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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.

Current All-Star. Future Rattler?

TOPPS released their 2010 All-Stars for the Short-Season/Rookie League classifications yesterday on MiLB.com.

A member of the Helena Brewers was on the list.

Cody Hawn, 22, of Knoxville, Tenn., drove in 61 runs for the Helena Brewers, tied for second in the classification. The first baseman hit .308 and ranked among the top five in the Pioneer League in RBIs, homers (13), doubles (20), slugging percentage (.542) and OPS (.948). The Milwaukee Brewers selected Hawn in the sixth round of the June Draft out of the University of Tennessee.

It should be noted that Hawn is not definite to start 2011 with the Timber Rattlers…but it sure would be nice if he did.

Draft review

Tom Haudricourt mentions that Baseball America has a recap of the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers draft.  However, that BA part is behind the subscriber wall.  So..

BA notes the offensive prowess displayed by first baseman Cody Hawn, a
sixth-rounder out of Tennessee, with the rookie club in Helena and
cites him for “Best Pro Debut.”

Another college first baseman Hunter
Morris, a fourth rounder out of Auburn, is mentioned.

On the defensive side, ninth-rounder Yadiel Rivera, a prep shortstop out of Puerto Rico, gets mention.

BA notes that third-rounder Tyler Thornburg could move fast because
of his electric fastball. And fifth-rounder Matt Miller, a right-hander
out of Michigan, is mentioned for his strong showing at Helena.

I think that most of the players mentioned have a good shot at being Timber Rattlers sometime in 2011.

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