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Brewers 2012 Draft report card

Mitch Haniger (L) and Lance Roenicke (R) were members of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers draft class. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers


I almost didn’t post about this because:

  1. It’s Baseball America and you may remember my dissenting opinion on their Top 20 Midwest League Prospect list.
  2. It’s behind Baseball America’s subscriber wall.

But, a lot of the players mentioned are possible Timber Rattlers for 2013.  Due diligence, I guess.

Their Quick Take: The Brewers focused on bats at the top of the draft and swung for the fences with raw, high-ceiling players in rounds 5-10. Getting an unpolished power arm such as Magnifico to come through would be a boon.

I’ll leave the descriptions out of their different rankings.

POSITION PLAYERS:
Best Pure Hitter: OF Tyrone Taylor (2nd round)
Best Power Hitter: OF Victor Roache (1st)
Fastest Runner:  OF Edgardo Rivera (8th)
Best Defensive Player: SS Angel Ortega (6th), Taylor, & Mitch Haniger (1st-supplemental)

PITCHERS:
Best Fastball: RHP Damien Magnifico (5th) & Tyler Wagner (4th)
Best Secondary Pitch: Wagner – slider and RHP Zachary Quintana (5th) – curve

ODDS AND ENDS:
Best Pro Debut: Coulter
Best Athlete: Taylor
Most Intriguing Background: OF Lance Roenicke’s (25th) and  RHP Austin Blaski (21st)
Closest To The Majors: Haniger
Best Late-Round Pick: NAIA product 2B Jose Sermo (35th) and RHP Martin Viramontes (28)

Haniger and Roenicke are the only players mentioned by BA who played for the Timber Rattlers last season.  All – including Haniger and Roenicke – could be Rattlers in 2013.

Roache is an interesting name on the list.  Here is what BA had to say about Roache when the Brewers signed him after the draft:

Roache missed most of the season with a broken left wrist, a serious injury that kept him out of the season after March. Roache hit 30 home runs in 2011, the first college hitter at Division I to hit 30 since 2003. He did it in the first year of the weaker BBCOR bats. We had more on his injury here.

The Brewers drafted Roache out of Georgia Southern.  Former Rattlers from Georgia Southern include Julio Ayala and Andy Moye.

We have mentioned Magnifico and his 100mph fastball before.  But, not much about Wagner.

How about a little note about him here?

Wagner, who will forgo his senior season to play professionally, was a three-year pitcher for the Utes. He set a school record with 17 saves, including 12 saves in 2011. Wagner has a career 2.72 ERA with 90 strikeouts. He made 57 appearances and gave up just three home runs.

Past Utes with the Rattlers include Phil Cullen and Wick Udy.

News, Notes, & Interviews

There are a few things out there for which I’d like to provide links.  Click the link above each excerpt for the full story.

Kjeldgaard eyes big leagues from the London (ONT) Community News:

For the time being, London’s best kept secret is tucked away at the back of Centrefield Sports indoor complex. Come March 2012, however, Riley “Brock” Kjeldgaard will be down south, flirting with the feat of being the first Forest City resident since Adam Stern in 2005 to make a Major League Baseball (MLB) roster.

“Baseball is a game where you might not get an opportunity,” said Kjeldgaard, 25, the centre’s lead hitting instructor. “But, when you do you have to be ready. It’s all about timing and good fortune.”

5 Tweets with Maverick Lasker from Peace & Glove blog:

Me: Other than easy access to glorious cheese, did you like playing in Appleton? What was the best part?

Maverick: The curds were fantastic, but the best part was playin in front of a packed house. Being associated with the Brewers, our fans were very supportive.

Manzanillo involved in auto accident from Adam McCalvy’s Brew Beat blog:

According to information from Manzanillo’s Dominican Winter League team published on Licey.com, a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in La Romana while Manzanillo was on his way to the Brewers’ new baseball academy. According to the website, Manzanillo, a right-handed power pitcher, suffered cuts and bruises on his right shoulder and was taken by plane to Cure International Hospital in Santo Domingo.

Adam’s update mentions:

Manzanillo, 22, suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.

Good news.

Jim from Bernie’s Crew takes a look at former Timber Rattler Matt Thornton (’99, ’00) as an option for the Brewers bullpen:

The White Sox are trying to move Thornton because he signed a two-year, $12M contract last season, and the back-end of their bullpen has gotten crowded with Sergio Santos and Chris Sale proving dominant. No need to pay a reliever $6M per year when he is not needed in the eighth or ninth inning. It’s just about finding a dance partner now on the open market.

….

The issue is the asking price. In Olney’s report, he says the White Sox have been trying to move Thornton since July and has found no takers. Either none of the other twenty-nine teams in the league have a use for a mid-90s throwing lefty with four consecutive seasons with a sub-3.00 FIP, or the asking price has universally been deemed too steep. Obviously, the latter is far more likely.

If that asking price comes down a bit, it will be interesting to hear if the Brewers want to get involved in the fray. It would certainly make sense for the organization in terms of what Milwaukee has done in the past and falls in line with their 2012 goals for roster construction.

Jim also includes a note that Johnny Narron, the new Brewers hitting coach, played for the Appleton Foxes in 1975.  He joins third base coach Ed Sedar, an Appleton Fox in ’82, ’83, & ’85, on the staff.

A few Timber Rattlers notes:

The tickets for the 2012 Donald Driver Charity Softball Game went on sale this morning. Here is a link to purchase your tickets for this annual event.

The 2012 Timber Rattlers Calendars arrived today. Somehow, a photo I took was included and is used for the picture in March. You will receive a 2012 calendar for free when you purchase a holiday ticket package.

Prospects, All-Stars, & Arizona Wrap

John Steinberg from the Brewers has this feature about Kentrail Davis, who wrapped up his Arizona Fall League season yesterday, on the John & Cait…Plus Nine blog.

 “For me, it is an honor to be here,” said the 23-year old. “Obviously, the Brewers believe in me and believe in what I can do. I am very happy to have this chance to show everyone a little more of what I can do. It is a good opportunity for me to show the organization that I can hit good pitching and play with the best.”

Davis is 5-9 and weighs 195 pounds; he uses his athleticism and speed at the plate, on the base paths and in the outfield.

“I just go out there and play,” said Davis. “If it is hitting, or stealing a bag, or running a ball down in the outfield, I use that athleticism and my ability to prove I can play.”

The final stats of the former Rattlers on the Peoria Javelinas:

Kentrail Davis (’10): 23 games; .325/.429/.519; HR, 12RBI
Scooter Gennett (’10): 22 games; .411/.470/.556; 2HR, 14RBI
Adam Moore (’06): 15 games; .259/.355/.315; 0HR, 8RBI

Jed Bradley (??): 5 games, 2 starts; 1-0, 6.48ERA; 8.1IP; 4BB, 8K
Santo Manzanillo (’10): 3 games; 0-1, 6.75ERA; 2.2IP; 2BB, K
Daniel Meadows (’09): 10 games; 0-0, 6.57ERA; 12.1IP, 7BB, 5K
Casey Medlen (’11): 8 games; 1-2, 5.84ERA; 12.1IP, 4BB, 12K
Cody Scarpetta (’09): 5 games, 4 starts; 0-3, 19.64ERA; 7.1IP, 13BB, 7K
Tyler Thornburg (’11): 3 games, 1-0, 3.38ERA; 5.1IP, 4BB, 3K

Former Rattlers Nathan Adcock (’09) and Jeremy Jeffress (’10) are with Surprise, one of the teams that will be in the AFL Championship Game on Saturday.

MiLB.com has a list of their top 15 prospects in the Arizona Fall League.  Two of them are Brewers prospects; One gets a writeup:

16. Jed Bradley, LHP, Brewers: The No. 15 overall pick in June’s Draft joined Hultzen in Peoria here and there was a little bit of a split about this southpaw. He might have slightly better pure stuff than Hultzen, but not as much polish. He didn’t pitch much — he had a groin issue early — but he did show hints of the repertoire that made him one of the better college arms in the Draft class.

Scooter comes in at #24, but does not get a writeup.

MiLB.com also put together Brewers Organizational All-Stars for the 2011 minor league season.

Here is the team.  Click through for the full article.  I’ll pull out the extended writeups on the players who spent part or all of 2011 with the Timber Rattlers.

C: Martin Maldonado (’09)
1B: Mat Gamel
2B: Scooter Gennett (’10)
3B: Taylor Green (’09)
SS: Yadiel Rivera (’11)

Shortstop — Yadiel Rivera, Helena (74 games), Wisconsin (32 games): Rivera celebrated his first full year in the Minors with a Pioneer League postseason All-Star selection. Selected in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft, the shortstop hit a combined .236 with nine homers and 43 RBIs over 106 games.

He also smacked 16 doubles, legged out eight triples and scored 53 runs. No shortstop in the system had more homers, triples or RBIs than Rivera, who struggled in his first look at the Midwest League but looked much more comfortable playing rookie ball in the second half.

“He’s got great potential, and he’s playing guys who are two, three and four years older than he is,” said [Reid] Nichols. “He’s still growing. He’s an inch or two taller than he was at the start of spring, and he’s going through some changes with his body that he’s adjusting to. He’s got some leverage in his swing, and he’s at the right place at the right time defensively. The game slows down for him. I think he’ll be average across the board with the bat and above-average defensively.”

Added [Darnell] Coles: “He’s something special — 6-foot-3, maybe 6-foot-4. He may outgrow shortstop. He’s got some kind of easy power. If you watch him take batting practice, he almost swings like [16-year Major League veteran] Wally Joiner. He doesn’t swing very hard, but the ball jumps off his bat. He’s a special talent.”

OF: Brock Kjeldgaard (’09)
OF: Khris Davis (’10)
OF: TJ Mittelstaedt (’11)

T.J. Mittelstaedt, Wisconsin (113 games): After appearing in just 45 games in his rookie season in the Arizona League last year, Mittelstaedt spent all of 2011 in the Class A Midwest League. He hit .293 and drew 76 walks, giving him a .410 on-base percentage that ranked second in the league.

The 23-year-old, who hit in every spot in the lineup, smacked a dozen homers, swiped 28 bases and scored 72 runs. He predominantly manned left field, but he also saw time in right, at second base and as the team’s designated hitter. Completing his utility makeup, Mittelstaedt also pitched in two games, tossing a scoreless inning on each occasion.

“T.J. has done a great job coming in as a guy battling for a position, but he’s shown our organization that he can take pitches, take close pitches, work the count, see a lot of pitches per at-bat and help the guys behind him and the guys in front of him,” Nichols said.

“He’s a fantastic utility guy who swings the bat well,” said Coles. “He puts the ball in play. He’s a headsy player like Willie Bloomquist. He plays every place well, he understands when to bunt and he reads the game well.”

Utility: Hunter Morris (’10)
Utility: Mike Walker (’11)
Utility: Kentrail Davis (’10)

RH Starting Pitcher: Mike Fiers (’09)
LH Starting Pitcher: Dan Merklinger (’09)
Relief Pitcher: Santo Manzanillo (’10)

Baseball America has their list of the top 10 prospects in the Brewers System.  From Tom Haudricourt’s introduction:

Milwaukee didn’t need much help from the minor leagues [in 2011], though third baseman Taylor Green parlayed a big season at Triple-A into a late-August callup and a spot on the postseason roster. After dropping to 30th in Baseball America’s rankings following the Greinke and Marcum deals, the farm system rallied in 2011 and showed some promise for the future.

The Brewers won’t necessarily have openings for them, but Green, outfielders Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl and righthander Michael Fiers have proven themselves in Triple-A and could help at the major league level in 2012. Righthander Wily Peralta, the orgnization’s No. 1 prospect, allowed just seven runs in five Triple-A starts at the end of the season and isn’t far behind.

The list (with Rattlers alumni in bold):
1.  Wily Peralta, rhp
2.  Taylor Jungmann, rhp
3.  Jed Bradley, lhp
4.  Tyler Thornburg, rhp
5.  Scooter Gennett, 2b
6.  Logan Schafer, of
7.  Cody Scarpetta, rhp
8.  Taylor Green, 3b/2b
9.  Jorge Lopez, rhp
10. Jimmy Nelson, rhp

One other news item to pass along in this post.  Baseball America’s Prospect Blog has the players release by Milwaukee in the last week.  There were a few Rattlers on that list.

RHP Dan Britt
RHP Skyler Crawford
RHP Greg Davis
RHP Alex Jones
RHP Jose Oviedo
LHP Charly Bashara
C Doug Elliot
C Steve Felix
OF Robbie Garvey

Scooter Day

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up its regular season today.

The Peoria Javelinas ended their season with a 2-2 tie against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

Scooter Gennett (’10) went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI for Peoria to finish the season at .411/.470/.556 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI.  I’ll touch on how other ex-Rattlers performed in the down in Arizona with a post tomorrow, but today is mostly about Scooter.

Mainly because this post from the Brewers website has about two minutes of a video interview with Scooter.

Then, there is the extended video of the interview on Jonathan Mayo’s blog.  But first, Mayo’s lead-in:

I’ll admit, I tend to like scrappy players who go all out. Guys named Scooter are automatically going to become guys I root for unless something happens to make me feel otherwise.

Then I met Scooter Gennett and the conversation merely confirmed my earlier thought. It’s hard not to like the guy.

Last note today: Adam McCalvy notes (on his twitter account) that Baseball America has released their list of the Top 10 Brewers Prospects for 2012.  Former Timber Rattlers in bold.

1. Wily Peralta
2. Taylor Jungmann
3. Jed Bradley
4. Tyler Thornburg
5. Scooter Gennett
6. Logan Schafer
7. Cody Scarpetta
8. Taylor Green
9. Jorge Lopez
10. Jimmy Nelson

Bucci on Canada; McCalvy on the Dominican

A couple of links on a Thursday morning.

The first is from the Sarnia Observer up in Ontario.

Bucci recalls Canada’s incredible Pan Am gold

Canada came from behind to beat the U.S., 2-1, in the Pan Am final, scoring two late after trailing 1-0 for much of the game.

“It was tense,” said Bucci. “Every out, every strike our pitchers threw was so big.”

He adds the 5,000, or so, Mexican fans were cheering loudly for Canada — even though the Canadians had eliminated Mexico in the semis.

After throwing five shutout innings vs. Taipei in the World Cup, Bucci came up with a forearm strain and the Brewers instructed him not to pitch in the Pan Am Games.

He says his arm feels better now and he’s looking forward to pitching at the ‘AA’ level in 2012.

The second is Adam McCalvy’s blog post about the new Brewers Academy in the Dominican Republic.

 Sneak peek at the Brewers’ new Dominican academy

This new academy will provide the Brewers with all the necessary ingredients to allow their Latin players to take their baseball skills to a new level, putting them in a position to become a big league player some day,” Torres said in a statement provided by the Brewers. “From the meals to the fields, we take care of everything in between so the Brewers scouts and personnel can concentrate on their most important task, which is the development of these players.”

The move represents another step for the Brewers in re-establishing a base in Latin America. For more on that, and some additional photos, check Brewers.com later this morning.

Click that second headline for some pictures of the Academy.

Click this link for what I think of whenever I hear academy.

Brewers system

I can’t top what the guys over at Bernie’s Crew and BrewerFan are doing to report on the minor league system so click those links and enjoy.  Plus, go read the Brew Crew Ball posts on last night’s Brewers win.

Scores only:

MLB: Brewers 9 @Phillies 0

AAA: @New Orleans 6, Nashville 5

AA: @Chattanooga 4, Huntsville 1

High-A: @Brevard County 7, Tampa 0

From Bernie’s Crew:

Prospect of the Day:  RHP Nick Bucci (High-A, Brevard County)

On an evening that featured a rehab start by the Brewers’ ace, Nick Bucci did his best Zack Greinke impression on the mound for the Brevard County Manatees.

Click to see what got Bucci the honor and see who else turned up in the Brevard County boxscore…Not talking about Grienke.

OMG = One More Guy

Jonathan Mayo posted his Top 10 list of Brewers prospects here.  On his blog, Mayo has posted his OMG: Milwaukee Brewers.  No, not a Joey Styles OMG

I am guessing that it stands for One More Guy, who would be #11 on Mayo’s Top 10 list of Brewers Prospects.

Cutter Dykstra

Consider then, 2010, as his coming out party. Dykstra finished second in the organization with his .312 batting average. He also had a .416 on-base percentage while his 27 steals placed him fourth in the system. He got better as the season in the Midwest League wore on, too, hitting .329 with a .443 OBP and 19 steals in the second half of the season. He’s looking more and more like a sparkplug, top-of-the-order type.

Prospect Madness

Bernie’s Crew has a neat little interactive way to learn about and vote for the prospects in the Milwaukee Brewers Minor League system.  I will let Jim tell you what it is all about:

I was watching the Wisconsin Badger basketball team pull out a gritty victory against the suddenly difficult Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday evening, when the thought struck me. Why not do a March Madness type of competition between the prospects and see which prospect is the Bernie’s Crew favorite?

The goal is to have a new head-to-head battle every day, and the winner will be decided by which prospect received the most votes from you folks, the readers. The favorite prospect will move on to the next round and will obviously keep progressing until they do not receive the most votes.

And along the way, I will provide a scouting report and background information on each of the Top 65 Prospects as the tournament progresses.

You may see the brackets for the tournament at the link up top.

Today’s matchups are:

#1 Kyle Heckathorn v. #16 Hitaniel Arias

EDIT: The Heckathorn v. Arias matchup was yesterday.  Heckathtorn has moved on to the next round.

#8 Eric Arnett v. #9 Cody Hawn

Click those votes to see the scouting reports and to vote for the player you want to see move on to the next round.

Rising Stars

The Brewers are taking a concept from the Reds and putting their own stamp on it.

If you recall the beginning of the 2009 season, the Dayton Dragons hosted the Cincinnati Reds in an exhibition game on April 4.  The Reds played an all-star team of Reds prospects.  The Reds won 9-6.

In 2011, the Brewers will be holding a “Rising Stars” Game at Miller Park.  It will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 3:10pm.  Here is a link to the flyer on the Brewers website.  Tickets are $10 and will be on sale starting January 21 at 10am.

Adam McCalvy has a few details:

Time Warner Cable Sports32 will televise the Rising Stars Game, which is presented by West Bend, the Silver Lining. Triple-A Nashville manager Don Money and Class A Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson will each lead a team — Blue vs. Gold.

The Brewers are making it an interactive event. Prospects will take part in an autograph session during batting practice, and some winning fans will get to sit in the dugout with the teams during various innings of the game.  Kids 16 and under will be able to run the bases afterward.

Each team will wear custom designed jerseys. Following the game, the players will autograph their game jersey for a raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the Brewers Community Foundation.

The roster was not announced, but unofficially, the following are scheduled to appear:  Kyle Heckathorn, Kentrail Davis, Hunter Morris, Scooter Gennett, Cody Scarpetta, and Erik Komatsu.

I am hoping to be down there to serve in one capacity or another…or, who knows, maybe just kick back and watch the…no I can’t even finish that sentence.

System All-Stars

MiLB.com has released their list of all-stars for the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system.

The Brewers’ Minor League success in 2010 came from the bottom up — both of Milwaukee’s Rookie-level affiliates, the Helena Brewers and Arizona League Brewers, won championships. Helena posted 14 runs in beating Ogden for the Pioneer League crown and Jason Rogers homered and drove in five runs to lead the AZL Brewers past the Reds.

Click the link for the full list and for their reasoning.  Here are the ex-Rattlers who made the list:

2B: Brett Lawrie
OF: Erik Komatsu
OF: Khris Davis
DH: Chris Dennis
RH Starting Pitcher: Kyle Heckathorn
LH Starting Pitcher: Dan Merklinger

For a brief recap on a possible Rattler for 2011:

Catcher — Tyler Roberts, AZL Brewers (42 games), Helena (1 game): Milwaukee was pretty shallow behind the plate in the Minors, especially after Jonathan LuCroy got called up. Roberts appeared in only 43 games, but he posted solid stats, batting .288 with six homers, 23 RBIs and a .354 on-base percentage in helping the Arizona League affiliate to the title.
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