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Big Jake

Jake Odorizzi (’10)…Yeah. He’s pitching pretty well with Wilmington in the Carolina League.

The Royals prospect earned his first Carolina League win by striking out 10 over seven innings as the Wilmington Blue Rocks blanked the Winston-Salem Dash, 4-0.

Odorizzi (1-0), MLB.com’s No. 37 prospect, reached double digits in strikeouts for the second consecutive outing and yielded only three hits.

“Refining my pitches, I’m trying to get everything going for a strike,” Odorizzi said of his repertoire, which includes a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. “Tonight was just a culmination of everything and, hopefully, some good things are to come.”

While the performance represented the best of Odorizzi’s first four starts in the Royals system, it didn’t quite match his best as a Minor Leaguer. Pitching for Class A Wisconsin last August, the right-hander tossed eight hitless innings, hitting one batter and walking another while striking out 10.

But Odorizzi, a 2008 first-round pick who was packaged with three other Brewers for Zack Grienke last December, said he felt as strong on the mound Friday as he did late last summer.

“Last year’s eight-inning game was comparable,” Odorizzi said. “Everything worked, every pitch was being thrown for a strike — getting ground balls, it was just a good game all around.”

Jake Odorizzi. Pretty good.

Odorizzi with a possible invite

Brian over at Pocket Doppler had this bit of news to drop.

The agent for Milwaukee Brewers 2008 supplemental first-round draft choice, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, said he expects his client to receive an invite to spring training in 2011.

“We do expect one, and we expect one because a couple reasons,” said Odorizzi’s agent, Jason Wood. “One, because Jake has given a lot to the organization already in terms of willingness to learn. He’s participated in everything they’ve asked him to do, he’s done. Everyplace they’ve asked him to fly, every program they’ve wanted him to participate, he’s done that. And he knows that’s in his best interest.”

Now for the, hold on a second moment…

Just because Odorizzi may get an invite to spring training, doesn’t mean he has a chance of playing for the Brewers this season, even a slim one. It would be more of an opportunity to just let him get a taste of the major league.

“He did get called up for a few spring training games last year but didn’t get to participate,” said Wood. “So my guess is, to help acclimate him to a big league clubhouse and to help get him familiar with that environment, I think he will get an invite.

That is still pretty cool.

No hitter video

Yes. We know. This happened back in August. It is now November.  It took a while to get the video from our good friends at Cedar Rapids. Then, it took some time to “get the right software” (or so I was told).

Then, it took time chop it all up into a manageable viewing time.  But, the end result is excellent.

The only thing missing is Opera Music and Vice President of Epic Kevin Butler chomping on a turkey leg at the end, but that is just how I would have done it.

Plus, you get a little Timber Rattlers baseball in November.  Win-Win-Win!

A few videos

I missed these when they first went up on the Brewers website, but they may be of interest now.  Of course, links only.  MLB does not allow for embedding for some reason.

The first is of Erik Komatsu (’09) joining Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder in the Brewers TV booth late in the season.

The second is of Jake Odorizzi (’10) in the TV booth on the same day.

The visits had to do with the organizational player and pitcher of the year awards won by the former Rattlers.

Click through and enjoy.

Odorizzi is #8 on BA List

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Photo Credit: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

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.

And a few more things

This was covered elsewhere and much earlier, but Jake Odorizzi and Erik Komatsu recently won the Brewers awards for Minor League Pitcher and Minor League Player of the Year.  Odorizzi was a Rattler this year and Komatsu was – briefly due to injuries – a Rattler last year.

We received the DVD of the Odorizzi/Adrian Rosario no-hitter from the Kernels while I was on vacation.  The production crew is working on highlights.  When it is done, there will be a link.

Did you see the results of the Brewers Sunday Jersey Auction?

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