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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.

Top 20 Prospects in the Pioneer League

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

Torrance Daily Breeze article on Taylor after draft day

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

Here is an interview of McFarland from the Helena Brewers radio broadcast.

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

Austin Statesman blog post on Reed after he was drafted in 2011

1B Adam Giacalone (16th round, 2012, Neosho County [KS] Community College):
’12 stats: 69 games in Helena; .317/.394/.425 3HR, 32RBI, 17 doubles

Neosho County Community College website story on Giacalone after ’12 draft day

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

FoxSportsSouthwest story on Magnifico hitting 100mph

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.

Plan accordingly with this 2013 schedule.

Notes and Links on a Tuesday (9/25/12)

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.

 

There used to be a team store here.

The net is down. The bleachers are out.

Empty front office.


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.

Draft review (1st round) & Day 2 links

I almost titled this post: JUST GO OVER TO BERNIE’S CREW because that is where I am sending you.

Here is Jim’s post on Milwaukee’s two top picks from Monday night.

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.

To follow the draft LIVE! here is the MLB.com draft tracker.

Milwaukee has already taken Pitcher Jorge Lopez from the Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico with the 70th pick of the draft.

Catching up on Rattlers Spring Training action

Click the scores for the full post at BrewerFan.net.  Click the name for the MiLB.com page of each player.

From Tuesday:

The Rattlers lost 8-2 to Great Lakes

Highlights:
Michael Walker: 2-for-3, RBI
Reggie Keen: 2-for-3, 2B, RUN

Starting pitcher:
Charly Bashara: 2.1IP, 3H, 5R, 3BB, 3K

From Wednesday:

The Rattlers beat Lake County 5-4.

Highlights:
Robert Garvey: 2-for-4, 2 RUNS, RBI, HR
Reggie Keen: 2-for-5, 2 RUNS

Starting Pitcher:
Austin Ross: 4.1IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 7K

Timber Rattlers Action in Arizona

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:

Hitters:
Michael Walker: 3-for-3, RBI
Robert Garvey: 2-for-2, RUN

Starting Pitcher:
Eric Arnett: 3IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 4K

Reliever:
Dan Britt: 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K

Rattlers spring training report

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.

Saturday’s game was a 7-6 win over Cedar Rapids.

Nick Shaw: 2-for-3, RUN, RBI
Tyler Roberts: 3-for-4, 2 RUNS, 2RBI, 3B

Starting pitcher:
Matt Miller: 2IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, K

Sunday’s game was a 9-3 loss to Kannapolis.

Greg Hopkins: 2-for-2, RBI

Starting pitcher:
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.

Post for a rainy Sunday

First of all, the Timber Rattlers played their first game of Spring Training on Friday down in Arizona.  That’s not entirely true.  There is no guarantee that the players on this Timber Rattlers roster will be on the roster when the regular season starts…BUT! HEY! TIMBER RATTLERS WIN!

They beat a team of Reds minor leaguers 4-1.  Check out the boxscore at the bottom of this post from the ever present battlekow on BrewerFan.net.

The main numbers:
Cody Hawn: 1-for-3, RBI
Michael Walker: 2-for-3, RUN, RBI

The starting pitcher was Austin Ross.  His line: 4IP, 3H, R, 0ER, 0BB, K

NOTE: I will be down in Arizona from March 24-29.  I will be filing reports each evening on TimberRattlers.com.  Additionally, I will be at the Timber Rattlers games on March 25 (v. Cincinnati), 26 (v. Cleveland), & 27 (@ San Diego).  There is also (probably) an intrasquad game scheduled on March 28.  The plan is to update you live on my twitter account @CMehring during the games.

Also at the link are boxscores of the other Brewers minor league teams.  Check on the progress of former Rattlers players.

A couple of photos on this rainy Sunday:

From the usual spot.
Thumbnail image for Rainy Sunday afternoon 001.JPGAnd from down the third base side there is this to show the last vestiges of the snow.

Rainy Sunday afternoon 002.JPG18 days!  18 DAYS!

Potential Rattlers for 2011

The 2011 Baseball America Prospect Handbook is now on my bookshelf.  I had a few moments to page through the Brewers section yesterday.

So, I took to twitter…yes, I am on twitter…and shared the predictions in the Handbook on where the seven members of the Top 30 list who were in either Helena or Maryvale last year will start 2011.

The whole 140 character thing and the reading in reverse order can make it a bit hard to understand….something that this blog does on a daily basis without those limitations…but anyway.

Also, the Handbook went to print before the trade with the Royals, so there are really only 28 current members of the Brewers organization on the top 30 list.  Now that Jake Odorizzi (#1) and Jeremy Jeffress (#3) are with Kansas City, everyone below moves up either one or two spots.  That math has been taken into account for the rankings of the players below.

Enough with the preliminaries.  Here are the predictions:

#6.) Tyler Thornburg: Will probably begin first pro season with Timber Rattlers, but could make push for Brevard County with good a spring.

#8.) Jimmy Nelson: The Brewers will turn Nelson loose as a starter with Timber Rattlers this year.

#11.) Matt Miller: After a strong pro debut, Miller could jump to Brevard County to begin the 2011 season.

#18.) Cody Hawn: Hawn’s makeup and leadership skills impressed the Brewers, who could jump him to Brevard County for 2011.

#19.) Yadiel Rivera: How much improvement Rivera makes in terms of strength and plate discipline will determine where he starts 2011.

#21.) Tyler Roberts: Roberts should get his first full-season test in 2011 with the Timber Rattlers.

#28.) Austin Ross: Ross should make quick work of the Class A level [Timber Rattlers] in 2011.

Click the links to see the individual MiLB.com pages of each player.  For the entire scouting report…get the Prospect Handbook.

The first Rattler of 2011…unofficially

Remember, the roster for the 2011 team is not set yet.  (Ed. note: Manager Matt Erickson will say as much in 2011′s first edition of The Interrogation Room that will be posted later today at timberrattlers.com.)

However, let’s take a look at this article from the Napa Valley Register.

Ex-NVC star moving up on Milwaukee’s ladder

Tyler Cravy got some good news a couple of weeks ago.

He got a call from Lee Tunnell, the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league pitching coordinator who works in scouting and player development for the organization.

Tunnell was on the phone, informing Cravy that he’ll be assigned to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Class A team based in Appleton that plays in the Midwest League.

“I’m ready for it. I’m excited,” Cravy said Tuesday. “It’s good to move up from where I was last year and the year before.”

Cravy, chosen as the Bay Valley Conference’s Player of the Year for Napa Valley College in 2009, will be starting his third year of professional baseball when he reports to spring training on March 9 in Maryvale, Ariz. He pitched for the Arizona Brewers in the Arizona Rookie League in 2009 and spent last year with Helena, Mont., which won the Pioneer League title.

The goal, he said, is to stay healthy, continue to improve, get stronger and throw even better.

“It’s going to be my first full-length season,” said Cravy, who was named to the Community College Baseball All-America team as a pitcher-position player for Napa Valley. “I feel good. I’m real excited to be there.”

“I feel I’ve gotten a lot better the past two years — my velocity’s gone up, the control’s gotten better,” said Cravy, 21, who makes his home on Mare island in Vallejo. “I figure if I keep on moving up every year, then hopefully I’m in the bigs before I’m 27 or 28.”

Cravy was a 17th round pick in the 2009 draft.  He pitched in the Arizona League in 2009 and in Helena (Pioneer League) last year.  Cravy appeared in 15 games and made 12 starts for Helena during the 2010 regular season.  He also won the decisive Game Three of the first round playoff series against Great Falls in the 2010 Pioneer League playoffs.

It is noted in the story that his fastball has been clocked at 96mph.  Someone to watch…if the Brewers send him here.

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