just after the draft.

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