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Mehring From Arizona: The Final 2015 Chapter is on the main website with a recap of the day’s action. Also, here is a link to Jonathan Mayo’s piece from Brewers camp late last week. A taste:
During his full-season debut, No. 21 prospect David Denson took his fair share of lumps. He looks the part of a big, strong left-handed-hitting first baseman. But some holes in his swing were exposed and he didn’t tap into his considerable raw power consistently. Denson will be just 20 for all of this season, so there’s time yet for him to adjust.
“I think he’s going to come around this year,” Nichols said. “We’ll see the adjustments he makes. He was at a higher level, probably, than he should’ve been, and he battled some injuries. He has a tremendous eye and big-time power. With that combination, I think he’s going to have a breakout year this year.”
Nichols also is expecting a big year from Brandon Woodruff, the system’s No. 30 prospect and an 11th-round pick from last June’s Draft. His combination of command and game plan intrigue the Brewers.
“I think you’re going to see something from him,” Nichols predicted. “He pitches inside with a fastball. He can pitch in on purpose. He has an idea of what he’s doing. His mechanics are clean. He’s not grunting and groaning out there. He might be in Brevard, he’ll maybe skip a level.”
There is also a three questions segment with Kody Medeiros, a possible Rattler in 2015.
Here’s today’s interview with Matt Erickson, Wisconsin’s manager. We discuss Devin Williams, Milton Gomez, Jake Gatewood, and Dustin DeMuth…and a few other things.
Photos from today:
That will do it from Arizona. Back to Wisconsin tomorrow. Can the season start yet?!
Here is a brief interview with Gary Lucas, the new pitching coach of the Timber Rattlers.
Photos from today’s game over at Hohokam against the A’s.
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:
The wrap on the Rattlers Saturday action is up in the new Mehring in Arizona column.
Popup day during practice:
Another former Timber Rattler player has been traded. Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Michael Saunders (’06) from the Seattle Mariners:
The Toronto Blue Jays plugged their hole in left field by acquiring Michael Saunders from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander J.A. Happ, a deal that signals Melky Cabrera’s departure and gives GM Alex Anthopoulos extra money to work with to bolster the bullpen.
Saunders, a 28-year-old from Victoria, is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.9 million in salary arbitration, and becomes just the fourth outfielder on the club’s 40-man roster. He’ll take over from Cabrera as the starting left-fielder, meaning the club’s attempts at re-signing the free agent are essentially over.
“Saunders is going to be our everyday left-fielder,” said Anthopoulos. “We ultimately had to make a decision to go that route.
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I had to clear some photos off my phone to make room for some updates. As I was going through the pictures I found a few from July that I don’t think I ever posted. Remember that trip to Quad Cities in July where the Mississippi River had flooded its banks and Modern Woodmen Park was surrounded by water? Remember that Quad Cities has a ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park? Here’s the view:
Alumni Birthdays for December 4:
Carlos Gomez (’10, ’11, ’12) – 29
Dave Vanhof (’95, ’96) – 41
Eduardo Martinez (’93) – 41
Christopher Connolly (’92) – 44
Francisco Garcia (’90) – 45
Gabriel Pineda (’91) – 46
Bill Drohan (’89) – 47
Kevin Ruckebeil (’85) – 51
Henry “Red” Kubiszak (’40) – Would have been 98
I have been waiting for awhile to use the material in this post. Today seemed like a good day.
First, a brief time lapse video of the grounds crew prepping the field.
My choice of music for that video would have been Yaktey Sax…but that’s just me. Either selection works.
The other section of this post is material that was collected by Jay Grusznski in the second half of the 2014 Timber Rattlers season.
Jay did a lot of searching through the pages of the teams in the different independent leagues and came up with a list of former Timber Rattlers playing in those leagues.
Some of these players spent time in both affiliated ball and the independent leagues this season. If I had a heart, these guys would hold a special place in it. Why? Because – as some of you may remember – I spent three seasons as a radio announcer for the Duluth/Superior Dukes in the Northern League of Professional Baseball. Maybe one day I will share some of my photos of the stadiums of the league at the time.
Kansas City T-Bones:
TJ Mittelstaedt (’11)
Bryan Sabatella (’06)
St. Paul Saints:
RJ Seidel (’09)
Brent Dean (’13)
Alan Williams (’11, ’12, ’13)
Gerardo Avila (’06, ’07, ’08)
Seth Lintz (’11, ’12)
Grand Prairie AirHogs:
Tom Keeling (’11)
Johan Limonta (’06) – All-Star
BROCK! Kjeldgaard (’09)
Zack Braddock (’11)
Cody Scarpetta (’09)
Sugar Land Skeeters:
Travis Scott (’06)
Dan Meadows (’09)
Jeff Dominguez (’06)
Mike Wilson (’05)
Long Island Ducks:
Brett Lorin (’08)
Denny Almonte (’08)
Emiliano Fruto (’02)
Joe Dunigan (’08)
Kalian Sams (’07)
Les Capitales de Quebec:
Sebastien Boucher (’05)
New Jersey Jackals:
Joe Dunigan (’08)
Taylor Mangum (’13)
Chad Robinson (’10)
Chad Robinson (’10)
Lake Erie Crushers:
Juan Sanchez (’09)
Kyle Dhanani (’09, ’10)
Managed by Jeff Isom (’09, ’10)
Adam Giacalone (’13)
Tyler Roberts (’11, ’12, ’13)
Chadwin Stang (’11, ’12)
Santo Manzanillo (’10, ’12)
Fort Worth Cats:
Jose Duran (’09)
Not Independent League, but this seems like a good place to mention these players
Japan Central League:
Yokohama Bay Stars:
Jorge Sosa (’01)
Wladimir Balentien (’04)
Kane County leads Best-of-three first round series 1-0.
Kane County 7
Boxscore | Gameday | Game Recap
To continue their season, the Rattlers need to go to Kane County and take two straight from the Cougars. Kane County was 54-17 at home in the regular season.
Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
Tune in later today for details on the mess that is the playoff race in both the East and the West.
Postgame Comments (Jon Feyen):
PHOTOS (Ann Mollica):
Taylor Brennan has hit three grand slams this season. Two of those slams have come after the Rattlers and Steinhafel’s started a promotion that gave a fan in attendance at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium a Steinhafel’s gift card. The value kept going up between each bases loaded homer at home. On Thursday night, the winner received a gift card for $1,500 after the Brennan slam. Three of Wisconsin’s grand slams at home have given away a total of $4,125 in Steinhafel’s gift cards. That’s why I love this photo: