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Top 20 in the MWL – October 1, 2014

Keep your eyes on this link to Baseball America.  They should be announcing the Top 20 Prospects in the Midwest League soon.  Since the team has a subscription to the print magazine, I can see the list before it’s on the web…which is so….odd.

Only one Timber Rattler made the list:

Clint Coulter #7 on BA list. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

Clint Coulter #7 on BA list. Photo Credit: Ann Mollica

#7 Clint Coulter.  The partial scouting report from the magazine.

While Coulter does have a great batting-eye, his swing isn’t picture-perfect, as it involves a large load and a powerful cut that makes it hard to always control the barrel.  That leads to swings and misses on pitches in the zone, but when he does connect, Coulter drives the ball.

Peoria pitcher Alex Reyes was #1 in the MWL.  The full list and capsules on each of the players on the list should be at the link later.

I would have thought that Taylor Williams might have made the list, but it’s tough in a 16-team league.

In last night’s AL Wild Card game, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings.  Former Timber Rattler Lorenzo Cain drove in a pair of runs last night, including the first run of Kansas City’s comeback in the eighth inning:

Today is the first day of the season review of Timber Rattlers in MLB during the 2014 season. Here’s a quick look at the former Rattlers….and one former Fox who spent time in the AL West this year:

Angels:
Raul Ibanez (’94): 57 games, .157/.258/.265, 3HR, 21RBI

That was hit number 2,000 for Ibanez in his MLB career.

Mariners:
Michael Saunders (’06): 78 games, .273/.341/.450, 8HR, 34RBI

Rangers:
Shin-Soo Choo (’01, ’02):
123 games, .242/.340/.374, 13HR, 40RBI
One of his hits this season was #1,000 in his career:


Rangers:
Nate Adcock (’07, ’08):
7 games, 0-0, 4.50ERA, 10.0IP, 5BB, 9K

Rangers:
Ryan Feierabend (’02):
6 games, 0-0, 6.14ERA, 7.1IP, 2BB, 4K

Athletics:
Eric O’Flaherty (’04, ’05): 21 games, 1-0, 1 save, 2.25ERA, 20IP, 4BB, 15K
The save was the first of his MLB career.

Mariners:
Felix Hernandez (’03): 34 games, 34 starts, 15-6, 2.14ERA, 236IP, 46BB, 248K.

Take a bow, King Felix!

Alumni Birthdays:
Erik Komatsu (’09) – 27
Tom Johnson (’87) – 49

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Erik Komatsu as a Timber Rattler in 2009. Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Playoff Rooting Interest – September 29, 2014

The MLB Playoffs start with the Wild Card games on Monday and Tuesday.  If you are looking for a team to cheer this postseason, here’s a look at the teams with Timber Rattlers alumni.  Based on Numbers…Go, Royals!  Go, Nationals!

These are the players who were on the 40-man rosters of the teams that made the playoffs.

American League:

Baltimore Orioles:
Pitcher Chris Tillman (’07)
Outfielder Adam Jones (’04)

Adam Jones 2004

Detroit Tigers:
Coach Darnell Coles (Rover w/ Milwaukee)

Kansas City Royals:
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain (’09)
Outfielder Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94)
Outfielder Carlos Peguero (’07)
Coach Mike Jirschele (Foxes Coach ’90 & ’91)ibanez94

Los Angeles Angels:
None

Oakland Athletics:
Eric O’Flaherty (’04, ’05)

National League:

Los Angeles Dodgers:
None

Pittsburgh Pirates:
None

St. Louis Cardinals:
None

San Francisco Giants:
None

Washington Nationals:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05)
Rafael Soriano (’00)
Matt Thornton (’99, ’00)

Chris Tillman will get the start for the Orioles in game one of the ALDS against Max Scherzer and the Tigers.

The O’s ace and Game 1 starter, Chris Tillman, isn’t quite as well known as Scherzer (and, to date, nobody’s offered him a $144 million contract), but when it comes to execution, Tillman was second to none down the stretch for an Orioles team putting the finishing touches on its first AL East crown in 17 years.

Tillman had a 4.11 ERA at the All-Star break, and he went through a nearly two-month stretch — from May 11 to July 2 — in which he walked more batters (30) than he struck out (27).

Look at Tillman’s second-half performance, though: a 6-1 record, a 2.33 ERA, a .218 opponents’ average and 76 strikeouts against just 18 walks in 89 innings across 14 starts. The O’s went 11-3 in those 14 games.

Two years ago, when the Orioles made their run to an AL Wild Card spot and wound up pushing the Yankees to the brink of elimination in the AL Division Series, Tillman didn’t log a single postseason inning. Showalter opted to give veteran Joe Saunders the ball over Tillman in Game 4.

Now, Tillman is the obvious choice of tone setter for this series.


Alumni Birthdays:
September 28:

Adonis Harrison (’96, ’97) – 38
Rob Harmon (’07, ’08) – 31

September 29:
Cirillo Cruz (’97) – 39
Jermaine Clark (’98) – 38
Jeffrey Gilmore (’06) – 31
Tyler Thornburg (’11) – 26
Photo Credit: Ann Molica

Projects – September 17, 2014

Making holes (aka Aerating) in the outfield:

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Patching holes in the parking lot:

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Preparing to Paint on the concourse:

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Congratulations to former Appleton Foxes manager Brian Poldberg and the Omaha StormChasers on their win over Pawtucket in the Triple-A Championship game.

That’s a home run by Brett Hayes to break a 2-2 tie.  More at the link up top.

Look for some dominoes to fall in the MWL Affiliation Shuffle today. As of now, Kane County, South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Beloit are at the end of their contracts.  There won’t be any new teams from the South Atlantic League because everything is set over there now.

Timber Rattlers Alumni Birthdays for September 17:
Teodoro Medrano (1996) – 39
Cheyne Hann (2008) – 30
Victor Roache (2013) – 23

Timber Rattlers MLB Debut for September 17:
Adam Moore (2006) – September 17, 2009

Moore was the starting catcher for the Mariners in a game against the Chicago White Sox.   He went 0-for-5 and Kenji Johjima pinch hit for Moore with a runner at first in the bottom of the 14th.  Johjima was hit by a pitch and Ichiro knocked in the winning run as the next batter.

Speaking of Timber Rattlers alumni…It’s time to take a look at home some former Rattlers outside the Brewers system did this year.  Today it’s a look at the players from Double-A and below:

AA (Team/Parent Club/League):
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (New Hampshire/Blue Jays/Eastern):
17 games, 12 starts; 6-4, SAVE, 3.16ERA; 74IP, 12BB, 57K

JC Ramirez (Akron/Indians/Eastern):
10 games, 1-0, SAVE, 2.08ERA, 13IP, 8BB, 14K

RJ Seidel (Tulsa/Rockies/Texas):
5 games, 1 start, 0-1, 6.57ERA, 12.1IP, 6BB, 9K

Fabian Williamson (Pensacola/Reds/Southern):
50 games, 2-6, SAVE, 4.03ERA, 58IP, 28BB, 66K

Daniel Carrol (Mississippi/Braves/Southern):
19 games, .149/.317/.149, 0HR, 3RBI

Cutter Dykstra (Harrisburg/Nationals/Eastern):
96 games, .274/.349/.391, 6HR, 49RBI

Mitch Haniger (Mobile/Diamondbacks/Southern):
8 games, .333/.433/.458; 0HR, 5RBI

Erik Komatsu (Arkansas/Angels/Texas):
20 games, .179/.266/.339, 2HR, 5RBI

Bryan LaHair (Akron/Indians/Eastern):
101 games, .234/.324/.332, 5HR, 60 RBI

Alex Liddi (Chattanooga/Dodgers/Southern):
36 games, .216/.303/.336, 2HR, 22RBI

Joel Pineiro (Tennessee/Cubs/Southern):
4 games, 4 starts, 0-1, 4.43ERA, 22.1IP, 4BB, 10K

A-Advanced:
Daniel Carrol (Lynchburg/Braves/Carolina):
63 games, .201/.319/.307, 3HR, 18RBI

Robbie Garvey (Rancho Cucamonga/Dodgers/California):
114 games, .229/.290/.361, 7HR, 45RBI

Ryan Gibbard (Modesto/Rockies/California):
9 games, 9 starts, 0-5, 6.44ERA, 36.1IP, 26BB, 20K

Efrain Nieves (Dunedin/Blue Jays/Florida State):
44 games, 4 starts, 3-5, SAVE, 86.1IP, 21BB, 57K

Cody Scarpetta (Lynchburg/Braves/Carolina):
12 games, 11 starts, 3-6, 4.50ERA, 58IP, 29BB, 52K

Other:
Anthony Banda (South Bend/Diamondbacks/Midwest):
6 games, 6 starts, 3-0, 1.54ERA, 35IP, 7BB, 34K

Daniel Carroll (Rome/Braves/South Atlantic):
10 games, .342/.409/.447, 0HR, 6RBI

Cutter Dykstra (Auburn/Blue Jays/New York-Penn):
5 games, .389/.500/.556, HR, 3RBI

Reminders – September 16, 2014

The Pick-A-Seat event will be one week from today.  It will be held from 4pm to 9pm at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  There is a Rummage Sale, too.

Here is the 2015 Timber Rattlers schedule:  2015 Timber Rattlers Schedule

In case you missed it, here is Clint Coulter on Fox Sports Wisconsin from the September 13 game at Miller Park.  There is some news in there:

As mentioned, Coulter will be participating in the advanced instructional league.  @BrewersPD has the Brewers minor league players that will be participating:

 

@BrewersPD also had the players that will be in the Brewers Instructional League:

There is one more MiLB game left in the season. The Triple-A Championship Game is being held tonight at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina. International League Champion Pawtucket will face Pacific Coast League Champion Omaha. The game will be shown on NBC Sports Network starting at 6pm CDT. MiLB.com has a preview article here.

If you are looking for a rooting interest in this game, Carlos Peguero – a Timber Rattlers outfielder in 2009 – led Omaha with 30 home runs.  But, he is up with the Royals now and won’t be with Omaha tonight.

photo by Wm. Glasheen
BUT, Brian Poldberg is the manager at Omaha.  Poldberg was a coach of the Appleton Foxes in 1987 and the manager of the Foxes from 1988 through 1989.

1989PoldbergGo, StormChasers!

No alumni birthdays today.  But, there is one anniversary of an MLB debut for September 16:

Shawn Estes, a first round pick of the Seattle Mariners in 1991, was a Timber Rattler in 1995.  He also spent all of 1993 and part of 1994 in Appleton as a member of the Foxes.

Shawn Estes as an Appleton Fox in 1993.

Shawn Estes as an Appleton Fox in 1993.

The Mariners traded Estes – along with Wilson Delgado, another Timber Rattler – to the San Francisco Giants for Salomon Torres on May 21, 1995.  Estes made his MLB debut with the Giants on September 16, 1995.

Estes made the start at Pittsburgh on that date and took the loss.  He allowed five runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5-1/3 innings pitched.  Estes had a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth inning, but gave up the tying run before leaving with the bases loaded.  All three runners he left on base would eventually score against the San Francisco bullpen.

Former Timber Rattlers pitching coach Chris Hook came on in relief later in that game for the Giants, too.

Sad news

The 1964 MWL Champion Fox Cities Foxes. Dave May is in the top row, second from the left.

Former Fox Cities Foxes outfielder Dave May passed away last weekend.

The New Castle [Delaware] native and William Penn High graduate who played 12 seasons of major league baseball died Saturday. May, who was living in Bear, had been battling cancer.

But before he departed, sons Dave Jr., now a Toronto Blue Jays pro scout, and Derrick, the St. Louis Cardinals minor league hitting coordinator, marveled at the outpouring of affection that accompanied his final days.

“The last week he got so many phone calls,” said Derrick, who played 10 major league seasons himself. “I never realized how many people he’s impacted, not only around here but people in baseball. Dusty Baker called and Cito Gaston, Willie Horton, Ralph Garr and all these people called just to help him out. He and Johnny Briggs were best friends for 40 years.”

May spent part of the 1963 season and all of the 1964 season in Appleton with the Foxes.  At the time, Fox Cities was affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles.

May had an amazing season with the Foxes in 1964 to help them win their first Midwest League Championship.  He led the Midwest League in hitting with an average of .368.  That average is still an Appleton Professional Baseball record.  He also hit 14 homers, drove in 74 runs, stole 36 bases, and had an OPS of 1.004 in 518 plate appearances over 122 games.

It should not be a surprise that May was named the MVP of the Foxes in 1964

In the one game playoff against the Clinton C-Sox in 1964, May went 3-5 and scored a pair of runs in an 8-5 Foxes win.  Flashback Friday covered the 1964 Championship Game in Clinton last November.

The Milwaukee Brewers picked up May in a trade during the 1970 season and he was an early star on those Milwaukee teams.  May was an American League All-Star in 1973 with the Milwaukee Brewers. 

He was traded to Atlanta after the 1974 season for Hank Aaron and spent a few years in Atlanta.  May would go on to Texas and return to the Brewers for a brief time in 1978.  Here are his Baseball Reference pages: Majors | Minors.

He was a fun player to cheer for on those early Brewers teams.  So was his friend Johnny Briggs:

“He was a good guy, a good friend, somebody you could talk to about anything,” said Briggs, now 68 and living in his hometown of Paterson, N.J. “He didn’t like arguing. I didn’t like arguing. He had a great attitude. He was never the type of guy who was patting himself on the back all the time. Guys liked him because of who he was. He performed on the field and he patted everybody on the back.”

After his playing career, May coordinated officials for New Castle County Parks and Recreation’s sports leagues and also worked for House of Flowers doing arrangements and deliveries. But he could often be found watching a youth baseball game, standing along a fence, regaling in conversation.

Sympathies to his family and if they happen to read this, Dave May is remembered fondly in Appleton.

Thanks to Brew Crew Ball for sharing this news in Tuesday’s Frosty Mug or I would have missed this.

Alumni in MLB for 2011

The 2011 Major League season is in the books.  Has been for a while. But, it took me a little while to pull this post together for the blog.

There were 39 players with ties to Appleton professional baseball to appear in at least one MLB game during the 2011 season.  That would be 36 former Timber Rattlers and three former Appleton Foxes.

Below, you will find the player, the team for which they played, and the last year that they spent in Appleton.  Click the name and you will be taken to that players MLB.com page.  At that page you will see the stats for that player.  Most of those players have a few video highlights at the bottom of their picture.  Make sure to click on the more video link and you’ll get just about every mlb highlight for that player all season long.  (There are a lot of those for Asdrubal Cabrera, by the way).

A couple of other notes:
Nine former Rattlers made their MLB debut in 2011.
Three former Rattlers are up for the Roberto Clemente Award.  Felix Hernandez, Adam Jones, & David Ortiz

Timber Rattlers Alumni in MLB for 2011:
(Blue = Made MLB debut in 2011)

Hitters:
Baltimore:
Adam Jones (’04)

Boston:
David Ortiz (’96)

Cleveland:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05)
Shin-Soo Choo (’02)
Luis Valbuena (’06)

Kansas City:
Lorenzo Cain (’09)

Minnesota:
Rene Rivera (’03)
New York (AL):
Alex Rodriguez (Foxes, ’94)

Seattle:
Greg Halman (’07)
Alex Liddi (’08)
Adam Moore (’06)
Carlos Peguero (’07)
Michael Saunders (’06)
Mike Wilson (’05)

Toronto:
Brett Lawrie (’09)

Chicago (NL):
Bryan LaHair (’04)

Florida:
Greg Dobbs (’02)

Milwaukee:
Taylor Green
(’09)
Martin Maldonado
(’09)

Philadelphia:
Raul Ibanez (Foxes, ’94)

San Diego:
Rob Johnson (’05)

Pitchers:

Baltimore:
Chris Tillman (’07)

Boston:
Scott Atchison (’99)

Chicago (AL):
Matt Thornton (’00)

Kansas City:
Nathan Adcock
(’08)
Jeremy Jeffress (’10)

Los Angeles (AL):
Joel Pineiro (’98)

New York (AL):
Rafael Soriano (’00)

Oakland:
Brian Fuentes (’97)

Seattle:
Felix Hernandez (’03)
Caesar Jimenez (’03)
Shawn Kelley (’08)
Michael Pineda
(’08)

Texas:
Mark Lowe (’05)

Arizona:
JJ Putz (’00)

Atlanta:
Eric O’Flaherty (’05)
Anthony Varvaro (’07)

Milwaukee:
Michael Fiers (’09)

St. Louis:
Ryan Franklin (Foxes, ’94)

Later this week, I should have posts up about alumni who reached Triple-A and Double-A in 2011.

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