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Baseball America released their Top Ten list of 2016 Milwaukee Brewers Prospects yesterday.
1. Orlando Arcia, ss
2. Jorge Lopez, rhp
3. Trent Clark, of
4. Brett Phillips, of
5. Gilbert Lara, ss
6. Kodi Medeiros, lhp
7. Tyrone Taylor, of
8. Clint Coulter, of
9. Cody Ponce, rhp
10. Devin Williams, rhp
Seven of the ten played for the Timber Rattlers. Two of the remaining three players (Trent Clark and Gilbert Lara) on that list could be Timber Rattlers at some point during the 2016 season.
Since the majority of the information on the players is behind the BA paywall, I will limit what I share here to Clark, Lara, and the three players (Medeiros, Ponce, and Williams) who were Rattlers during 2015.
The Brewers were surprised to find Clark available at No. 15 in the 2015 draft. They ponied up $2.7 million, the second-highest bonus in club history, to sign him away from Texas Tech. Clark ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Rookie-level Arizona League…He is polished and mature for his age, showing bat speed, a real understanding of hitting and leadership skills. He understands the strike zone and is tough to whiff. At times, he can be too patient, but he became more aggressive as his debut progressed. Clark hit just two homers in 2015 but should develop power as he matures and gains experience…A potential five-tool talent, Clark looked so smooth in a 12-game trial at Rookie-level Helena that he probably will head to low Class A Wisconsin at the outset of 2016.
The Brewers dedicat[ed] their entire international budget to sign Lara for $3.1 million in July 2014. He made a big impression in instructional league after signing…He has tremendous power potential if he can keep his swing quick and direct, but he hit only one home run in the AZL. Lara also must improve his plate discipline after recording a lopsided walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has no real speed on the bases and is not a threat to steal. Given Lara’s tall, physical build, scouts have pegged him as a future third baseman…Given that Lara faded down the stretch in the AZL, the Brewers might push him only to Rookie-level Helena in 2016. That would require spending time in extended spring training.
The Brewers gambled that he could handle the jump to low Class A Wisconsin in 2015, and they were right. Medeiros struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings and allowed Midwest League opponents to hit just .228, though he pitched just 33 innings in the second half as the Brewers regulated his workload…Many clubs believed that Medeiros would profile as a reliever because of his low arm slot. The Brewers believe his ability to induce groundball contact will keep him alive as a mid-rotation candidate, and he’s ready for high Class A Brevard County in 2016.
Ponce rocketed up draft boards in 2015, when the NCAA Division II Cal Poly Pomona junior ranked as one of the top college arms in his class…Because he pitched well in his debut, Ponce probably will begin 2016 at high Class A Brevard County. Some scouts consider him bullpen material, but the Brewers believe his repertoire and competitiveness will allow him to stay in the rotation.
[Williams] improved as the season progressed and pitched to a 3.31 ERA in 14 second-half appearances, recording a 57-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52 innings…could be just a few small tweaks away from a breakthrough. He seems destined to begin 2016 at high Class A Brevard County as he reaches for a ceiling of mid-rotation starter.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel did a chat with BA subscribers yesterday, too. The chat is also behind the paywall, but here are a few bits that I can share.
@Jaypers413 (IL): Do you think the Brewers got a potential steal in [Demi] Orimoloye? Also, do you believe he’s ready for full season ball?
Tom Haudricourt: I indeed think Orimoloye was a steal in the draft. His tools are unbelievable. You don’t see that many guys that big who are so athletic. I’m guessing the Brewers will give him a shot at low Class A Wisconsin next year and if he can’t handle it, he can drop back to Helena as Monte Harrison and Jake Gatewood did last season.
Phil (Milwaukee): Any update on Monte Harrison’s rehab? Any reason not to expect him 100% for spring training?
Tom Haudricourt: Harrison’s injury indeed was a bad one but barring setbacks he is expected to be ready to play in the spring. Speed is a big part of his game, so we’ll see how compromised he is upon his return. The good thing is he still has youth and athleticism on his side.
EdgarDiazRocks (Seattle): Any idea how player development will change under the new regime? I would guess that the aggressive level starts of players like Gatewood and Harrison would be a thing of the past.
Tom Haudricourt: I’m not so sure of that. I think it’s OK to take chances on high-reward players at times as long as you think they can handle struggles mentally. It’s not for everybody. You go case by case. Look at Trent Clark. He handled low rookie ball so well he was moved to high rookie ball. He showed he could handle it.
Spencer (Tosa, WI): I’m wondering if Ponce could fly through the minors as he is an “older” prospect and flourished in Low A already last year. What do you think Tom?
Tom Haudricourt: Good chance of it happening. That’s why he is ranked so high. Took an immediate liking to pro ball? Has the big body and big arm to move through the system. The Brewers think he was a steal in the second round.
Larry (Vault 857): What type of power can we expect from Trent Clark? Will his golf style grip limit him to below average power?
Tom Haudricourt: I think it’s too soon to know because high school hitters, even advanced ones like Clark, often take time to develop their power. That may not be a big part of his game but he does everything else so well, that shouldn’t limit him.
Teddy (Granville): Hey tom, I live near Low a Wisconsin, and it seemed like a lot of there good players graduated, any players I should look forward to seeing next year
Tom Haudricourt: Well, look for Gatewood and Harrison to come back after starting there last year and then going down to Helena. I’m guessing you’ll see Trent Clark, Gilbert Lara, Marcos Diplan and Demi Orimoloye either at the start of the season or shortly thereafter. That’s four young studs right there. Cody Ponce might be past that stage. So, you should see plenty to top prospects at Class A Wisconsin next year, for sure.
Check out the Mehring in Arizona column over on the main website for details on the action today in Minor League camp.
For the blog content: I had an opportunity to interview Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson after the game today. Click to hear it as we discuss….stuff:
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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.
BEST ATHLETE: Harrison
MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Medeiros and RHP Cy Sneed (3)
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.
BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Woodruff
The city of Appleton finished 5th in all of MiLB cities as one of America’s Best Minor League Baseball Towns.
GRAND CHUTE, WI – SmartAsset.com 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 SmartAsset.com 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 StadiumJourney.com; 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
Cip Garcia (’02, ’03) – 36
Pat Bailey (’87) – 50
Baseball America has started to list their Top 20 Prospects for each of the leagues in MiLB.
The Brewers prospects listed so far are:
RHP Devin Williams
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.
Baseball America unveiled their list of Top 20 Prospects in the Pioneer League on Thursday.
No Brewers prospects made the list.
Bubba Brown, who wrote the list, did handle a question about that in the Subscriber Only Chat:
Allan (Wi): Bubba, were there any prospects from the Helena Brewers worth a mention?
Bubba Brown: Really, the best prospect from Helena was Tyrone Taylor, who only played in 10 games. He’s a toolsy 2nd-rounder, who would have certainly made this list if he had qualified. Other Helena prospects who got serious consideration were Christopher McFarland, Michael Reed, Adam Giacalone and Damien Magnifico.
I would guess that there is a good opportunity that all of those players mentioned will be in a Timber Rattlers uniform at some point in 2013.
Click on the names for the MiLB.com pages of each player, but here are a few things about each:
Tyrone Taylor (2nd round, 2012, Torrance [CA] High School):
’12 stats: 18 games between Maryvale & Helena, .387/.434/.667 2HR, 11RBI 6 stolen bases
Taylor, the Daily Breeze Player of the Year in baseball last season as a junior, returned and had a big senior year in both football and baseball for Torrance.
Taylor, a speedy center fielder, hit .488 with four home runs, 29 RBIs and 28 runs scored this season while often being pitched around.
He also led the Torrance football team to a CIF Southern Section semifinal, rushing for 1,521 yards and 20 touchdowns and tallying 425 yards receiving with 11 additional scores.
The 6-foot, 185-pound two-sport star was on the radar of several professional teams, but the Brewers snatched him up.
2B Chris McFarland (18th round, 2011, Lufkin [TX] High School):
’12 stats: 72 games in Helena, .301/.358/.433 6HR, 42RBI, 15 stolen bases
OF Michael Reed (5th round, 2011, Leander [TX] High School):
’12 stats: 62 games between Helena, Huntsville, & Brevard County; .243/.341/.289, 1HR, 20RBI, 14SB
1B Adam Giacalone (16th round, 2012, Neosho County [KS] Community College):
’12 stats: 69 games in Helena; .317/.394/.425 3HR, 32RBI, 17 doubles
First baseman Adam Giacalone was selected in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 515 pick overall. As a freshman he hit .396 while leading the nation with 102 RBIs and finishing with 18 homeruns. During his sophomore campaign, he picked up where he left off once again hitting .396 with a team leading 12 homeruns, 25 doubles, and 59 RBIs. Giacalone also had an impressive career on the mound for the Panthers as his 18 wins and 179.0 innings pitched are also school records. Giacalone also threw two of the most dominant games in school history. As a freshman he set the single game record for strikeouts when he fanned 17 Fort Scott hitters in a win. He topped that performance as a sophomore when he threw the fifth no-hitter in school history facing only one over the minimum. Giacalone currently owns 12 single season or career records. He was twice named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference First Baseman and Pitcher, First Team All-Region First Baseman, Second Team All-Region Pitcher. As a freshman he was also named the Freshman of the Year as well as being named a First Team All-American, an honor which he is expected to earn again this season. Giacalone signed a letter of intent in the fall with the University of Tennessee.
RHP Damien Magnifico (5th round, 2012, Oklahoma University):
’12 stats with Helena: 9 games, 1 start, 0-3, 5.82; 21.1IP, 15BBs, 25K, OPP AVG = .250
He throws 100 mph. But Magnifico’s greatest trick is the fact he has accomplished the feat over and over.
“My mentality is pitching, not just throwing,” Magnifico said.
Few things in baseball get people buzzing more than the home run, but throwing, pitching or speeding at triple digits does. It brings out scouts armed with the lie detector called a radar gun and creates self-inflicted, hand-to-the-side-of-the-face slaps when the numbers hit the scoreboard like it did in early April when Magnfico touched 100 or faster more 22 times in his start against Arkansas.
Can’t wait to see these guys in Wisconsin.
There are not a lot of opposing players fans may see at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities stadium in 2013. Billings, the Reds Pioneer league affiliate, has six players on the list. However, Dayton, the Reds Midwest League affiliate, does not come to Wisconsin in the 2013 regular season.
There are two Dodgers players (#4 shortstop Corey Seager & #15 RHP Ross Stripling), two Angels players (#9 RHP Mark Sappington & #19 shortstop Wendell Soto), and one Diamondbacks player (#7 catcher Michael Perez) on the list. Great Lakes (Dodgers), Burlington (Angels), and South Bend (Diamondbacks) all visit the Timber Rattlers next year.
One more step in the affiliation shuffle was taken Monday afternoon.
The Quad Cities River Bandits are now partners with the Houston Astros.
The deal not only renews a previous relationship — the River Bandits were a Houston affiliate from 1993-98 — but it also marks a return to the Midwest League for the Astros, whose low Class A affiliate for the past 10 seasons has been Lexington, Ky., in the South Atlantic League.
The Astros were last in the Midwest League as the parent club of the Michigan Battle Cats in 2002.
The Bandits may be tough next season.
In the past year, the Astros’ minor-league staff and players engineered a turnaround of 205 wins among its minor-league affiliates. The organization went from ranking last in win percentage among baseball’s 30 organizations in 2011 to ranking first this season with a .546 winning percentage.
Three Houston clubs reached postseason play, including the short-season Tri-City team which will feed the 2013 Quad-Cities roster with talent after finishing 51-25 and winning its division in the New York-Penn League.
“We’ve had not only an influx of talent, but a change of mindset,’’ Nelson said. “Jeff Luhnow has a proven track record of successful drafts, successful teams and there is an idea that winning and development go hand in hand.’’
Other moves that have been made:
The Cubs left Peoria for Kane County. (Game Changer apparently)
The Royals have left the Midwest League for Lexington in the South Atlantic League through at least 2016.
The Cardinals left Quad Cities for Peoria
The Twins left Beloit for Cedar Rapids
The Padres and TinCaps renewed for another two seasons
As of this morning the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are still without affiliates. Beloit and Burlington as still without parent clubs.
Will the A’s wind up back in Burlington after letting the Bees know that they wanted to take a look around and see what else was out there?
Will the Angels head to Beloit?
TUNE IN TOMORROW! <organ music plays>
Beloit has had Midwest League baseball since 1982. This article from last Thursday after they lost the Twins to Cedar Rapids is filled with hope and realism.
The ever-optimistic [team chairman Dennis] Conerton sees the affiliation change as an opportunity for development, and something that could potentially spur activity down the road.
“One thing where this could be beneficial is that maybe now some people will see that what the Snappers have been trying to do for the last eight years or so is something that we need to pay a little more attention to,” he said. “But when you see an affiliate leave for facilities that are better, you do start to wonder when the Player Development Agreement is up in 2020 will the standards change at all, and if we were to continue with Minor League Baseball in the Beloit community.”
Jumping back to the Royals for a moment, former Rattler Jake Odorizzi made his MLB debut on Sunday in Kansas City’s 15-4 loss to the Indians. Jake allowed three of those runs in 5-1/3 innings.
Consider Jake Odorizzi’s Major League debut a success.
He didn’t win the game — the Cleveland Indians wound up with a 15-4 victory over Kansas City on a lovely Sunday afternoon — but the 22-year-old Royals right-hander pitched superbly for five innings before giving up three runs in the sixth.
“I think he did an outstanding job for his first start,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
As the Royals’ top-ranked pitching prospect according to MLB.com, Odorizzi gave the 22,960 fans at Kauffman Stadium reason to anticipate the good that he might do for the club in the future. When he left the mound during the sixth inning, they gave him a standing ovation.
“It was pretty moving, just to hear the cheers,” Odorizzi said. “They were very accepting of me and it was great to get that on the way out. Especially on the first day, it made it just that much more special.”
Former Rattler Adam Moore (’06) hit a homer in that game. He caught Odorizzi in AAA at Omaha.
Odorizzi’s start on Sunday ran the total of former Rattlers to make their MLB debuts in 2012 to eight.
Phillippe Aumont – August 23
Juan Diaz – May 25
Jim Henderson – July 26
Erik Komatsu – April 6
Jake Odorizzi – September 23
Wily Peralta – April 22
Tyler Thornburg – June 19
Carlos Triunfel – September 7
In the Timber Rattlers Era – aka. Since 1995 – that would make 83 former Timber Rattlers who have made it to the major leagues.
A possible future Rattler is Clint Coulter. The Brewers took the high school catcher with the 27th pick of the 2012 draft. Baseball America has begun publishing their list of Top 20 prospects in each minor league. BA placed Coulter at #10 on their list of prospects in the Arizona League.
His scouting report is behind the subscriber wall. Long story short: Offense good. Defense needs work.
Want to work with me?
Well, that’s not completely true. Want to work where I do and not deal with me in any possible way?
Here are a few opportunities.
The Rattlers are taking applications for interns for the 2013 season. I am told that the ability to start in January would be much appreciated.
Also, construction is underway on the renovations to Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium. One of the pieces of that renovation is the club level with the banquet facility. The team is looking for a Banquet Facility Sales Manager and an Executive Chef. Follow this link for details on those positions.
Speaking of construction, I will leave you with a few photos from last Wednesday when I took a brief tour stadium.
We shot a video tour on the day I took those pictures. The video hould be up tomorrow – with a cool PROG ROCK SUPERGROUP soundtrack!! YES! The plan is to post a construction video every week.
I almost titled this post: JUST GO OVER TO BERNIE’S CREW because that is where I am sending you.
Brief Scouting Reports. Click the link for the full deal:
RHP Taylor Jungmann
The right-hander is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the NCAA. He compiled a 0.95 ERA prior to the postseason and was the undisputed ace on a very talented University of Texas pitching staff.
At 6-foot-6, Jungmann gets very good downhill movement on his pitches. His fastball sits 91-93 MPH and can touch higher. He works it down in the strike zone very well and generates a good amount of groundballs. That plus-fastball is complemented by a very good curveball that has defined, two-plane break and a changeup that has reportedly improved throughout the spring.
LHP Jed Bradley
Milwaukee drafted a 6-foot-4 lefty to pair with Jungmann in this draft class, and Bradley is also considered one of the more advanced and safe pitchers in the draft. Unlike Jungmann, however, Bradley put up disappointing numbers for much of his collegiate career and has only come on the scene recently.
He improved dramatically over the past year — especially in Cape Cod — and posted a 3.49 ERA with Georgia Tech. This includes a 9.73 K/9 strikeout rate and a 2.85 BB/9 walk rate. His fastball sits comfortably in the 91-94 MPH range and has reportedly touched 97 MPH. Bradley maintains his velocity deep into games due to his big frame and even has a bit of projection left in him.
And Day Two has begun. Here is the Bernie’s Crew thread for the day.
Milwaukee has already taken Pitcher Jorge Lopez from the Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico with the 70th pick of the draft.
Click the scores for the full post at BrewerFan.net. Click the name for the MiLB.com page of each player.
Charly Bashara: 2.1IP, 3H, 5R, 3BB, 3K
Austin Ross: 4.1IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 7K
On Monday, the Rattlers lost 3-2 to Dayton on Monday. Boxscore is here at BrewerFan.net (along with the other minor league games). You will see other games in the Brewers minot league system and notice Kentrail Davis & Khris Davis had good games for Brevard County.
When you see the Wisconsin and Brevard games, keep in mind that they were apparently just five innings.
Highlights for the Rattlers:
Eric Arnett: 3IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 4K
Dan Britt: 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
The very helpful Mass Haas of BrewerFan.net has the most recent boxscores from minor league Spring Training down in Arizona.
Click the links to see the Brewers minor league boxscores from the games on each day. Scroll down to see the Rattlers games. You may recognize some names playing at the higher levels of the system right now.
The individual players in this post are potential Rattlers for 2011. The link takes you to the MiLB.com page.
Matt Miller: 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, K
Greg Hopkins: 2-for-2, RBI
Jimmy Nelson: 3IP, 2H, R, 2BB, K
Just a reminder that I’ll be down in Arizona and providing live updates on twitter during Rattlers Spring Training games from March 25-28. You can follow me @CMehring.