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Baseball America released their list of the Top 20 Prospects in the Midwest League earlier this week. That list contained no Timber Rattlers.
There are 16 teams in the MWL and there is no guarantee that every team is going to have at least one player in that Top 20 list…Especially in a year where some teams are loaded – from a prospect standpoint. For example: Cedar Rapids (4), Quad Cities (3), and Kane County (3) took up half of the 20 spots on the 2013 MWL list.
JJ Cooper handled the “Why no Rattlers?” question in his chat (No link. Subscribers only) content:
Mike (Milwaukee, WI): I’m a bit surprised not to see a single TimberRattler make your list, specifically Tyrone Taylor, Orlando Arcia or Victor Roache. Was it simply a matter of not having room for them, or are their ceilings just not as high as those who did make it?
J.J. Cooper: Promised on Twitter that I would answer this one. All three were among prospects considered for the list. Taylor came the closest to making it. I’d say he was in the 21-30 range. Pretty universally scouts liked Taylor more than Roache because of a better hitting approach, better defense, plays a premium position and is more athletic. In Taylor you have a solid center fielder while Roache was considered adequate in LF. Taylor was probably the third best CF prospect in the league behind Toles but ahead of Mallex Smith. Arcia often looked overmatched this year at the plate, but scouts think he’ll improve as he matures. He has a solid swing but he’s just not strong enough to do anything with that swing yet.
The Toles that Cooper mentions is Bowling Green’s Andrew Toles, who won the MWL batting title at .326. Toles was placed at #19 on BA’s list.
Also from earlier this week, Adam McCalvy had this surprise in his twitter timeline:
#Brewers also re-signed RHP Arcenio Leon, who won’t be in big league camp, and announced RHP Austin Blaski (21st rd in 2012) has retired.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 1, 2013
The surprise part is that last note about 2013 Timber Rattlers All-Star Pitcher Austin Blaski retiring.
Blaski’s last game with the Timber Rattlers was on June 13 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field. Blaski allowed one run on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win in a 2-1 defeat of the Snappers. He was a late addition to the 2013 MWL All-Star squad and was scheduled to pitch in the game at Dayton. But, he was scratched from making an appearance. That game was on June 18. Blaski had surgery one month later – July 18.
Bout to get this surgery over with so I can get on this road to recovery
— Austin Blaski (@ABlaski7) July 18, 2013
Now, he’s retired.
Good luck, Austin.
Three items for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
A fan of a Milwaukee Brewers minor-league affiliate and some pals walked out of Ohio Stadium last week with flat-screen televisions, signed memorabilia and other items.
All they left behind was a purple hat with the logo for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Ohio State University Deputy Police Chief Richard Morman said yesterday.
The theft took place after the Illinois game on Nov. 3 — between 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 8 the next morning, police said.
The thieves apparently scaled the fence that surrounds the stadium, then used a trash can to climb onto the suites’ patio, Morman said. The doors to the suites were unlocked.
Six suites were entered, he said, and four flat-screen TVs, valued at $2,000 total, were taken. Eleven autographed photographs valued at $200 were taken after the glass of the frames was smashed. The memorabilia was owned by the companies or families who lease the suites, Morman said. A kiosk on the Huntington level was broken into, and $1,800 worth of merchandise was taken.
Police are working on getting video to identify the thieves, but they’re also relying on the hat left behind. It’s a purple hat with the Timber Rattlers’ logo: a snake wrapped around a W.
“It’s not something that’s real common in central Ohio, to see someone wearing a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hat,” Morman said. “If this person is a student, staff or faculty member, (someone) might recognize him.”
The Timber Rattlers — 2012 Midwest League Champions — play in Appleton, Wis.
Break-ins at the stadium are unusual, Morman said.
Story from The Columbus Dispatch. Bold for emphasis.
The following list has twelve spots. Six belong to Timber Rattlers from 2012. Five belong to Timber Rattlers of past seasons. One spot on the list is a possible Rattler for the 2013 season. I have pulled a few notes on each player, but make sure to click the link above for the complete notes on them.
C – Cameron Garfield: “He missed some time with injuries, but he jumped into the Midwest League and did a great job at the plate with his bat,” special assistant to the general manager and director of player development Reid Nichols said. “I think his offense was nice to see; he responded with the bat. He still has some work to do defensively, but he’s a more offensive type of guy at this point.”
1B – Hunter Morris: Led the Southern League in a number of categories, including homers, RBIs, hits (158), extra-base hits (74) and slugging percentage (.563). Defensively, his .995 fielding percentage was the most among all Southern League first basemen. Morris made six errors in 1,259 chances, had a league-best 1,198 putouts and teamed up on 112 double plays.
2B – Scooter Gennett: “I think that was a good choice. He’s a young guy that responded to being pushed to Double-A,” Nichols said. “He will be a good big league hitter. He improved defensively which was what we were pleased most with. The main issue used to be that if he made an error, he would let it get him down and he would maybe make another one. But he overcame that and became a good defensive second baseman this year. He expects so much of himself that when he doesn’t perform he gets down.”
SS – Yadiel Rivera: While Rivera has not displayed the ability to consistently hit for average in his brief Minor League career, his other stats are trending upward. His 12 homers and 49 RBIs ranked first among Milwaukee shortstops, and his .247 average, while not spectacular, was still a career best for the 20-year-old native of Puerto Rico who was selected in the ninth round of the 2010 Draft. Defensively, Rivera posted a .962 fielding percentage, having committed 22 errors in 586 chances.
3B – Brandon Macias: While his home runs tally fell behind the likes of Andy Gonzalez and T.J. Mittelstaedt (both 13) and Mike Walker (12), his 35 doubles meant he finished with more extra-base hits (45) and total bases (198) than any of them. Not afraid to crowd the inside half of the plate, Macias was hit by 21 pitches this season. No other player on the Milwaukee farm was hit more than 12 times, and only two other batters racked up double-digit HBPs.
OF – Ben McMahan
Despite playing as many as 28 games fewer than some of the other outfielders in the organization, McMahan led all Brewers outfielders in homers (15), triples (11), RBIs (68) and slugging percentage (.500).
The University of Florida alum, selected in the 23rd round of the 2011 Draft, made the jump from the short-season Pioneer League seamlessly. While he struggled with plate discipline at times (29 walks to 129 strikeouts in 414 at-bats), his raw power and plus speed impressed coaches who hope to see his growth continue in 2013.
OF – Josh Prince: What third-rounder Prince lacks in power, he makes up for in speed and aggressiveness, according to Nichols. The 24-year-old, a Louisville Slugger All-American in his freshman year at Tulane University, ranked second in the organization with 41 stolen bases this year. His 74 walks and 28 doubles were the most of any outfielder in the system, while his 55 RBIs and 74 runs scored were both career highs.
OF – Chadwin Stang: “Chadwin is a little older player who is Canadian,” Nichols observed. “He has a lack of playing experience, but it’s always up to the individual. He accepted that he had to catch up with some of the other players. I saw him have a more consistent approach at the plate this year, and he stayed on the field even though he had minor injuries. He played a good, full season.”
UT – Jason Rogers: At his fourth level in three years, the 24-year-old adjusted well to the jump, posting a .300/.416/.412 slash line. With five more longballs and an additional 23 RBIs, Rogers set career highs in virtually every offensive category. His 35 doubles were tied for the second-most in the system, while his 83 runs were second only to Stang.
RHSP – Hiram Burgos: “He will start for a Major League club. He didn’t miss a beat going through the levels; he was right in sync. He stayed within himself. He’s a command pitcher, but because his command is so good, it makes his fastball look even faster when he throws it inside.”
LHSP – Taylor Wall: Selected in the 22nd round of the 2012 Draft out of Rice University, Wall went 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 14 games, including 10 starts, in his rookie year with Helena in the Pioneer League. He struck out twice as many batters (40) as he walked (20), and he allowed three homers over 54 1/3 innings.
RP – Jim Henderson: He held hitters to a .214 average, and he yielded two homers in 48 innings pitched. A Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star, Henderson struck out more than a batter an inning (56) and recorded a 1.21 WHIP before earning a promotion to Milwaukee.
#3. Brewers add five former Timber Rattlers to their 40-man roster.
This note arrived in an email from the Brewers so no link yet.
Milwaukee added the following former Timber Rattlers to their 40-man roster:
Nick Bucci (’10)
Hiram Burgos (’10)
Khris Davis (’10)
Scooter Gennett (’10)
Josh Prince (’09)
Congratulations to all five!
This post is to provide reasons why the MWL list turned out the way that it did. Not to howl at the moon and go, “WE WUZ ROBBED!” I plan to provide a little context and make at least one argument in favor of the inclusion of at least ONE Rattler.
What list? Oh, read on!
The last paragraph of the article by Jim Callis that accompanies Baseball America’s Top 20 list of Midwest League Prospects that had no Timber Rattlers:
Wisconsin captured the championship with the oldest roster in the league and nary a prospect who received strong consideration for this list. The Timber Rattlers won the finals in four games over Fort Wayne, which led all clubs with five prospects among the Top 20.
I’m going to do some math….back in a second…an hour…head over to this page at Baseball Reference and let’s do math together! Add a the average age of the hitters for a team to the average age of the pitchers for a team and divide by two. Right?
The average age of the 2012 Timber Rattlers was 22.4. Take out the Major League rehabs to appear with the Rattlers this past season – Shaun Marcum (30), Jonathan Lucroy (26), and Carlos Gomez (26) – and the average drops to 22.3. They are still the oldest team in the league…BUT by just over a month.
Five oldest teams in the Midwest League (2012):
- Wisconsin – 22.4 (adjusted at 22.3)
- Burlington – 22.2
- Beloit – 22.1
- Quad Cities – 22.0
- South Bend 21.9
Average age of a player in the Midwest League in 2012: 21.8 years.
Five Youngest teams in the Midwest League (2012):
- Lake County – 20.8
- Bowling Green – 21.3
- Peoria – 21.3
- Dayton – 21.5
- Fort Wayne – 21.6
It should be noted that I am not getting Dayton’s average age to figure correctly. Their hitters have an average age of 21.3 even with rehab appearances by Drew Stubbs (27), Joey Votto (28), and Miguel Cairo (38). Take those players out of the equation and … I get an average age for the hitters of 21.6. That can’t be right. So….number with a grain of salt please.
I am not going to argue that a Timber Rattlers player should have been included in the Top 5 prospects on the list.
- Javier Baez – ss, Peoria
- Miguel Sano – 3b, Beloit
- Francisco Lindor – ss, Lake County
- Archie Bradley – rhp, South Bend
- Noah Syndergaard – rhp, Lansing
The only thing to quibble with the Top 5 ton hat list is the order. Instead, let’s take a look at the 16-20:
16. Kyle Smith – rhp, Kane County
17. Travis Jankowski – of, Fort Wayne
18. Adys Portillo – rhp, Fort Wayne
19. Jace Peterson – ss, Fort Wayne
20. Stephen Piscotty – 3b, Quad Cities
Here are five 2012 Timber Rattlers who were placed on Baseball America’s Top 30 list of Brewers Prospects in the 2012 Prospect Handbook: RHP Santo Manzanillo, RHP David Goforth, RHP Drew Gagnon, SS Yadiel Rivera, and 1B Nick Ramirez.
Manzanillo wasn’t going to make the MWL List. He’s been in the league before, was still working his way back from his car accident, and didn’t have enough games with the Rattlers in 2012 to be eligible.
Rankings are not entirely based on stats in a particular year. How a particular observer projects that player will do in the future is a big part of it
The point that Yadiel Rivera hit .247 with 12 homers, seven stolen bases and 22 errors while Peterson hit .286 and stole 51 bases with 28 errors may mean less than the data points that Rivera is 20 and was a 9th round pick in 2010 while Peterson is 22 and a 1st round pick in 2011.
Also, where a player was drafted – if he was drafted at all may have a lot to do with it. Brandon Macias had an incredible 2012. He was at or near the top of the list in a lot of offensive categories – OBP, runs, average, doubles, hits, hit by pitch. By any standard an outstanding season. Except with the list makers. Macias an non-drafted free agent in 2011 is not going to get consideration for a list like this while Stephen Piscotty, a supplemental first round pick in 2012, makes the list. Piscotty played well in 55 games for Quad Cities in 2012. Project his numbers out over a full season and the numbers may be a bit similar with maybe a slight edge to Macias.
But the list makers will give the edge to Piscotty every time. It’s just the way the lists work. After watching and getting to know Macias all of the 2012 season, he doesn’t care about lists and whether he makes them or not. He’s just going to go out there are play hard and to the best of his ability every day.
Player vs. player comparisons may not be as big of a factor as some of the other criteria used to slot players on the list. BUT, here is a player-to-player comparison:
Drew Gagnon was 6-1 in 14 starts with a 2.83ERA and 65 strikeouts in 82-2/3 innings with the Rattlers before being promoted to Brevard County in the Florida State League. Gagnon is 22 and was a 3rd round pick in 2011.
Adys Portillo was 6-6 in 18 starts with a 1.87ERA and 81 strikeouts in 91-2/3 innings with Fort Wayne before being promoted to San Antonio in the Texas League. Portillo is 20 and was signed out of Venezuela on July 2, 2008 when he was 16.
I’m not saying that Portillo should be taken off the list and Gagnon belongs in his spot. But, to say that Gagnon – or any of the Rattlers who were eligible for the list that Baseball America considers prospects – didn’t receive strong consideration for the list is a little ridiculous.
Just for fun, Baseball America’s Top 20 list of Midwest League Prospects after the 2009 season.
1. Aaron Hicks, of, Beloit (Twins)
2. Dee Gordon, ss, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
3. Josh Vitters, 3b, Peoria (Cubs)
4. Brett Lawrie, 2b, Wisconsin (Brewers)
5. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Burlington (Royals)
6. Casey Crosby, lhp, West Michigan (Tigers)
7. Simon Castro, rhp, Fort Wayne (Padres)
8. Jaff Decker, of, Fort Wayne (Padres)
9. Cody Scarpetta, rhp, Wisconsin (Brewers)
10. Ethan Martin, rhp, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
11. Tim Melville, rhp, Burlington (Royals)
12. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Burlington (Royals)
13. A.J. Pollock, of, South Bend (Diamondbacks)
14. Wily Peralta, rhp, Wisconsin (Brewers)
15. James Darnell, 3b, Fort Wayne (Padres)
16. Chris Archer, rhp, Peoria (Cubs)
17. Kyle Russell, of, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
18. Grant Desme, of, Kane County (Athletics)
19. Pedro Figueroa, lhp, Kane County (Athletics)
20. Chris Carpenter, rhp, Peoria (Cubs)
Also for fun, here is what Jim wrote about the MWL Champions that year:
Decker and third baseman James Darnell, a 2008 second-rounder, were part of a TinCaps team that won a minor league-high 94 games and both half-season titles in the MWL East, then swept Burlington in the playoff finals.
Great Lakes led all minor league teams with 90 regular-season victories, but the Loons came up short of a championship. They dropped the last two games of their semifinal series to Lake County, which didn’t place a single player on this Top 20 Prospects list.
Another righthander, Carlos Martinez, drew comparisons to Pedro Martinez (no relation) and would have given Walker a run for the top spot had he not been promoted after just eight starts for eventual champion Quad Cities.
At the end of the day, the 2012 list has done its job. It gave us a starting point for the 2013 season and got us talking about Baseball America – and baseball – two weeks after our season ended.
List of games the 2012 Rattlers have allowed 10 or more runs:
April 24 @South Bend – 10-4 (L)
May 15 @Kane County – 11-5 (L)
June 1@Cedar Rapids 14-9 (L)
July 6 @Cedar Rapids 12-11 (L)
August 7 @Beloit 10-4 (L)
August 8 v. Cedar Rapids 15-1 (L)
August 15 @Beloit 13-10 (L)
August 26 @Peoria 10-3 (L)
The Day in pictures:
Final thoughts: Great job by the Chiefs front office and grounds crew in a difficult spot. They held off the start of the game because of a weather system that could have dumped a lot of rain on the field a lot earlier than it did. Nobody wanted to burn a starting pitcher and nobody wanted a doubleheader. Also, I am about 92.4% positive that the umpires almost called for the tarp in the top of the ninth inning. That would have been a mistake.
Right now, It’s raining all over the world:
Rafael Neda Career Triples as a Professional:
August 13, 2011 w/ AZL Brewers v. AZL Royals off Caesar Ogando
August 24, 2012 w/ Rattlers v. Cedar Rapids off Nick Mutz
2012 Timber Rattlers Extra Innings Games:
April 15 v. Peoria 5-3 loss in 11 innings
April 21 @West Michigan 3-2 win in 12 innings
April 22 @South Bend 2-1 loss in 10 innings
April 26 v. Dayton 3-1 loss in 10 innings
May 12 @Kane County 2-1 win in 11 innings
May 16 v. Burlington 5-4 win in 10 innings
May 29 @Peoria 4-3 loss in 14 innings
June 10 v. Beloit 5-2 win in 10 innings
June 12 @Clinton 5-2 win in 10 innings
June 29 v. Peoria 8-7 win in 10 innings
July 13 @Lake County 7-6 loss in 15 innings
July 18 v. Great Lakes 5-4 win in 10 innings
July 20 v. Great Lakes 2-1 loss in 13 innings
August 11 v. Clinton 9-8 loss in 13 innings
August 24 v. Cedar Rapids 3-2 loss in 10 innings
Timber Rattlers players with 100 or more hits this season:
Brandon Macias – 123
Chadwin Stang – 119
Ben McMahan – 109
Greg Hopkins – 105
Yadiel Rivera – 100
Opposing players with two multi-homer games against Wisconsin this season:
Zach Borenstein, Cedar Rapids (July 6 & August 23)
Timber Rattlers players with ten or more home runs this season:
Nick Ramirez – 15
Ben McMahan – 12
Yadiel Rivera – 12
Cameron Garfield – 10
Timber Rattlers Team Home Runs:
2005 – 101
2012 – 96 (with 12 games remaining)
1998 – 93
1999 – 90
2000 – 90
1996 – 84
2010 – 81
2004 – 79
1997 – 79
2003 – 77
2011 – 76
2001 – 74
2006 – 71
2007 – 71
2009 – 62
2002 – 61
2008 – 60
1995 – 55
Nick Ramirez Walks in July, 2012:
July 15 @ Fort Wayne – 1st inning against Cody Hebner
July 18 v. Great Lakes – 6th inning against Raydel Sanchez
Nick Ramirez Walks on August 22, 2012 vs. Cedar Rapids:
1st inning against Frank Di Jiulio
4th inning against Frank Di Jiulio
7th inning against Joe Melioris
8th inning against Brandon Lodge
Highlights for August 22, 2012:
In case you missed it, Lance Roenicke, the son of Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, joined the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Thursday.
The Roenicke family is the latest in a line of Rattlers players with family in the big leagues.
Here is a brief list off the top of my head:
Son Jack Arroyo – Father Rudy Arroyo
Brother Steven Braun – Brother Ryan Braun
Son Cirilo Cruz – Father Tommy Cruz
Son Cutter Dykstra – Father Lenny Dykstra
Bother Michael Garciaparra – Brother Nomar Garciaparra
Son Andy Hargrove – Father Mike Hargrove
Son Aaron Looper – Father Benny Looper
Son Joey Paciorek – Father Jim Paciorek
Son Dusty Wathan – Father John Wathan
UPDATE FROM THE COMMENTS:
Thank you, Murphy. I knew that I would forget something.
Brother Shawn Buhner – Brother Jay Buhner
This is a list of the single most direct relations (For example: I left out Jose Cruz, Sr, Hector Cruz, and Jose Cruz, Jr for Cirilo Cruz).
The relative also needed to have some tie to the major leagues. Benny Looper didn’t play in the big leauges, but he was the Mariners Director of Minor League in 1997 when Aaron Looper was drafted by the Mariners. Cody Scarpetta and his father and uncle are not on the list.
And it was baseball only. (Sorry, Son Matt (Rattlers) & Father Manu (NFL) Tuiasosopo)
One that I vaguely remember, but couldn’t corroborate is:
Nephew Gorky Estrella – Uncle Edgar Martinez
If there are any that I am missing – and I’m sure that I did – feel free to drop them in the comments. I am not afraid to ask for help.
Jonathan Mayo has this story on the Brewers website. His Top Ten
- Mark Rogers
- Wily Peralta
- Kyle Heckathorn
- Scooter Gennett
- Amaury Rivas
- Eric Farris
- Cody Scarpetta
- Kentrail Davis
- Tyler Thornburg
- Jimmy Nelson
Click the link for video, Mayo’s scouting reports on each of the players, and see under the radar (under the radar) players Erik Komatsu and Dan Merklinger.
A taste of the scouting reports for two potential Rattlers for 2011 and predictions:
9. Tyler Thornburg, RHP: The 2010 third-rounder out of Charleston Southern was hampered in his summer debut by a minor injury, though he did show that Pioneer League hitters were no match for him (.179 average against; 38 K’s in 23 1/3 innings). He has a good fastball and outstanding curve. If his changeup and command can improve, he could prove wrong those who think his size means he’s better suited for the bullpen and be a starter long term. He’ll serve in that role for his first full season.
10. Jimmy Nelson, RHP: At his best, the 2010 second-round pick features a heavy fastball (he had a 3.00 groundout-flyout ratio in his brief pro debut last summer) and a good slider. He has a changeup, but it needs work to catch up to the other two pitches. He’s big and durable and could be a workhorse in the middle or back of a rotation. If the third pitch doesn’t come, he could have a future as a short reliever with his other two offerings. Either way, he could be the type to move fairly quickly, starting with a full-season assignment in 2011.
Hitter of the Year — Gennett
He’ll continue to live up to his name, playing hard while leading the organization in batting average and continuing to show surprising extra-base pop.
Pitcher of the Year – Nelson
Heckathorn could walk away with his second straight award, but here’s a hunch that things will click for Nelson, as he’ll earn a promotion while topping the system in ERA.
Baseball America released their list of the Top 20 prospects in the Midwest League for 2010. Jake Odorizzi is the only Timber Rattler on the list. He checks in at #8.
The other pitchers on the list ahead of Odorizzi are: #2 Shelby MIller (QC); #4 Jacob Turner (WMI); & #7 Trey McNutt (PEO).
To no one’s surprise, Mike Trout (CR) was the #1 prospect in the MWL this season.
There is a bit behind the subscriber wall on Odorizzi. But, well, you know…it’s Baseball America.
There is a chat for Baseball America subscribers at 1pm CDT today. Head over to their website and check it out. If there is anything Timber Rattlers-related mentioned in the chat, I’ll share it either later today or some time tomorrow.
As a preview;
Q: How close was XXXXXX to making the Top 20?
A. XXXXXX was in the conversation. But, we had to leave some worthy candidates off the list. It is only a Top 20 list.
Q. Had XXXXXX been eligible where would XXXXXX have been in the Top 20?
A. We heard from some scouts that, while they loved the way that XXXXXX approached the game and worked, they only see XXXXXX as a fringe player and there would have been no serious consideration to put XXXXXX on this Top 20 list.
Q. XXXXXX had an outstanding season and STILL didn’t make this Top 20 list? What does he have to do to get any respect?
A. You are obviously related to XXXXXX. Please never chat with us again.
Q. The stats show that XXXXXX struggled this year. What does this do to his stock?
A. Stats don’t tell the whole story. XXXXXX’s stuff has been outstanding. Scouts we talked to really like his makeup and believe that the results will come with time.
Q. I saw XXXXXX several times this season. He looked very good, but the results weren’t there. Will he come around?
A. His BB/K ratio needs to come way down and some scouts are concerned about his mechanics. Only time will tell, but the consensus is that it will take a long time for the light bulb to go off for XXXXXX.
I could go on, but why spoil the chat for everyone.